The Grange School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information – Key Details



The Grange School is a coeducational independent day school for children aged 4–18. It is located in the village of Hartford, close to Northwich in Cheshire.


By independent school standards, The Grange is a relatively new school. The prep school was founded in 1933 and it wasn’t until 1978 that the senior school opened. Since then there has been much investment in the senior school’s facilities, which now include state-of-the-art science laboratories and ICT suites and a 350-seat theatre. There is also a £6 million sports centre currently in development, which will open in spring 2019.


The Grange School has a reputation for high academic performance and regularly appears in the top 100 of independent school league tables based on exam results. In 2018, 72% of all GCSE grades were in the top A*–A (9–7) range.


The school’s challenging curriculum is made up of academic, enrichment and personal development strands. The enrichment programme offers over 90 different opportunities for pupils, from Model United Nations to Dungeons and Dragons Club.


11 Plus Information for The Grange School


Address: The Grange School, Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Northwich, CW8 1LU

County: Cheshire
Admissions info
: or 01606 539039

School Type: Coeducational independent day school

Number of Pupils: 1180 (approx.)

Open Day Date: September

Exam Date: February of Year 6

Exam Type / Board: CEM and School’s Own


The Grange School 11 Plus Admissions


The entrance assessment for The Grange takes place at the beginning of February. There are two parts to the assessment: a computer-based assessment, which tests mathematical ability, comprehension, problem solving and thinking skills, and written papers that test creative writing, mathematics and verbal reasoning. Candidates are also given a questionnaire to complete, which collects information about personal interests.


Places are offered based on performance in the entrance assessment and a report from each candidate’s current school.


A copy of The Grange School Admissions Policy is available to download from the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to The Grange School


The Grange holds an open day for prospective families in September each year.  It also runs ‘Explore’ and ‘Discover’ taster days for Year 6 and Year 5 pupils respectively, which take place in June and allow children to experience a day at the school. Details of upcoming events are published on the school’s website along with online ‘sign up’ forms.


Parents who wish their child to be considered and assessed for a Year 7 place at The Grange should complete the online application form .


Means-tested bursaries are available and can be applied for via the main application form. However, they are aimed at gifted children so a strong performance in the entrance assessment is required.


Academic scholarships may be awarded to candidates who demonstrate an exceptional performance in all elements of the entrance assessment.  A music scholarship is also available, for which auditions take place in January of the year of entry.


The Grange School 11 Plus Exam Format


There are two parts to The Grange School’s entrance assessment.


The first is a computer-based assessment supplied by the Centre for Evaluating and Monitoring (CEM). The questions will include multiple-choice, drag and drop and complete the word formats. This test measures verbal, non-verbal and numerical reasoning skills and is designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their academic potential. This test is called CEM Select.


The second part consists of written papers in creative writing, mathematics and verbal reasoning.


How to Prepare for The Grange School 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 Grange entrance assessment. 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.


Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of such an exam.




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


11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2




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


11+ Properties of Shapes


11+ Ratio & Proportion


11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry


11+ Sequences


11+ Special Numbers


11+ Statistics


Verbal Reasoning


Practice Tests


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


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3


11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4


Skill specific practice


The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in The Grange School 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:


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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CEM Select


To prepare for the computer-based assessment, supplied by CEM, we highly recommend using the following full practice and skill practice online tests, which provide focused practice to help develop the necessary skills:


Full Practice Tests


CEM Select Practice Test 1


CEM Select Practice Test 2


CEM Select Practice Test 3


CEM Select Practice Test 4


CEM Select Practice Test 5


Skill Practice


CEM Select – Missing Words



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Our practice tests aim to show what sort of questions were included in The Grange School 11+ past papers. The information provided about The Grange 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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