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11+ West Midlands Grammar Schools Partnership – Key Admissions Details & Prep Materials

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Introduction

 

A new collaboration has been established amongst selective grammar schools in the Midlands region to streamline the 11+ entrance procedure.

 

The newly formed entity, known as the West Midlands Grammar Schools partnership, brings together grammar schools from the following areas:

 

⦿ Birmingham

⦿ Shropshire

⦿ Walsall

⦿ Warwickshire 

⦿ Wolverhampton

 

This strategic collaboration represents a significant step towards fostering educational synergies across the region.

 

In a pioneering approach designed to alleviate stress and foster a healthier environment for students, the partnership will implement a single unified test. This test will not only reduce the pressure students often feel during the entrance process, but also actively promote their well-being and positive mental health.

 

Scheduled to take place in September of the year prior to entry, this unified entrance examination aims to provide a smoother, more integrated admission process. One of the key advantages of this approach is the ability to share candidates’ test scores amongst all schools within the partnership. This eliminates the need for children to sit through multiple tests, thus simplifying the admissions process and reducing stress on both students and their families.

 

Complete List of Grammar Schools in West Midlands

 

The West Midlands Grammar School Partnership is an alliance of 19 grammar schools, which are as follows:

 

Birmingham


Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

King Edward VI Aston School

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

King Edward VI Five Ways School

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

 

Shropshire

 

Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School

Newport Girls’ High School

 

Walsall

 

Queen Mary’s High School

Queen Mary’s Grammar School

 

Warwickshire

 

Alcester Grammar School

King Edward VI School

Rugby High School for Girls

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School

Lawrence Sheriff School

Ashlawn School

 

Wolverhampton

 

Wolverhampton Girls’ High School

 

⬇️ Read on to learn more about their exam and admissions process!

 

11 Plus (11+) Exam Information for the West Midlands Grammar School Consortium

 

The results of the West Midlands entrance examination will serve as a unified standard for making admission decisions across the participating grammar schools. Students who excel in the examination will have the unique opportunity to be considered for entry to several schools within the area. This broadens their prospects of gaining a position at a grammar school. 

 

Exam date: September

Exam board type: West Midlands Partnership (GL Assessment)

Pass mark: Aim for 80%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.

Results date: October

Allocations date: March  

 

How to Register for the West Midlands Grammar School Consortium 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

If your child wishes to be considered for a grammar school place in the West Midlands area, they should be pre-registered for the entrance examination and sit the relevant assessment at a designated test centre. 

 

This can be done using an online portal, where you initially need to enter your postal code and your child’s gender. The portal will then take you to the relevant website, where you can register for the entrance test. 

 

West Midlands Consortium 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The test will comprise two papers assessing the children’s skills in the following topics:

 

  • English Comprehension
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal + Spatial Reasoning
  • Mathematics

 

Each paper will be approximately 50 minutes in length, with a one-hour administration time. Candidates will have a short break between papers and must record their answers on separate answer sheets provided. All questions are multiple-choice.

 

To help prepare candidates, familiarisation guides will be available from GL Assessment, who are the test providers for the West Midlands Partnership. However, it’s worth noting that these are generic familiarisation materials and do not accurately reflect what the new West Midlands Partnership test will actually be like in terms of layout, timings, format and question types.

 

West Midlands Consortium 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores

 

Test results will use age-weighted standardisation with a median score of 200. This adjustment affects grammar schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton, which previously employed a median score of 300.

 

Pupils who are able to score 80%+ consistently in our 11+ West Midlands practice tests should be on track to pass the 11 Plus. 

 

Whilst there are no guarantees, this is a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the West Midlands 11+ exam.

 

Passing the test does not guarantee that your child will be offered a place. It simply means they have surpassed the required threshold. As such, it makes sense to aim for as high a score as possible.

 

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!

 

Practice Papers for the West Midlands Consortium 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

Full Practice Tests

 

The following practice tests are specifically designed to help your child prepare for the West Midlands 11+ Exam. They provide excellent mock exam preparation, highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses:

 

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11+ West Midlands Practice Test 2

11+ West Midlands Practice Test 3

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English Comprehension

 

Full Practice Tests 

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in GL Assessment 11+ English exams, such as the West Midlands assessment. The timings and types of passages used are typical of what you can expect in the actual exam.

