There are currently four grammar schools in the region of Dorset, with two based in Bournemouth and two in Poole. For specific eleven plus and admissions information for each school, please click on the links below:
Registration Closing Date: September
Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: GL Assessment
Results Date: October
Pass Mark: Scores are standardised; pass mark is not released
Allocations Date: March
Appeals Hearings: April, May, June
All Year 7 places at Dorset grammar schools are determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. Before applying for a place, parents and prospective pupils should attend their preferred school’s open event in July. At these events, parents will have the opportunity to meet members of staff and current pupils and acquire more information about the admissions process.
The four grammar schools in Dorset share the same admissions process, although parents must apply to their own Local Authority (LA) in the first instance.
Parents who wish to register their child to sit the Dorset 11+ entrance test must register with their preferred schools before the September deadline. Registration forms can be completed online via each school’s website. As all four grammar schools in Dorset share the same eleven plus test, children only need to sit one test and results will be shared with the other schools.
The 11 Plus exam for Dorset grammar schools consists of three multiple choice tests that cover mathematics, English and verbal reasoning. Each test paper includes questions typical to the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and lasts around 50 minutes.
Parents will be notified of the test results in October and Year 7 places will be allocated in March.
For pupils currently preparing for the Dorset entrance exam, we highly recommend the following resources, all of which are suitable for those taking the 11+ exam set by GL Assessment. These papers cover every element and question type that you can expect to come up in the Dorset Grammar Schools 11 plus exam.
Full-length Mathematics practice papers:
Mathematics skill development:
Full-length English practice papers:
Technical English skill development:
Full-length Verbal Reasoning practice papers:
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The information provided about Dorset grammar schools 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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