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Stratford Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Located in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, Stratford Girls’ Grammar School is a selective grammar for girls aged 11-18. Previously known as Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls, it changed its name when it became an academy in 2011.

 

Consistently one of the top twenty state schools in England, Stratford Girls’ Grammar places particular emphasis on languages and science, although it offers its students a wide academic curriculum.

 

Recognised nationally as a centre of academic excellence, one of the school’s primary aims is to develop the self-esteem of its girls and to give them the confidence to pursue leadership roles post-education.

 

For an insight into life at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School, please watch this short video:

 

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Stratford Girls’ Grammar School

 

Address: Stratford Upon Avon Grammar School for Girls, Shottery Manor, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9HA

County: Warwickshire

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01789 293759

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 710 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 120 (approx.)

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Warwickshire CEM 11 Plus (University of Durham)

 

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions

 

All 120 Year 7 places at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School will be allocated based on pupil performance in the eleven plus exam. Before applying for a place, it is suggested that parents visit the school during its June open day. At this event, you will be able to ask questions about the admissions process and prospective pupils can learn more about the school and its teaching environment.

 

Stratford Girls is consistently oversubscribed and receives more Year 7 applications than there are available places. In such instances, the following oversubscription criteria is used, giving priority to:

 

  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, children who either achieve the qualifying score or above, or who score up to ten marks below the automatic qualifying score.
  2. Children who live in the priority area who are eligible for the Pupil Premium and who achieve the automatic qualifying score or above (up to 19 places).
  3. Children who live in the priority area and achieve the automatic qualifying score or above.
  4. Children who live outside of the priority area who achieve the automatic qualifying score or above.
  5. Children who score below the automatic qualifying score, but above the minimum score for the waiting list.

 

For clarification on terms and to find out the school’s priority area, take a look at its admissions policy.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Stratford Girls’ Grammar School

 

Warwickshire Admissions oversees Year 7 entry to Stratford Girls’ Grammar School. To apply for entry, parents must register their daughter for the school’s entrance examination by completing the Common Application Form (CAF).

 

The school’s admissions policy states that late 11+ registrations will not be considered in the first round of offers. In addition to registering for the exam, Warwickshire Admissions will request evidence of the child’s home address, on behalf of the school.

 

Parents will be notified of results via post from mid-October and the first round of place allocations will be available from the beginning of March.

 

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School 11+ exam consists of two papers that last approximately 45 minutes each. They contain a mix of standard format and multiple choice questions, covering the following subjects:

The verbal reasoning exam includes an English component, which contains a comprehension and cloze test. The maths exam involves a numeracy section, which tests for ability in mental arithmetic and problem-solving questions.

 

How to Prepare for the Stratford Girls’ Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?

 

To prepare for the Stratford Girls’ 11 Plus, your daughter must commit additional time to following a study timetable, alongside her usual school work. These revision sessions needn’t be long; the key is to maintain consistency.

 

For your daughter to have the best possible chance of gaining a Year 7 place at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School, it’s a good idea to find out where the gaps in her knowledge lie. Use practice exam papers to accurately measure your daughter’s performance and track her improvements in the lead-up to the exam. These papers will give your daughter experience in practising the skills that are tested in the entrance exam.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Stratford Girls’ School 11 Plus Exam

 

If your daughter is preparing for the Stratford Girls’ Grammar School entrance exam, we have several 11+ practice papers that will help her to develop her skills and build confidence:

 

Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section

 

11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (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+ Stratford Girls’ exam.

 

11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

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 CEM 11+ Stratford Girls’ exam.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM) Pack 1

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Associations (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Adjectives (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Definitions (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Stratford Girls’ exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.

 

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 1 – Words

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 2 – Sentences

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.

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Stratford Girls’ test, 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

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

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

 

11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

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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The information provided about Stratford Girls’ 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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