King Edward VI Five Ways (KEFW) is a Birmingham-based selective grammar school for boys and girls aged 11-18. Founded in 1883, it moved to its current location in Bartley Green in 1958.
Over 1,100 students are divided into four houses from Year 7. Each student aims to gain as many house points as possible throughout the school year, with a hope of winning the House Championship.
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Address: King Edward VI Five Ways School, Scotland Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham B32 4BT
County: West Midlands
Admissions Info: [email protected], 0121 475 3535
School Type: Co-educational Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,172 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 180
Open Day Date: June and September
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus
Since 2011, all grammar schools in Birmingham follow the admissions criteria of The Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium. At King Edward VI Five Ways School, all prospective Year 7 students are selected for admission based on their combined, age-standardised score in the 11 Plus exam. Due to substantial competition, not every child who achieves the qualifying score can be offered a place at KEFW.
Across grammar schools in the West Midlands, applicants are ranked according to their test score. If test scores are equal, priority is given to students who meet the following criteria:
More information about the admission policy at King Edward VI Five Ways can be found on the school’s website.
If you would like your child to be considered for one of KEFW’s 180 Year 7 places, you must register online with the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium. Parents also need to complete a Local Authority Preference form.
Exam results will be published in October, following the 11+ exam in September, although places will not be allocated until March the following year.
All eight grammar schools in Birmingham hold the same 11 Plus exam on the same day in September. The exam consists of two 50-minute tests that cover the following subjects:
Most of the questions across the two papers are multiple-choice and children will be required to answer on a separate sheet. All marks are standardised, to account for age differences, and are then added together.
Some children find the thought of sitting the 11 Plus exam an intimidating prospect, but with parental support and good revision techniques, the test itself needn’t cause undue worry in your household.
The King Edward Schools in Birmingham are hugely oversubscribed and KEFW is no different. For your child to have the best chance of gaining one of its 180 Year 7 places, they must do plenty of 11 Plus revision. The CEM 11+ exam requires excellent time management skills if pupils are going to complete all questions, so make sure your child takes practice test papers under timed conditions.
For King Edward VI Five Ways School, we would highly recommend the following practice papers to help prepare your child for the exam:
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+ King Edward VI Five Ways 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+ King Edward VI Five Ways 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+ King Edward VI Five Ways 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 King Edward VI Five Ways 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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