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Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1929, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls is based in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. It became an academy in 2011, after previously being awarded specialist science status in 2004 and being recognised as a Beacon School.

 

Sutton Girls is a partner school to Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, with the two schools partnering through the year in events such as drama performances and music productions.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

 

Address: Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5PT

County: West Midlands

Admissions Info: [email protected], 0121 354 1479

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 991 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Date: June and September

Exam Date: September

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

 

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Admissions

 

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls is a member of The Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium. This body sets the admission criteria in the West Midlands. Admission to the school is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam.

 

As per all grammar schools in Birmingham, prospective Year 7 students are selected for admission based on their combined, age-standardised score in the 11 Plus exam. Pupils must achieve the minimum ‘qualifying score’ in the exam to be considered for a place.

 

Parents should be aware that due to oversubscription, not every girl who achieves the qualifying score can be offered a place. In the likely event of oversubscription, the school will apply the following criteria to assign places, in order of priority:

 

  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, children
  2. Students eligible for Pupil Premium
  3. Those who live closest to the school

 

Find out more about the school’s Year 7 admissions policy via its website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

 

To apply for a Year 7 place at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, parents must first register their daughter with the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium.

 

Secondly, parents should complete a Local Authority (LA) preference form. On the form, parents should select up to six preferred schools. It is the responsibility of the LA to consider each application.

 

The local LA will send out 11 Plus test results in October and official places will be allocated in early March the following year.

 

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Exam Format

 

Girls will sit two papers that each last approximately 45 minutes. The papers cover the following subjects:

 

 

Girls are required to write their answers in the test booklets and most of the questions will be multiple choice.

 

How to Prepare for the Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Exam?

 

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls is consistently oversubscribed for Year 7 entry. Due to this competition for places, students need to be fully prepared for the 11 Plus exam in order to have a chance of gaining a place.

 

An 11 Plus revision plan is key and should be implemented well ahead of the actual exam day. To prepare for the eleven plus exam, students should make use practice test papers. The CEM 11 Plus exam challenges pupils to answer questions quickly, so in order to complete the papers within the allocated time, children usually need to improve their time management skills. This is just one of the many benefits of using practice exam papers.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Exam

 

To give students the best chance of gaining a Year 7 place at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, we would specifically recommend the following resources:

 

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+ Sutton Coldfield 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+ Sutton Coldfield 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+ Sutton Coldfield 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 Sutton Coldfield 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 Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls 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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