Heckmondwike Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1898, Heckmondwike Grammar School (HGS) is a co-educational grammar school and sixth form based in West Yorkshire that teaches children aged 11 – 18. A Technology College, HGS gained academy status in 2010 and has since specialised as a Language College. Over 1,300 pupils are split across four houses: Brontë, Clarke, Houldsworth and Priestley, and compete in inter-house competitions.


A high-performing academic school, HGS not only consistently appears in the top 100 state schools in Britain, it also prides itself on offering an array of extracurricular activities for pupils, including drama, arts and music.


For an insight into academic life at Heckmondwike Grammar School watch this short video that showcases the music department:




11 Plus Exam Information for Heckmondwike Grammar School



Address: Heckmondwike Grammar School, High Street, Heckmondwike WF16 0AH

County: Yorkshire (Kirklees)

Admissions Info: info@heckgrammar.co.uk, 01924 402202

School Type: Mixed Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,324 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)



Heckmondwike Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions



Year 7 admission to Heckmondwike Grammar School is managed by the local authority, Kirklees Council. There are 180 places available in Year 7 and parents are encouraged to visit HGS ahead of registration. This allows both parents and children to learn more about the admission process and to ensure a grammar school education is suitable for the child.


Parents must include HGS as one of their school choices via the local authority’s common application system, which can be completed online. Usually, HGS is over-subscribed for places in Year 7 and uses the following criteria to determine priority:


  • Children who are in, or have previously been in, public care.
  • Children within the school’s catchment area.
  • Children with siblings already at the school.
  • Children who have a parent employed at the school at time of application and entry.


More information about the HGS’ admission criteria can be found on the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Heckmondwike Grammar School



Year 7 admission to Heckmondwike Grammar School is based on the results of an 11 Plus exam entrance test. To enter for this exam, parents must register their child before the closing date via the Local Authority website. Parents must also complete a Supplementary Information Form via the school’s website.


Children of parents who miss the registration deadline will be considered as late applicants and those applications will only be considered once the initial round of allocations has been completed.



Heckmondwike Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format



In 2014, Heckmondwike Grammar School adopted the CEM (The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring) exam by University of Durham. This test consists of two papers covering:



Each paper contains a mix of multiple-choice and standard format questions and the papers tend to present pupils with a mix of questions one after the other. Typically, students can expect a short maths section, and a longer problem-solving exercise, followed by plenty of vocabulary assessments in various formats as well as some comprehension. Children must manage their time well in order to complete the tests.


Test results are fully standardised and age weighted, to ensure fairness for all those sitting the exams. Parents will receive the 11 Plus test results in mid-October and the Local Authority will distribute formal offers in early March.



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



To succeed in the 11 Plus exam, children need to be focused and invest time in their revision. Begin with our guide to studying for the 11+ exam and create a thorough study plan well ahead of the exam date.


The Heckmondwike Grammar School 11 Plus exam focuses heavily on reasoning ability, so we would recommend reading the following articles on the relevant subjects:



The school is open to 180 new Year 7 students, but has reported receiving in excess of 800 registrations each year, so competition is very strong. To give your child the best chance of gaining a place at HGS, make sure they are taking practice exam papers under timed conditions. To complete the CEM 11 Plus test, pupils must answer questions quickly. In the final few weeks before the real exams, your child should sit practice papers under timed conditions until they can finish all the questions in the test papers within the allocated time.


For Heckmondwike Grammar School 11 Plus revision, we would specifically recommend the following resources:


11 Plus CEM Mathematics Short Numerical Reasoning

11 Plus CEM Maths Long Numerical Reasoning

11 Plus CEM Maths Multiple Choice Reasoning


11 Plus CEM Verbal Reasoning (Pack 1)

11 Plus English Cloze (Pack 1)

11 Plus English/Verbal Reasoning: Comprehension (Pack 1) Fiction

11 Plus English/Verbal Reasoning: Comprehension (Pack 2) Non-Fiction

11 Plus Synonyms + Antonyms Pack 1

11 Plus Synonyms + Antonyms Pack 2

11 Plus Shuffled Sentences


11 Plus CEM Practice Test 1

11 Plus CEM Practice Test 2


The information provided about Heckmondwike 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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