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Founded in 1893, Queen Mary’s High School is a selective, girls’ only grammar based in Walsall, West Midlands. A recognised academy, the school educates approximately 700 pupils, who are divided into four houses: Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Shelley.
Queen Mary’s offers its pupils a traditional curriculum, while providing a range of extracurricular activities, exchanges, trips and other enrichment activities. Pupils can participate in in-house competitions, numerous clubs and can join the Student Council during their time at the school.
For an insight into life at Queen Mary’s High School, watch this short interview with the school’s headteacher:
11 Plus Exam Information for Queen Mary’s High School
Address: Queen Mary’s High School, Upper Forster Street, Walsall WS4 2AE
County: West Midlands
Admissions Info: 01922 721013
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 700 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 120
Open Day Date: April, June and October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM (Cambridge Assessment)
Queen Mary’s High School 11 Plus Admissions
Queen Mary’s High School operates its admissions arrangements and procedures in line with Walsall Council’s coordinated scheme for school admissions and is part of the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The Consortium requires that students are selected for admission based on their combined, age-standardised score in the CEM 11 Plus exam. Pupils must attain the minimum ‘qualifying score’ to be eligible for admission. However, attaining the qualifying score does not guarantee girls a place at the school.
If the number of applications exceeds the number of places available, the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:
- Looked after, or previously looked after children who achieve the qualifying score
- Children eligible for the Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score (limited to 30 places)
- Other children who achieve the qualifying score until the admissions number is reached
You can find further details about Queen Mary’s High School admissions process via the school’s website.
How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Queen Mary’s High School
Parents must make an application to their Local Authority (LA). If you live in Walsall, your LA is Walsall Council and you must complete its Common Application Form (CAF). On this form, you can choose at least three schools as preferences for Year 7.
If you do not list Queen Mary’s High School as a preference, your daughter will not be eligible for a place there. Parents are also required to register their daughter for the 11+ test via the school itself. This can be done online when registration is open.
Parents will be notified of official place offers in March.
Queen Mary’s High School Catchment Area
Does Queen Mary’s High School have a catchment area?
The school doesn’t have a catchment area.
Queen Mary’s High School 11 Plus Exam Format
The Queen Mary’s High School 11+ exam consists of two papers, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. Both papers will cover all subjects: Numerical Reasoning, Comprehension, Literacy, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning.
Some of the questions are multiple choice and the papers will be divided into smaller, individually-timed sections.
How to Prepare for the Queen Mary’s High School 11 Plus Exam?
As a relatively small grammar school, Queen Mary’s is regularly oversubscribed in Year 7, with an average of five applications for every place. If Queen Mary’s is your daughter’s first choice of school, you must ensure that she has all the necessary resources to perform well in the 11 Plus exam.
To give your daughter the best chance of receiving an offer of a Year 7 place, ensure she has a detailed revision plan to follow. A timetable will ensure that your daughter covers everything she’ll need to know for the tests, without being overworked.
In order for your daughter to have the best chance of gaining a Year 7 place at Queen Mary’s High School, encourage her to use practice exam papers throughout her revision.
Practice Papers for the Queen Mary’s High School 11 Plus Exam
We would particularly recommend the following practice resources for the Queen Mary’s 11+ exam:
Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section
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.
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+ exam for Queen Mary’s High School.
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.
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 Queen Mary’s High School 11+ exam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the Queen Mary’s High School 11+ exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction, Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction and Pack 3 focuses on poetry.
This pack focuses on improving inference skills via a series of creative and unusual exercises. Inference skills will be tested in the comprehension section of the CEM 11+ exam.
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.
CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus test for Queen Mary’s High School, 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
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
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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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in Queen Mary’s High School 11+ past papers. The information provided about Queen Mary’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.