Handsworth Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Handsworth Grammar School (HGS) was founded in 1862 and today is a selective grammar school for boys aged 11-18. Located in Handsworth, just outside of Birmingham city centre, HGS is the oldest surviving selective school in the area.


Since 1997, girls have been permitted to attend the school’s sixth form and in total, the school teaches over 900 pupils. The school puts significant emphasis on teaching a well-rounded curriculum, one that accounts for pupils’ cultural and academic development. In Year 7, for example, pupils are required to complete ‘The Opening Minds Project’, covering subjects such as Citizenship.


For an insight into academic life at Handsworth Grammar School, watch this short promotional video:




11 Plus Exam Information for Handsworth Grammar School



Address: Handsworth Grammar School, Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9ET

County: West Midlands

Admissions Info: 0121 554 2794

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 936 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: June / September

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus (University of Durham)



Handsworth Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions



In Birmingham, all eight grammar schools follow the admission criteria of ‘The Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium’. Only pupils who reach the required standard via an entrance exam will be considered for entry to Handsworth Grammar School.


The Consortium requires that students are selected for admission based on their combined, age-standardised score in the 11 Plus exam. To be eligible for admission, pupils must attain the minimum ‘qualifying score’ in the exam. Parents should note however, that attainment of the qualifying score doesn’t necessarily guarantee students a place at Handsworth.


Applicants are ranked according to their test score and if test scores are equal, priority is given to:


  • Looked after children and previously looked after children.
  • Children who live closest to the school.


More information about the admission policy at Handsworth Grammar School can be found on the school’s website.



How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Handsworth Grammar School



To apply for a Year 7 place at Handsworth Grammar School, parents need to register their child by completing an online application form. Additionally, parents must complete a Local Authority Preference form. In order to complete the full application, parents must also provide a recent passport sized-photograph of their child, which can be emailed alongside the required forms.


Parents will receive their son’s 11 Plus test results in October, although place allocations will not be known until the following March.



Handsworth Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format



The Handsworth Grammar School exam consists of two test papers, each lasting approximately 50 minutes, with additional time for instructions. The papers are split into individually-timed sections that cover:



Most of the questions across the two papers are multiple-choice and children will be required to answer on a separate sheet.



How to Prepare for the Handsworth Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?



Many children are at first anxious about sitting the 11 Plus exam, but with thorough and regular revision, you can ensure that your child takes exam day in their stride.


Practice exam papers are an invaluable part of your son’s Handsworth Grammar School 11+ preparation. Doing these papers under timed conditions are a long-standing, proven method of effective revision. Not only do they give your child a clearer idea of the structure of the exam, they are also shown to improve a child’s time management – something that’s vital with the relatively quick-paced CEM 11 Plus exam.


We have a bundle of specific 11 Plus practice papers that can help your child prepare effectively for the Handsworth Grammar School exam. We would recommend:



The information provided about Handsworth Grammar School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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