Wiltshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

There are two selective grammar schools in Wiltshire; Bishop Wordsworth’s for boys and South Wiltshire for girls. For specific eleven plus details about each school, please read the articles below:



11 Plus Exam Information for Wiltshire Grammar Schools


Registration Closing Date: Bishop Wordsworth’s: July | South Wilts: September Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Bishop Wordsworth’s: CEM (Cambridge Assessment) | South Wilts: GL Assessment

Results Date: October

Pass Mark: Not made public

Allocations Date: March

Appeals Hearings: April, May, June

Admissions Info: Wiltshire County Council, 01225 713010


Wiltshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Admissions


Both grammar schools in Wiltshire use the 11 Plus exam to determine Year 7 place allocation. As both schools are regularly oversubscribed, parents and prospective students are encouraged to attend their chosen school’s open event before making an application – this helps to ensure that the school would be a good fit for the pupil.


Wiltshire grammar school admissions for Year 7 are coordinated through Wiltshire County Council. However, it is the responsibility of parents to ensure their child is registered for the eleven plus exam ahead of the exam date in September.


How to Register for the Wiltshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam


In the first instance, parents must submit a Common Application Form (CAF) to Wiltshire County Council – this can be done online. Both schools in the region also require parents to complete a Supplementary Form, available from the school directly.


Students who live outside the Wiltshire region should submit the CAF through their own local authority, who will inform Wiltshire County Council of the application.


Wiltshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format


While both Wiltshire grammar schools use the 11+ exam for Year 7 entry, they opt to use different providers. We have outlined the exam format for both entrance exams below:


Bishop Wordsworth’s School


Bishop Wordsworth’s 11 Plus exam consists of two papers, each lasting 50 minutes. Both papers test verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical ability. All papers are multiple-choice. The verbal reasoning section is likely to include comprehension and cloze, as per previous CEM exam papers.


South Wiltsshire Grammar


The South Wilts Grammar School for Girls eleven plus test consists of three multiple-choice papers that test maths, English and verbal reasoning. The scores from all three tests are standardised, combined and of equal weighting.


Practice Exam Papers for the Wiltshire Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam


Click here for our resource recommendations for the Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


Click here for our resource recommendations for the South Wilts Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Exam



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The information provided about Wiltshire grammar schools 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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