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Lawrence Sheriff School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1878, Lawrence Sheriff School (LSS) is a boys-only grammar located in Rugby, Warwickshire. In 2014, LSS became an academy and currently educates over 800 boys from the ages of 11-18.

 

The school has seen substantial investment in recent years to improve its facilities. It is now home to new rugby pitches and also has a regional and local table tennis centre on campus.

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Lawrence Sheriff School

 

 

Address: Lawrence Sheriff School, Clifton Road, Rugby CV21 3AG

County: Warwickshire

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01788 542074

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 896

Number of Places in Year 7: approximately 120

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus (University of Durham)

 

 

Lawrence Sheriff School 11 Plus Admissions

 

 

All 120 Year 7 LSS places will be allocated based on pupil performance in the 11+ exam. Before applying for a place, it is suggested that parents visit the school during its June open day. Here, parents will be able to ask questions about the admissions process and prospective pupils can learn more about the school and its learning environment.

 

Lawrence Sheriff School tends to be oversubscribed for Year 7 places, and uses the following criteria to determine priority:

 

  1. Looked after children or previously looked after children
  2. Children in receipt of the Pupil Premium (limited to 10 places)
  3. Children living in the Eastern Area of Warwickshire, who achieve the Automatic Qualifying Score or above (limited to 55 places)
  4. Children living in the priority circle (the centre of which is the Rugby Water Tower and has a radius of 10.004 miles – this also includes the Eastern Area) who achieve the Automatic Qualifying Score or above (limited to 55 places)
  5. Other children living inside or outside of the priority areas who achieve the Automatic Qualifying Score or above

 

For further information about Lawrence Sheriff School’s admission process, visit the school’s website.

 

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Lawrence Sheriff School

 

 

The admissions service at Warwickshire County Council coordinates all Year 7 entry to Lawrence Sheriff School. This service operates the same entrance test procedure as The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Consortium.

 

To apply for entry to the school, parents must register their son for the school’s entrance examination by completing the Common Application Form (CAF). The school’s admissions policy states that late 11+ registrations will not be considered in the first round of offers.

 

Parents will be notified of results via post from mid-October and the first round of place allocations will be available from the beginning of March.

 

 

Lawrence Sheriff School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

 

The Lawrence Sheriff School 11 Plus exam consists of two papers that each last 45 minutes. Both are made-up of a mix of standard format and multiple choice questions, covering:

 

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numeracy

 

Parents should be aware that the Verbal Reasoning exam has an English component, which includes a comprehension and cloze test. The Maths exam consists of a numeracy test, which focuses on mental arithmetic and problem-solving.

 

 

How to Prepare for the Lawrence Sheriff School 11 Plus Exam?

 

 

For your son to have the best possible chance of gaining a Year 7 place at Warwickshire’s Lawrence Sheriff School, he must be willing to invest additional time in revision on top of his usual school work routine. The good news is that most children respond better to short bursts of revision, so just 20 minutes a day can make a real difference to your son’s knowledge and ability to prepare for the exam.

 

One of the best ways of highlighting any knowledge gaps quickly is to use practice exam papers with your son. These 11+ papers come complete with answers, enabling you to accurately measure your child’s performance and track their improvements. If your son is in the process of preparing for the Lawrence Sheriff School, we have several 11 Plus practice papers that are specifically designed to help him:

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Lawrence Sheriff School 11 Plus Exam

 

Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section

 

11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (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+ Lawrence Sheriff exam.

 

11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

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 Section

 

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+ Lawrence Sheriff exam.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM) Pack 1

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Associations (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Adjectives (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Definitions (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Lawrence Sheriff exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.

 

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 1 – Words

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 2 – Sentences

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.

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Lawrence Sheriff 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.

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning Section

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

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.

 

Full Practice Tests

 

11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

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 Lawrence Sheriff 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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