Royal Grammar School Newcastle 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information



Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School (RGS) is an independent day school for boys and girls aged 7–18 years. The school is located in the residential suburb of Jesmond, just north of the city centre.


RGS is the oldest institution of learning in Newcastle, having received its Royal Charter from Queen Elizabeth I and being founded in 1545. It moved to its current site at the beginning of the twentieth century. At the moment, a multi-million pound development project is underway with many new facilities being added, including a state-of-the art library, an IT hub, laboratories and sports halls.


RGS became fully coeducational in 2008 and 43% of the students are girls. The school is proud of its academic achievement, extra-curricular activities and student experience. In 2018, 93.4% of GCSE exam entries achieved grades A*–B, with 90 out of 145 students achieving all A*/A grades. Its extra-curricular programme offers opportunities in a wide range of sport, music, drama, clubs and societies.


11 Plus Information for Royal Grammar School Newcastle


Address: Royal Grammar School. Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4DX

County: Tyne and Wear

Admissions info: 0191 212 8968 or

School Type: Coeducational independent day school

Number of Students: 1300 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 72 (external)

Open Day Date: November

Exam Date: January of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: School’s own


Royal Grammar School Newcastle 11 Plus Admissions


RGS describes its curriculum as ‘fast-paced and challenging’. The school’s examination and selection process is designed to identify students who will cope and thrive under these conditions.


All applicants for entry into Year 7 (11+) must sit papers in English, maths and reasoning. A number of candidates are invited back for a short informal interview to help with the selection process.


The school sends out offers of places at the end of February and holds taster days for successful candidates in early March.


A copy of the RGS Admissions Policy can be downloaded from the school’s website.


For further information about admissions procedures, please contact the admissions office at RGS directly: 0191 212 8968 or


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Royal Grammar School Newcastle


To apply for a place at Royal Grammar School Newcastle, you must complete an online registration form. The deadline for registering your child is in mid-December of the year preceding entry. If you are applying for a bursary, the deadline is earlier (at the end of November). There is no registration fee or charge for sitting the entrance exam at RGS.


The school does not award any scholarships, however a small number of means-tested bursaries are available.


The school holds an annual open day in mid-November, just ahead of the registration deadline. Booking is not required. Individual visits can also be arranged through the Head of Admissions, Ali Perry, on: 0191 212 8968 or


All registered applicants will be invited to sit the 11+ entrance exam and receive information about the procedures for exam day in due course.


Royal Grammar School Newcastle 11 Plus Exam Format


The 11+ entry tests for RGS consist of three papers:


  • English (50 minutes) – reading comprehension and composition
  • Maths (45 minutes) – arithmetic and problem solving
  • Reasoning (30 minutes)


On the English paper, there is an emphasis on writing skills – this section of the paper is worth 70% of the total marks. There is a choice of composition tasks, but there may not always be an opportunity to write a piece of fiction.


No calculators are allowed for the maths paper.


The reasoning papers are likely to contain questions that test verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and logic.


How to Prepare for the Royal Grammar School Newcastle 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 Royal Grammar School Newcastle 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.


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To prepare for the RGS English paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




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11+ Inference Skills


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To prepare for the maths paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Full Practice Tests


11+ Mathematics Pack 1


11+ Mathematics Pack 2


11+ Mathematics Pack 3


11+ Mathematics Pack 4


Skill Specific Practice


11+ Problem Solving


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Operations


11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume


11+ Position & Direction


11+ Probability


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To prepare for the reasoning paper, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers:


Non-Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Practice tests 


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Verbal Reasoning: Skill specific practice


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Anagrams


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Compound Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Embedded Words


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Form a Word


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Insert a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Codes


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Letter Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Move a Letter


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Analogies


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Calculations


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Number Sequences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Shuffled Sentences


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Synonyms


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Completion


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Match


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Opposites


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Pairs


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Puzzles


11+ Verbal Reasoning: Word Relationships




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