Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

There are six grammar schools in the Wirral region, and one in Liverpool (The Blue Coat School).

The 11 plus in Wirral is administered by the Wirral Council for:

 

 

The Blue Coat School and Upton Hall School administer their own tests. For more details about each individual school’s eleven plus exam and their admissions procedures, please visit the pages above.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools

 

Registration Closing Date: May (Wirral), September (Liverpool)

Common Application Form (CAF) Closing Date: October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Wirral – GL Assessment | St. Anselm’s and The Blue Coat School – set by school | Upton Hall – GL Assessment

Results Date: October

Pass Mark: Upton Hall – 236 (subject to change), others not revealed

Allocations Date: March

Appeals Hearings: June

Admissions Info: Wirral County Council, 0151 606 2000 | Upton Hall School, 0151 677 7696 | Liverpool City Council, 0151 233 3006

 

Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools 11 Plus Admissions

 

Despite Wirral and Liverpool grammar schools using different admissions assessments, all Year 7 places at the schools are determined by pupil performance in the 11+ exam. Parents are advised to visit their preferred schools ahead of applying for a secondary school place in order to learn more about the admissions process. Each school also has detailed documentation about their admissions process available on their respective websites.

 

How to Register for the Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam

 

To apply for a Year 7 place at one of the four Wirral grammar schools, where the exam administered by Wirral Council, parents must register their child with the local authority (LA) before October. This can be done online.

 

Both St. Anselm’s College and Upton Hall School administer their own tests and so parents should register their child directly with their chosen school.

 

For The Blue Coat School in Liverpool, parents should register their child for the eleven plus exam via Liverpool City Council.

 

Parents are advised to consult their chosen school’s website directly to ensure they fully understand the 11+ registration process.

 

Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam Format

 

For Wirral schools:

 

Pupils taking the 11 Plus test for Wirral grammar schools will be tested on verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and mathematics. There are two tests, each lasting approximately 50 minutes.

 

For St. Anselm’s College:

 

Pupils will sit three tests that cover verbal reasoning, maths and English and a mental maths paper. The maths and English papers are both set by the school.

 

For Upton Hall School:

 

Students must sit two multiple choice verbal reasoning test, with each test lasting approximately 50 minutes.

 

For The Blue Coat School:

 

Students will sit three tests:

 

  1. Maths – 45 minutes long
  2. English – 50 minutes long
  3. Non-Verbal Reasoning – 20 minutes long

 

Parents will receive the results of their child’s 11+ exam online in October, with final Year 7 place allocations published in March.

 

Practice Papers for the Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools 11 Plus Exam

 

For those sitting the Wirral Grammar School eleven plus exam, we recommend the following resources:

 

Mathematics

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

 

Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

Skill Specific Practice

 

 

As the Upton Hall School entrance exam focuses on verbal reasoning, we would specifically recommend:

 

Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

Skill Specific Practice

 

 

For the St Anselm’s College 11+ exam, we would highly recommend the following practice papers:

 

English

Comprehension

Writing

 

Mathematics

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice

 

Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

Skill Specific Practice

 

 

For The Blue Coat’s School 11 Plus entrance exam, pupils will benefit from the following practice resources:

 

Mathematics

Full Practice Tests

Skill specific practice

 

English

Comprehension

Writing

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning

Full Practice Tests

 

 

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Why do some of the recommendations above show me independent school papers?

 

The main difference between independent and grammar school papers is the question format. Independent schools usually assess with standard format questions, which means students need to write out full answers. Grammar schools usually use multiple-choice format questions.

 

Whilst these selective schools in Wirral and Liverpool are grammar schools, they actually use the independent school (standard) format for their exams, which is why they are included in the recommendations above.

 

 

The information provided about Wirral and Liverpool 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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