Founded in 1883, King Edward VI Handsworth School is a girls-only selective grammar located in Birmingham. Part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI, over 900 girls currently attend the school and it is considered one of the top state schools in the UK.
King Edward VI Handsworth offers pupils a broad curriculum and although it has a rich history, it nevertheless considers itself to be a forward-thinking and modern teaching facility.
Address: King Edward VI Handsworth School, Rose Hill Road, B21 9AR
County: Birmingham, West Midlands
Admissions Info: [email protected], 0121 554 2342
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 912 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 160
Open Day Date: June / September
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus (University of Durham)
King Edward VI Hansdworth School for Girls follows the admission criteria of the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium, along with seven other grammar schools in the area. Only pupils who reach the required standard via the 11+ entrance exam will be considered for entry.
The Consortium requires that students are selected for admission based on their combined, age-standardised score in the CEM 11 Plus exam. Pupils must attain the minimum ‘qualifying score’ to be eligible for admission. However, attaining the qualifying score does not guarantee your daughter a place as the school only has 160 Year 7 places.
If test results are equal, priority will be given to:
In order to apply for a place at the school, parents must register their daughter with the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium using the online application form. Parents must also complete a Local Authority Preference form for their daughter to be considered for a grammar school place in Birmingham.
11 Plus test results will be released in October, with official places allocated in the following March.
All eight grammar schools across Birmingham sit the same 11 Plus exam, including prospective pupils at King Edward VI Handsworth School. The exam consists of two papers, which both last approximately 50 minutes, with additional time for instructions. The two papers are split into sections that cover the following topics:
The majority of the questions in these papers are multiple-choice and children will be provided with a separate answer sheet.
If King Edward VI Handsworth School is your daughter’s first choice school at Year 7, you must ensure that she has all the necessary resources to perform well in the 11 Plus exam. Competition for its 160 places at this stage is fierce so it’s important to set a revision timetable with your daughter that covers all the required subjects. A timetable can also help ensure that your daughter covers everything she’ll need to know for the exam, without being overworked.
To be in with a good chance of gaining a Year 7 place at King Edward VI Handsworth School, we’d suggest using practice exam papers; they are a proven method of helping revision at 11 Plus level.
We would specifically recommend the following practice resources for the King Edward VI Handsworth School 11+ 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 Handsworth 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 Handsworth 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 Handsworth 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 Handsworth 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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