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Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Royal Grammar School (RGS) is a co-ed independent school in Newcastle upon Tyne. Founded in 1525, it received royal foundation by Queen Elizabeth I and is the city’s oldest learning institution. It has twice been rated as the top performing school in the North of England by the Sunday Times. [1]


The curriculum in Year 3 is both broad and stimulating, introducing pupils to the following disciplines: English, maths, science, geography, history, PSHE, religious education, French, drama, art, computing, music and DT, as well as swimming, PE and games.


Students have the opportunity to discover new interests and talents and develop valuable skills via the extracurricular programme of activities, ranging from History Club, Choir and Hockey to Chess, Drama and Fencing.


The most recent ISI report for RGS determined that the school successfully meets the country’s standards for independent schools, providing high-tier education to pupils from various backgrounds who perform well above the national average. [2]


The school is recognised for its high expectations and strong academic benchmarks, due to which leavers often go on to study at the most sought-after universities. Kind, independent and curious, RGS pupils proceed to contribute to society in line with the school motto: Discendo duces (By learning you will lead).

Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Eskdale Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4DX

County: Tyne and Wear

Admissions info: or 0191 212 8968

School Type: Independent, co-educational day school 

Open events: November and May

7+ Exam Date: January of Year 2


Open Events for Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Entry


Open Mornings offer prospective families the fantastic opportunity to explore the school’s extensive grounds and meet key members of the staff. The events also include an address from the Head and refreshments. Booking is not mandatory. Individual tours can be arranged via the Admissions Office.


Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


The school welcomes 60 pupils at 7+ entry. The deadline for registrations is in December of the year preceding entry. 


Assessments take place the following month, taking in consideration your child’s academic ability as well as their conduct and communication skills. Reports from their current school will also be requested.


Offers are sent out in February, to be accepted with a payment of a refundable deposit.


Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships are not available, but RGS does offer means-tested bursaries to 7+ applicants. These can provide up to 100% assistance with fees, depending on your financial circumstances.


You should indicate your interest in bursarial support by ticking the relevant box on the registration form and submitting it by the deadline in late November of the year preceding entry. More details are available here


Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English paper
  • Mathematics paper


The English assessment examines comprehension and writing skills, including inference, punctuation and grammar.   


The Maths paper assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including their knowledge of times tables.


Your child’s listening skills may also be assessed.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


One of the best ways to prepare your child for a competitive 7+ entrance exam is to familiarise them with the types of questions and the format of the actual exam. You can achieve this with the use of our practice tests.


Consisting of thoroughly researched and up to date questions, our practice tests will help you identify the strong and weak areas in your child’s knowledge base, and thus remove unnecessary stress from the exam preparation process.


We highly recommend that students take our practice tests under timed conditions to get used to answering questions quickly and under time pressure.


The majority of our 7+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the RGS Newcastle 7+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about comprehension and writing:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


Comprehension Guide


This guide covers all the key comprehension question types in a clear, step-by-step manner so that both you and your child know exactly what to expect on exam day.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


Writing Guide


Starting from the foundational basics, this guide works its way through all the key skills your child needs to develop to become an excellent writer within the framework of what’s expected at the 7+ level.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing

If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.




The following 7+ packs will help your child develop the key skills needed to do well in the mathematics section of the RGS Newcastle entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


Each of the following skill practice 7+ mathematics packs focuses on just one specific topic, covering all the possible variations your child may face on exam day:


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

7+ Mathematics: Addition & Subtraction

7+ Mathematics: Multiplication & Division

7+ Mathematics: Geometry

7+ Mathematics: Number & Place Value

7+ Mathematics: Measurement

7+ Mathematics: Fractions

7+ Mathematics: Statistics


Mathematics Guide


This guide covers the full 7+ maths syllabus step-by-step, teaching your child everything they need to know in a fun and interactive manner.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics




The following pack is ideal for developing listening skills ahead of the RGS Newcastle 7+ entrance exam, helping your child learn how to follow instructions carefully:


7+ Listening Pack 1



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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 7+ past papers. The information provided about Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, 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.


Other entry points for Royal Grammar School, Newcastle:


Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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