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King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

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Introduction

 

King Edward VI School (KES) is a boys’ grammar school in the historic market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Known locally as ‘Shakespeare’s School’, KES proudly carries the legacy of having possibly been the academic home to the world-renowned playwright, William Shakespeare. Since transitioning into an academy in 2011, KES has continued to flourish, currently educating over 700 students. [1]

 

Its academic provision is rooted in variety, encompassing humanities, social sciences, technology, languages (including Mandarin) and many other disciplines. Pupils attend lessons that are both engaging and challenging, aimed at maximising their skillset in line with the school’s strong academic tradition. 

 

Beyond the classroom, boys participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, with notable emphasis placed on sports, including rugby, fencing and rowing. A plethora of clubs and societies enrich the educational experience, boasting everything from animation and astronomy to philosophy and 3D printing. [2]

 

The pastoral care framework ensures that every student feels safe and empowered to accomplish their potential. Staff work in close partnership with parents and comprehensively approach each student’s development, reinforcing in this way the nurturing ethos and collective sense of purpose that permeates all school activities.

 

Recently, an impressive 92.2% of GCSE grades achieved were between 7-9, further confirming KES’ reputation as a sought-after institution for academically gifted students. Graduates continue their educational journey at prestigious universities such as Cambridge, Exeter, Warwick, Durham and University College London, leveraging stellar opportunities to shape their future career paths. [3]

 

King Edward VI School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

 

Address: Chapel Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6BE

County: Warwickshire

Admissions info: admissions@kes.net, 01789 293351

School type: Boys’ grammar

Number of places in Year 7: 87

Open Day date: June

Exam date: September

Pass mark: Aim for 80-85%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.

Exam type / Board: West Midlands Partnership (GL Assessment)

 

King Edward VI School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

You and your son are encouraged to attend Open Morning to ensure that KES is the right educational environment for him. Set in June, the event will provide you with a unique opportunity to explore the school grounds and meet key members of staff.

 

Should there be more applications than available places in Year 7, the school applies its oversubscription criteria in order of priority. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:

 

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus (11+) Entry to King Edward VI School

 

As a member of the West Midlands Grammar School Consortium, King Edward VI School commences its application period in May. It’s crucial to submit your application through the registration portal by the June deadline.

 

It’s also necessary to make an application to your Local Authority (LA). In the LA Preference Form, you need to rank your schools of interest. If KES isn’t listed as one of your preferences, it will preclude your child from being considered for a place there.

 

The school will send you the results of your child’s 11+ test in October. Offers are made in March.

 

King Edward VI School Catchment Area

 

Does King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School have a catchment area?

 

Yes, King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School has a catchment area with priority based on location and distance from the school.

 

King Edward VI School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11 Plus exam consists of two test papers, each lasting approximately 60 minutes. They cover:

 

  • English Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Mathematics
  • Non-Verbal + Spatial Reasoning

 

The English Comprehension paper examines comprehension skills, including inference. There will be no writing component.

 

The Verbal Reasoning section of the exam assesses logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.

 

The maths paper measures problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including questions on number, measurement, geometry, algebra and statistics.

 

The exam will also cover Non-Verbal Reasoning or Spatial Reasoning, both testing logic and intelligence.

 

Results from the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11 Plus will be available to parents online in October, with final Year 7 place allocations published in March the following year.

 

How to Prepare for the King Edward VI School 11 Plus (11+) Exam?

 

The entrance examination for a selective school can be stressful for your child. As such, we highly recommend that you make use of quality practice tests as part of your preparation process. Becoming familiar with the types of questions and the format of the actual exam will increase your child’s confidence and reduce stress ahead of exam day.

 

Our practice tests consist of thoroughly researched and up-to-date question types that reflect a competitive 11+ examination format. They will help ensure that your child responds to the exam questions accurately. 

 

Practice tests will also help your child get used to answering questions quickly, under time pressure. This will give them a significant advantage over their peers. 

 

Our practice tests are designed to replicate the format and layout of the King Edward VI School exam, offering the perfect platform for students to hone their timed response skills. Each year, our resources assist thousands of students to ace the 11+ exam. They are therefore an ideal resource for efficient and effective exam preparation.

