Founded in 1904, Torquay Boys’ Grammar School is a selective school for boys aged 11-18. Over 1100 boys are taught at the school and girls aged 16-18 are accepted into the Sixth Form. Due to a significant growth in pupil numbers, the school has undergone an extensive building programme to ensure students enjoy good quality facilities.
One of the top 20 boys’ schools in the UK, Torquay Boys’ Grammar received academy status in 2010 and became a Multi-Academy Trust in 2012. The school provides a traditional curriculum that focuses on the qualities and skills young learners need to succeed in school and beyond.
Address: Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, Shiphay Manor Drive, Torquay TQ2 7EL
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01803 615501
School Type: Boys’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,120 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 156
Open Day Date: July and September
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)
Torquay Boys’ Grammar is open to 156 pupils in Year 7. Admission to the school at this stage is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. The school encourages prospective students and their parents to attend its open events before applying.
In cases where there are more Year 7 applicants than available places, the school uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:
For further details about the school’s admission criteria at Year 7, please visit its website directly.
To apply for a Year 7 place at Torquay Boys’ Grammar, parents need to complete a Common Application Form (CAF) online.
Students that live in a different local authority from Torbay need to apply by contacting their LA directly.
Torquay Boys’ Grammar School exam consists of two CEM test papers and one English writing test.
The English writing test will be set by Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, in collaboration with the other Torbay grammar schools and it will be marked internally.
Due to its formal nature, children can feel intimidated about sitting the eleven plus exam. To keep negative feelings at bay, parents should work with their child to build a good study plan so as to avoid leaving 11 Plus preparation to the last minute.
Introducing practice exam papers into your child’s study routine will prove beneficial as these will give your child a clearer idea of the structure of the exam. These practice papers should also be taken under timed conditions as this will get them used to working under time pressure as will be required in their CEM 11 Plus exam questions.
The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Torquay Boys’ Grammar School eleven plus exam:
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.
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+ Torquay exam.
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.
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, 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+ Torquay exam.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Torquay exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.
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.
CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Torquay 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.
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.
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 Torquay Boys’ 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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