Leicester Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information
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Leicester Grammar School (LGS) is an independent co-educational day school for pupils aged 10–18. It is one of three schools in the Leicester Grammar School Trust, along with Leicester Grammar Junior School (ages 3–11) and Stoneygate School (ages 4–16).
LGS is a relatively new school, having been founded in 1981. It has occupied its current site, which it shares with the Junior School, since 2008. The campus is located in the village of Great Glen, just outside the city of Leicester, and the purpose-built premises are clean, modern and well-equipped, including state-of the-art facilities for sport, music and arts.
The school has a reputation for excellence in sport, with over fifty teams representing the school in the mainstream sports alone. Its cutting-edge sports facilities, which include extensive playing fields (75 acres), all-weather pitches and a swimming pool, are of such a high standard that the school is often used as a training centre by international teams visiting the UK for major events.
The school offers a traditional curriculum and uses attainment tests throughout the year, plus whole school end-of-year exams, to monitor the progress of all pupils. Pupils at the school consistently perform well in their GCSEs with 98% of all results being in the A*–C (9–4) range and, in 2018, 76% of grades were in the top A*–A (9–7) range.
11 Plus Information for Leicester Grammar School
Address: Leicester Grammar School, London Road, Great Glen, Leicester LE8 9FL
County: Leicestershire, East Midlands
Admissions info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0116 259 1901
School Type: Independent co-educational day school
Number of Pupils: 600 (approx.)
Open Day Date: November
Exam Date: January of Year 6
Exam Type / Board: School’s own
Leicester Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions
LGS holds a pre-assessment day in December of the year prior to entry for candidates wishing to be considered for a place in Year 7 (11+). Only candidates who are registered will be invited to attend. Candidates will work in small groups to investigate science problems, solve maths puzzles and complete a creative task. They will also have informal conversations with different members of staff throughout the day.
The main entrance exam takes place in early January and consists of papers in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning. A good performance is expected on all of the papers. Candidates who achieve borderline results or are being considered for a scholarship may be asked to attend an interview.
A reference will also be requested from each candidate’s current school.
All candidates will automatically be considered for academic scholarships, which are awarded to the top performers in the entrance exam. However, candidates wishing to be considered for scholarships in sport, music and art must apply separately. Scholarships are awarded in recognition of excellence and any fee remission is nominal.
A limited number for means-tested bursaries are available each year for up to 100% of the fees. However, applications always exceed the number available.
Transfer from the Junior School to Senior School is based on recommendation from the Junior School Head Teacher; pupils wishing to make the move must have demonstrated appropriate ability and aptitude.
A copy of the LGS Admissions Policy is available to download from the school’s website.
How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Leicester Grammar School
The school’s annual open morning is held in early November. Personal tours can also be arranged via the admissions office.
For their child to be entered for the 11+ entrance exam and assessed for entry into Year 7 at LGS, parents must complete an application form. The forms are available to download from the school’s website and the closing date is in November of the year prior to entry. There is a non-refundable registration fee of £75 and a copy of the child’s birth certificate must also be enclosed with the completed form when it is returned to the school.
Leicester Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format
The LGS 11+ entrance exam consists of three papers:
- English: Comprehension and Writing
- Verbal Reasoning.
No calculators are permitted in the maths exam. The school uses a national, standardised, multiple-choice test for maths. It is age-related, so marks are standardised according to the age of the child. Before the test, candidates take a short practice test to help familiarise them with the style of questions. The test is broadly aligned with the national curriculum. However, a small number of questions may cover unfamiliar topics, such as elementary logic and simple probability. There is also a short test on basic number work. The overall length of the maths exam is 45 minutes.
The school publishes a document that provides a bit more information on entrance procedures and test coverage on its website.
How to Prepare for Leicester Grammar School 11 Plus Exam
One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students to familiarise themselves with the format and question types they will encounter in the actual test in an efficient and effective manner. They also provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise working under time pressure.
Our practice papers, which are available for immediate download, print and use after purchase, offer excellent practice and preparation for the Leicester Grammar School 11+ entrance exam. They cover all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam and to help build confidence.
Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.
To prepare for the LGS English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:
To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which provide practice in a multiple-choice format:
To prepare for the Verbal Reasoning paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:
Skill specific practice
The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the LGS 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:
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