 

King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores

 

King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School does not provide information about raw scores, except that they will be age-standardised, ensuring that each student is assessed fairly.

 

Pupils who are able to score 80-85%+ consistently in our 11+ practice tests should be on track to pass the 11+ King Edward VI School test.

 

Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the King Edward VI School 11+ exam. Please click here to learn more.

 

King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11 Plus (11+) Practice Exam Papers

 

The resources listed below are specifically designed to help students prepare for the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ Exam. They cover every aspect of the exam, which is created by GL Assessment.

 

All question types that could come up in the actual exam are addressed across English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.

 

Most of the products below also come with detailed video tutorials to accompany every question. These allow your child to quickly learn from their mistakes and understand the most effective techniques to approach any question that could come up in their exam.

 

Full Practice Tests

 

The following practice tests are specifically designed to help your child prepare for the West Midlands 11+ Exam, used by King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School for Year 7 entry. They provide excellent mock exam preparation, highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses:

 

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English Comprehension

 

Skill Practice Tests 

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in GL Assessment 11+ English exams, such as the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School assessment. The timings and types of passages used are typical of what you can expect in the actual exam.

 

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Verbal Reasoning

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 1

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Skill Specific Practice

If you find that certain Verbal Reasoning question types are particularly challenging for your child, the packs below will prove ideal. They provide targeted practice to drill down and focus on specific question formats. All of the types of questions listed below could feature in the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ exam. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

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11+ Letter Analogies

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11+ Related Words

11+ Rhyming Synonyms

11+ Shuffled Sentences

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11+ Word Match

11+ Word Opposites

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11+ Word Puzzles

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Masterclasses

11+ Verbal Reasoning Masterclass

 

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Mathematics

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ Mathematics exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

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Skill Specific Practice

If you find that certain Maths topics are particularly challenging for your child, the packs below will prove ideal. They provide targeted practice to drill down and focus on specific sections of the syllabus. All of the topics listed below could feature in the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ exam. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Algebra

11+ Angles & Degrees

11+ BODMAS

11+ Estimation & Place Value

11+ Factors & Multiples

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11+ Measurements

11+ Money

11+ Operations

11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume

11+ Position & Direction

11+ Probability

11+ Problem Solving – Pack 1

11+ Problem Solving – Pack 2

11+ Properties of Shapes

11+ Ratio & Proportion

11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry

11+ Sequences

11+ Special Numbers

11+ Speed, Distance & Time

11+ Statistics

 

Masterclasses

This set of tutorial videos provides a great overview of the 11+ Maths syllabus, teaching your child the key skills they need to master.

 

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Non-Verbal Reasoning

 

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If your child struggles with certain types of Non-Verbal Reasoning questions, these packs will prove ideal. Each one focuses on a specific question type, providing efficient and effective practice. This range of packs covers all the possible Non-Verbal Reasoning question types that could come up in the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam. Each pack includes explanations for every question, so your child can learn and improve quickly.

 

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11+ Extended Series

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11+ Figure Matrices

11+ Horizontal Codes

11+ Series

11+ Triangle Matrices

11+ Triangle Series

11+ Star Matrices

11+ Vertical Codes

 

Masterclasses

This set of tutorial videos provides a great overview of the 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning syllabus, teaching your child the key skills they need to master. The questions in this Masterclass have been exclusively created for us by one of the experts who write the questions for the actual King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam.

 

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Spatial Reasoning

 

Full & Skill Practice Tests

These packs will expose your child to all the key question types used in the King Edward VI Shakespeare’s School 11+ Spatial Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level. Many of these questions have been exclusively created for us by one of the experts who write the questions for the actual West Midlands 11+ Spatial Reasoning exam. Some of these question types are brand new and you won’t find them in any other practice resource!

 

– This pack covers all of the key GL Assessment Spatial Reasoning question types that are known to come up in the test:

 

11+ Spatial Reasoning – Pack 1

 

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in King Edward VI School 11+ past papers. The information provided about King Edward VI 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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