Queen Elizabeth’s High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



Originally founded in 1589 as a boys’ grammar, Queen Elizabeth’s High School (QEHS) completed a merge with the local girls’ school in 1983 to form its current set-up. Almost 1,200 pupils are taught at this co-educational grammar and are divided across six houses to compete in inter-school events including sport, art and music.


While providing pupils with a balanced academic curriculum, QEHS also places emphasis on ensuring its students are happy and confident. The school offers a counselling service, peer listening and gives pupils work experience opportunities throughout their time at QEHS.


11 Plus Exam Information for Queen Elizabeth’s High School


Address: Queen Elizabeth’s High School Gainsborough, Morton Terrace, Gainsborough DN21 2ST

County: Lincolnshire

Admissions Info: office@qehs.lincs.sch.uk, 01427 612354

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,171 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: GL Assessment


Queen Elizabeth’s High School 11 Plus Admissions


As a community grammar school, Queen Elizabeth’s High School is run by Lincolnshire Local Authority (LA). The school is part of Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools and it is the LA, rather than the school, that controls Year 7 admissions.


Admission to QEHS in Year 7 is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. There are currently 180 places allocated to Year 7 students. The school encourages prospective students and their parents to attend its open evening, which takes place in June.


In the event of oversubscription, the school will apply the following criteria in order of priority:


  1. Looked after children or previously looked after children
  2. Children with a sibling at the school at the time of application
  3. Children of staff employed at the school
  4. The school is 9 miles or less from the child’s home address by driving distance
  5. The school is more than 9 miles from the child’s home address by driving distance


Please refer to the school’s admissions arrangement policy for more details.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Queen Elizabeth’s High School


To apply for a Year 7 place at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, parents should visit the LA’s website to complete a Common Registration Form (CAF).


As the school will administer the 11+ test, parents must complete QEHS’s application form. If this is not returned by the deadline, your child will not be able to sit the exam. Parents will receive test results from the LA in October, with official offer letters being distributed the following March, based on the preferences submitted on the CAF.


Queen Elizabeth’s High School Catchment Area


Does Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Gainsborough, have a catchment area?


Yes, there is a catchment area with priority based on location and distance from the school.


Queen Elizabeth’s High School 11 Plus Exam Format


The 11 Plus test for Queen Elizabeth’s High School consists of two multiple-choice papers, taken over two exam dates:


  • Verbal Reasoning – this 50-minute test is made-up of 80 questions. The test involves a mix of questions which involve the use of letters and words, with some questions (approximately 20%) involving the use of numbers.
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning – this 40-minute test is made-up of 70 questions and is split into five sections. This test uses questions involving shapes. Two of the five sections cover Spatial Reasoning.


How to Prepare for the Queen Elizabeth’s High School 11 Plus Exam?


With an average of four applications for every one place at Year 7, your child must be well prepared for the Lincolnshire 11 Plus. QEHS’s test focuses on reasoning, so read these useful articles ahead of your child’s revision sessions:


11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Exam Preparation

11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning Advice


Practice exam papers can be an effective way of increasing your child’s confidence ahead of the tests, as they provide a greater understanding of the test’s layout and question types. To succeed at the 11+, children must have a solid grasp of time management. By using these practice papers under timed conditions, your child will have a good idea of how long to spend on each question type.


Practice Exam Papers for the Queen Elizabeth’s High School 11 Plus Exam


Our 11 Plus practice tests can help your child to prepare for the Queen Elizabeth High School exam. We would specifically recommend the following resources:


Lincolnshire – Full Practice Tests


Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

Skill Specific Practice


Non-Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests


Spatial Reasoning

Questions & Video Tutorials



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Queen Elizabeth’s High School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Queen Elizabeth’s High 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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