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:
Address: Heckmondwike Grammar School, High Street, Heckmondwike WF16 0AH
County: Yorkshire (Kirklees)
Admissions Info: [email protected], 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)
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:
More information about the HGS’ admission criteria can be found on the school’s website.
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.
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.
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 exam preparation, we would specifically recommend the following resources:
This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 20 questions. It focuses on time-pressured problem solving with question styles that are known to have been previously used by CEM.
This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 5 sections, with 5 questions in each section. It focuses on a specific type of question that comes up in CEM exams. These questions are based on some form of chart or diagram that the student must use to work out the answers. The answers must be recorded on a separate sheet in a specific manner. This pack includes separate answer sheets so students can get used to recording their responses in this way, just like they will need to do in the 11+ Heckmondwike exam.
This pack contains 20 tests, each with 10 questions. It focuses on a different CEM question type in which there are multiple possible answer choices provided and the student must pick the correct one for each question. Separate answer sheets are provided so students can get used to recording their responses in this manner.
This pack contains 15 tests, each with 15 questions. It focuses on fundamental arithmetic skills, developing a strong basis that allows students to work through maths questions efficiently and with confidence.
Verbal Reasoning, as defined by CEM, is quite different to how it may be traditionally understood. It includes a number of question types that focus on vocabulary and comprehension as well as some more unusual formats. Each of the packs below focuses on a different skill that is assessed in the Verbal Reasoning section of the CEM 11+ Heckmondwike exam.
This pack contains plenty of practice for various question types that crop up frequently in CEM exams. These include questions that assess a student’s grasp of synonyms and antonyms as well as other formats such as shuffled sentences and contextual cloze.
These packs contains plenty of vocabulary practice, specifically designed to match the style used in CEM exams in the ‘Word Choice’ section. There are 24 practice tests in each pack, each with 29 questions. We recommend beginning with Pack 1. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging.
This pack focuses on a specific CEM Verbal Reasoning question type that comes up frequently. It’s relatively unusual and, in our experience, students can find it difficult to get to grips with. There are 20 tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on another common CEM Verbal Reasoning question type. It doesn’t feature in that many 11+ resources so your child may not be too familiar with the format. It assesses the depth of a student’s vocabulary, as well as their understanding of phrases and idioms. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on a CEM question type that targets a student’s knowledge and understanding of adjectives. To do well in this question type, students need to have a broad vocabulary as well as a solid understanding of common phrases and idioms. Furthermore, when there are two or more seemingly possible answers, they need to be able to discern which is the ‘best’, given the context. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
This pack focuses on a CEM question type that tests the depth of a student’s vocabulary. These questions can be quite tricky. For example, the superfluous definitions are designed to pose challenges, perhaps defining a homophone of one of the target words. To do well in this question type, students must be confident in their choice of words and their meanings. There are 24 timed tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Heckmondwike exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.
These packs focus on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. Pack 1 focuses on missing words and Pack 2 focuses on missing sentences.
CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Heckmondwike test, focus heavily on assessing a child’s vocabulary. These packs each introduce 200 words within context, helping students to improve both their vocabulary and spelling. This will prove useful for the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging than Pack 1.
This pack covers a number of the question types that are used in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exams such as Matrices, Box Sequences and Exceptions. There are some extension question types as well. Whilst these are not known to be utilised in CEM exams, they will help develop your child’s Non-Verbal reasoning ability, which will stand them in good stead for the exam.
These packs each contain two test papers covering all three topics: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning. Using the official familiarisation material and our deep knowledge of CEM question styles and formats, we’ve created accurate and up to date CEM practice papers that pay attention to all elements including question types, timings, structure, format, question wordings, fonts and design. Answers and Answer Sheets are included so your child can get used to marking their answers as they will need to do in the actual exam.
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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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