Mount Lourdes Grammar School PPTC Transfer Test (11 Plus) Information

Introduction

 

Founded in 1909, Mount Lourdes Grammar School is a Roman Catholic girls’ grammar located in Enniskillen. Over 700 girls aged 11-18 are enrolled at the school. In 2018, Mount Lourdes was ranked joint 15th in Northern Ireland for its GCSE performance.

 

The curriculum at Mount Lourdes is designed to give each student the opportunity to realise her full potential and to develop her interests and talents. Students are taught a broad range of subjects and are given a wide variety of extracurricular activities to choose from outside of the classroom.

 

Transfer Test Information for Mount Lourdes Grammar School

 

Address: Mount Lourdes Grammar School, Belmore Street, Enniskillen BT74 6AB

Admissions Info: info@mountlds.enniskillen.ni.sch.uk, 0286 632 2265

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 763 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 8: 96

Open Day Date: January

Exam Date: November/December

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment

 

Mount Lourdes Grammar School Admissions

 

Mount Lourdes Grammar School is one of 34 schools that make up the Post Primary Transfer Consortium (PPTC). This is an unregulated system that uses the same standardised entrance assessment to determine admission.

 

To gain a place at Mount Lourdes Grammar School, students must sit the PPTC Transfer Test. All results from this test are banded and age standardised. In cases where there are more applicants than available places, the school applies the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  • Girls who have a sister that already attends the school
  • Girls who are the first in their family to transfer to secondary education
  • Girls ranked by date of birth as entered on the birth certificate with the eldest being admitted first

 

For more details about the admissions process, or for an expansion on the oversubscription criteria, please contact the school directly, email info@mountlds.enniskillen.ni.sch.uk or call 0286 632 2265.

 

How to Apply for Year 8 Entry to Mount Lourdes Grammar School

 

Before applying for a Year 8 place at Mount Lourdes, the school recommends that parents attend its Open Night, which takes place in January. At the event parents and students can take a tour of the school, ask questions and speak to both staff and current pupils.

 

Each school within the PPTC uses the same entrance assessment for place allocation, so parents need only to register their child once for the entrance test. In the first instance, parents should download and complete the registration form, which can be found on the PPTC website.

 

Mount Lourdes Grammar School Transfer Test Format

 

The Mount Lourdes Grammar School Transfer Test is set by GL Assessment. For more on the 11 Plus exam boards, please read our post here.

 

Students will sit two test papers in English and Maths. All questions are multiple-choice and the tests aim to reflect the knowledge and skills developed by children in the school curriculum.

 

English Paper

 

The English assessment paper requires students to work through 60 questions in 50 minutes. The paper has three reading passages, each of which is followed by a number of comprehension questions, which make up 60% of the total mark. There are also a number of spelling and punctuation questions, which make up the remaining 40%.

 

Maths Paper

 

The maths paper requires students to work through 45 questions in 45 minutes. The questions are based on the school’s curriculum and also includes some additional questions on basic logic, mathematical facts, properties and/or geometric names. Children taking the test should have an understanding of mathematical concepts, and how maths is used in daily life situations.

 

Scores for both papers are age standardised and parents will receive the results via post in the following January.

 

PPTC provides thorough additional material for parents to read, including content within the tests and a useful FAQs page about the transfer test.

 

How to Prepare for the Mount Lourdes Grammar School 11 plus (11+) Transfer Test?

 

At Exam Papers Plus, we recommend that students start revising early, rather than cramming for the test at the last minute. A ‘little and often’ approach to studying for the PPTC test ensures that students remain calm and confident throughout the process.

 

The Transfer Test requires students to answer questions quickly, so ahead of the exam, parents should encourage their daughter to complete some 11 Plus practice papers under timed conditions.

 

For the Mount Lourdes Grammar School Transfer Test, we recommend the following resources:

 

English

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice

 

Mathematics

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice

 

 

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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Mount Lourdes Grammar School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Mount Lourdes Grammar 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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