 

11+ Comprehension – Pack 1

11+ Comprehension – Pack 2

11+ Inference Skills – Pack 1

11+ Inference Skills – Pack 2

 

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Verbal Reasoning

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in the West Midlands 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level.  Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 3

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 4

 

Skill Specific Practice

If you find that certain Verbal Reasoning question types are particularly challenging for your child, the packs below will prove ideal. They provide targeted practice to drill down and focus on specific question formats. All the types of questions listed below could feature in the West Midlands 11+ exam. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Anagrams

11+ Analogies

11+ Codes

11+ Compound Words

11+ Embedded Words

11+ Form a Word

11+ Insert a Letter

11+ Letter Analogies

11+ Letter Calculations

11+ Letter Codes

11+ Letter Sequences

11+ Move a Letter

11+ Number Analogies

11+ Number Calculations

11+ Number Sequences

11+ Rhyming Synonyms

11+ Shuffled Sentences

11+ Synonyms

11+ Word Completion

11+ Word Match

11+ Word Opposites

11+ Word Pairs

11+ Word Puzzles

11+ Word Relationships

 

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Mathematics

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will introduce your child to all the key question types used in the West Midlands 11+ Mathematics exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Maths – Pack 1

11+ Maths – Pack 2

11+ Maths – Pack 3

11+ Maths – Pack 4

 

Skill Specific Practice

If you find that certain Maths topics are particularly challenging for your child, the packs below will prove ideal. They provide targeted practice to drill down and focus on specific sections of the syllabus. All the topics listed below could feature in the West Midlands 11+ exam. Each pack comes with free, detailed video explanations for every question to help your child learn and improve quickly.

 

11+ Algebra

11+ Angles & Degrees

11+ BODMAS

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+ Problem Solving – Pack 1

11+ Problem Solving – Pack 2

11+ Properties of Shapes

11+ Ratio & Proportion

11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry

11+ Sequences

11+ Special Numbers

11+ Speed, Distance & Time

11+ Statistics

 

Masterclasses

This set of tutorial videos provides a great overview of the 11+ Maths syllabus, teaching your child the key skills they need to master.

 

11+ Maths (GL) Masterclass

 

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Non-Verbal Reasoning

 

Full Practice Tests

The packs below will expose your child to all the key question types used in the West Midlands 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level.

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 1

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 2

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 3

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 4

 

Masterclasses

This set of tutorial videos provides a great overview of the 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning syllabus, teaching your child the key skills they need to master. The questions in this Masterclass have been exclusively created for us by one of the experts who write the questions for the actual West Midlands 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exam.

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Masterclass

 

Spatial Reasoning

 

Full & Skill Practice Tests

These packs will expose your child to all the key question types used in the West Midlands 11+ Spatial Reasoning exam sections, using the correct timings and pitched at just the right difficulty level. Many of these questions have been exclusively created for us by one of the experts who write the questions for the actual West Midlands 11+ Spatial Reasoning exam. Some of these question types are brand new and you won’t find them in any other practice resource!

 

– This pack covers all the key GL Assessment Spatial Reasoning question types that are known to come up in the test:

 

11+ Spatial Reasoning – Pack 1

 

– These packs each focus on one of these question types and provide further, targeted practice so you can drill down on weaker areas:

 

11+ Block Counting

11+ Combining Shapes

11+ Fold & Punch

11+ Folding Cubes

11+ Hidden Shapes

11+ Shape Completion

11+ Spinning Shapes

11+ Rotation

 

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West Midlands Grammar School Consortium: Leavers’ Destinations 

 

Leavers’ destinations here refer to the next steps that students take after completing their studies at West Midlands grammar schools. 

 

Universities within the Russell Group are highly respected and sought-after institutions, celebrated for their impressive performances across a variety of significant metrics. These universities are renowned for their exemplary research contributions, providing a home for top-tier scholars and making pioneering discoveries. 

 

Prominent among the illustrious members of the Russell Group are the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Both universities command a noteworthy position as two of the world’s oldest and most prestigious academic institutions. Their longstanding tradition of scholarly excellence, underpinned by stringent academic programmes and distinguished faculty, only adds to their elevated status.

 

📊 The charts below show the recent leavers’ destinations for grammar schools in West Midlands:

West Midlands's top grammar schools

Source: Gov.uk

As the chart above shows, a significant number of grammar school students from the Midlands region are offered places at top universities in the UK.

 

Frequently Asked Questions About The 11 Plus (11+) West Midlands Grammar School Consortium

 

How many grammar schools are members of the West Midlands Partnership?

 

There are 19 grammar schools in the West Midlands Grammar School Partnership. Click here to access the articles we have for each of these schools, addressing their history and ethos, as well as all the details about their 11+ entry procedure.

 

How can I register my child for the West Midlands Partnership 11+ exam?

 

Registrations for the exam are done online. Initially, you need to enter your postal code and your child’s sex in this online portal, which then takes you to the relevant website where you can register for the entrance test. 

 

When is the West Midlands Grammar School Partnership 11+ exam held?

 

The West Midlands Partnership 11+ exam is held in September. 

 

What is tested in the West Midlands Partnership 11+ exam?

 

The West Midlands 11+ exam consists of GL-style papers assessing English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.

 

What is the West Midlands Partnership 11+ exam pass mark?

 

Test results will use age-weighted standardisation with a median score of 200. Pupils who are able to score 80%+ consistently in our 11+ West Midlands practice tests should be on track to pass the 11 Plus.

 

Who is the 11+ exam provider for West Midlands?

 

Grammar schools in West Midlands use GL Assessment as their exam provider.

 

 

The information provided about the West Midlands Grammar Schools Partnership was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the schools directly if you are unsure of anything. Contact details are provided within individual school posts.

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