There are seven grammar schools in Devon, with three Local Authorities (LA) involved in admissions: Devon County Council, Plymouth and Torbay. Because there are several local authorities involved, 11 Plus admissions in Devon can seem quite confusing. We recommend reading these individual posts for specific schools to learn more about the eleven plus exams and general admissions process:
Colyton Grammar School (Devon LA)
Devonport High School for Boys (Plymouth LA)
Devonport High School for Girls (Plymouth LA)
Plymouth High School for Girls (Plymouth LA)
Churston Ferrers Grammar School (Torbay LA)
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School (Torbay LA)
Torquay Girls’ Grammar School (Torbay LA)
Registration Closing Date: August (Torbay LA), September (Devon LA and Plymouth LA)
Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Devon and Torbay use CEM (University of Durham), Plymouth, uses GL Assessment
Results Date: October
Pass Mark: Not revealed
Allocations Date: March
Appeals Hearings: April, May, June
Application for admission to any Devon grammar school is made through the Local Authority directly. All prospective Year 7 pupils must take the 11 Plus exam in September before the year of entry.
Before applying for a place, parents and prospective students are encouraged to attend their preferred school’s open event, where they will receive more detailed information about the admissions process.
Registration forms for all grammar schools in Devon are available to download from each of the school’s own websites. You can register with the following LAs, depending on which schools you are applying for:
As parents could be applying to various schools across the county, they are advised to visit each school’s website and consult their admissions documents individually, as registration dates can vary from school to school.
As you might expect, 11+ tests at the region’s grammar schools vary. All seven schools set both English and mathematics papers, with schools in Devon and Torbay opting to assess verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning too. Devon and Torbay schools also include a short writing assessment.
Children should expect to answer a range of question types, including multiple-choice, short answer questions and even extended creative writing. Please refer to the individual school posts above for more detail on specific 11 Plus exam formats in the Devon grammar schools.
For pupils currently preparing for the Devon 11 Plus exam, we’d recommend the following resources:
For Devon and Torbay Grammar Schools:
For Plymouth Grammar Schools:
The information provided about grammar schools in Devon was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the schools directly if you are unsure of anything. Contact details are provided within individual school posts.
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