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Stretford Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1928, Stretford Grammar School is a co-educational grammar based in Stretford, Trafford. The school places particular emphasis on encouraging self-discipline by providing a supportive and caring environment.

 

Stretford Grammar achieved Science College status in 2005 and has since gained specialist status in mathematics too. The school encourages its pupils to take part in a range of extracurricular activities and to actively participate in their local community.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Stretford Grammar School

 

Address: Stretford Grammar School, Granby Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8JB

County: Trafford (Greater Manchester)

Admissions Info: [email protected], 0161 865 2293

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 758 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 128

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

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

 

Stretford Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions

 

Since 2016, Stretford Grammar School has been a member of the Trafford Grammar Schools CEM Consortium. All four schools in the Consortium use the same eleven plus test and admission to Stretford is determined by pupil performance in the exam.

 

Parents are encouraged to attend the school’s open event in June, to ensure that Stretford Grammar is the best learning environment for their child.

 

In recent years, Stretford Grammar School has been consistently oversubscribed. In such cases, the school uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, children.
  2. Children eligible for Pupil Premium (up to 10 places will be allocated to the highest performing candidates who qualify at the time of allocation, irrespective of distance).
  3. Children who will have a sibling attending the school at the time of admission.
  4. The top 20 scoring candidates, irrespective of home residence, will be allocated a place.
  5. Children who live nearest to the school, measured in a direct straight line from the child’s permanent place of residence to the school.

 

Find out more about the school’s admissions policy via its website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Stretford Grammar School

 

In order to apply for a place at Stretford Grammar, parents must register their child for the school’s entrance examination.

 

In addition to completing the online registration form, parents also need to complete a Local Authority (LA) Common Preference Form. To be considered for a place at Stretford Grammar School, the school itself must be explicitly chosen as one of your preferences on the Preference form.

 

Stretford Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The eleven plus exam at Stretford Grammar School consists of two test papers, which cover:

 

Each paper lasts approximately one hour and contains a mix of multiple choice and standard format questions.

 

For your child to be in with a chance of gaining a place at the school, they will need a qualifying score of 334. Please note however, that a qualifying score does not guarantee your child a place at the school.

 

How to Prepare for the Stretford Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?

 

For many children, the 11 plus exam will be their first experience of studying for an important test. As a parent, you can help your child prepare in the first instance by reading our guide to studying for the eleven plus exam.

 

Additionally, you can learn more about the required subject areas in these articles:

 

 

As your child’s revision progresses, you can use 11+ practice tests to monitor their progress. Encourage your child to complete these tests under timed conditions to get them used to answering questions quickly and under pressure.

 

For the Stretford Grammar School 11 Plus, we specifically recommend the following practice resources that will help develop your child’s abilities and provide great practice ahead of their exams. These resources are specifically designed in the CEM format used by Stretford Grammar.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Stretford Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

 

The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the 11+ CEM exam at Stratford Grammar:

 

Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Sections

 

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+ Stretford Grammar 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 Sections

 

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 CEM 11+ Stretford Grammar 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)

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+ Stretford Grammar 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 Stretford Grammar 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 Sections

 

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 Stretford 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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