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Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024


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Wakefield Girls’ High School (WGHS) is an independent day school for girls, which occupies a traditional red-brick building in the heart of the cathedral city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire.


Although the school functions autonomously, it is part of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation, which is a family of five schools: WGHS Junior School, WGHS Senior School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) Junior School, QEGS Senior School and Mulberry House Nursery.


The Foundation was established in 1875 by the governors of QEGS, which had been providing an education for boys in Wakefield since the late 16th century. Its aim was to extend education to girls and, with the express purpose of fulfilling that aim, WGHS opened its doors in 1878.


Whilst operating independently and providing same-sex learning environments, WGHS and QEGS benefit from some shared sports facilities and join together for some cultural and social activities.


At Key Stage 3, the WGHS curriculum covers the requirements of the national curriculum but also includes additional subjects, such as Latin and Classical Civilisations. Girls take nine subjects at GCSE and the school aims to provide them with as much subject choice as possible, including the option to take Greek as a tenth subject outside the normal timetable.


On Thursday afternoons, all girls take part in an enrichment and development programme called ‘EDGE’ and can choose from a wide range of academic, sporting and creative activities.


Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Information 2024


Address: Wentworth Street, Wakefield WF1 2QS

County: West Yorkshire

Admissions info: 01924 372490 or

School type: Independent girls’ day school

Open Day date: October

Exam date: January of Year 6

Exam type / Board: School’s own

Pass mark: Aim for 75%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.


Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Open Days


WGHS encourages all parents who are interested in applying for a Year 7 place for their daughter to contact the Admissions Team by telephone or email to register their interest and discuss the entry procedure.


The next step is to visit the school. WGHS holds Open Morning in early October each year, providing you and your child with an ideal opportunity to explore the school’s offering (including facilities) through meetings and guided tours. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:



Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions


WGHS is an academically selective school. External candidates wishing to join the school in Year 7 (11+) must take an entrance exam and a reference is obtained from each candidate’s current school to assist with decision making.


In order for your daughter to be considered for a place, you must complete the online application form and pay a non-refundable application fee of £50.


The entrance exam is paper-based and takes place in January, assessing your daughter’s skills across two areas of the curriculum. Please note that, on acceptance of a place, a deposit of £200 is payable.


Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries


A total of ten academic awards are available to top-performing applicants in the entrance examination. Through the Hepworth Knott Scholarship, the school provides one particularly strong 11+ candidate, who also qualifies for a 75% Foundation Award (bursary), with a free place.


If you wish to be considered for a bursary, you should tick the appropriate box on the registration form. The school will later get in touch to request relevant documentation. Please note that bursaries are reviewed annually.


Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format


The WGHS entrance exam and consists of tests in:


  • English comprehension
  • English creative writing
  • Mathematics


The English papers focus on both comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, grammar and inference. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The maths paper covers arithmetic, problem solving and logical thinking. While it is broadly aligned with the KS2 National Curriculum, in the second part of the paper, candidates may be asked to solve simple problems based on unfamiliar concepts.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Wakefield Girls’ High School 11+ examination.


How to Prepare for Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) 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 that 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 Wakefield Girls’ High School entrance exam. 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.


Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores


Pupils who are able to score 75%+ consistently in our 11+ practice tests should be on track to pass the Wakefield Girls’ High School 11+ test.


Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Wakefield Girls’ High School 11+ exam.


Don’t worry if your child is not scoring well in our practice papers from the outset. With targeted practice and focus, it’s possible to make big improvements in a short amount of time!


Wakefield Girls’ High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Practice Papers

NOTE: The following English and Mathematics practice tests are in standard format, which means that students need to write in their own answers rather than choose from a list of multiple-choice options. This matches the 11+ Exam format used by the school.



To prepare for the WGHS English papers, we would highly recommend using the following practice papers, which will help to improve comprehension and writing skills, including spelling and vocabulary:




11+ English Pack 1


11+ English Pack 2


11+ English Pack 3


11+ English Pack 4


11+ English Pack 5


11+ Inference Skills Pack 1


11+ Inference Skills Pack 2


11+ Poetry Comprehension


11+ Complete Comprehension Guide


11+ Reading Workbook




11+ Complete Writing Guide


11+ Writing Prompts


11+ Rewrite & Improve


11+ Spelling Pack 1


11+ Spelling Pack 2


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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 Pack 1


11+ Problem Solving Pack 2


11+ Mental Arithmetic 


11+ Algebra


11+ Angles & Degrees




11+ Estimation & Place Value


11+ Factors & Multiples


11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages


11+ Measurements


11+ Money


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+ Speed, Distance & Time


11+ Statistics


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


Other entry points for Wakefield Girls’ High School:


Click here to learn about Year 3 entry via the 7 Plus (7+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

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