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Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1931, Wirral Grammar School for Girls is an all-girls grammar based in Merseyside. Over 1,000 girls aged 11-18 attend the high-performing school, which has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in every department.

 

Wirral Girls is a Specialist Language College, a Humanities College and a Science College. It is an academy that is proud to offer modern facilities to its staff and pupils. The school’s main vision is to provide a happy and stimulating environment for its pupils and does so by offering a challenging curriculum alongside a fun and friendly co-curricular programme.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Wirral Grammar School for Girls

 

Address: Heath Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 3AF

County: Merseyside

Admissions Info: [email protected], 0151 644 8282

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,068

Number of Places in Year 7: 175

Open Day Date: May

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)

 

Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Admissions

 

All 175 Year 7 places at Wirral Grammar School for Girls are allocated based on pupil performance in the 11+ exam. Before applying for a place, it is suggested that parents visit the school at one of its open events, where they can ask questions about the admissions process before committing any further.

 

With over eight applications for each Year 7 place, it is likely that the school will be oversubscribed. In such cases, the school uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  1. Girls in public care
  2. Girls with a valid medical reason (doctor’s letter must be supplied)
  3. Girls with a sister attending the school at the time of application
  4. Girls with a parent who works at the school for a minimum of two years
  5. Distance from the home address to the school

 

The school’s full admissions policy can be downloaded directly from their website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Wirral Grammar School for Girls

 

Wirral Grammar School for Girls is one of four schools based in Wirral that follow a coordinated scheme for secondary school admissions. This is maintained by Wirral Council, the Local Authority (LA). To apply for a Year 7 grammar place, complete this admissions form in the first instance.

 

Parents will be notified of results via post from mid-October and the first round of place allocations will be available from the beginning of March.

 

Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11+ exam consists of two papers that each last around 50 minutes. Both are made-up of a mix of standard format and multiple choice questions, covering:

 

 

Test results are fully age-standardised to ensure that no pupil has an advantage based on their age.

 

How to Prepare for the Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Exam?

 

For your daughter to have the best chance of gaining a Year 7 place at Wirral Grammar School for Girls, she should invest additional time in revision on top of her usual school work. Children are shown to respond better to shorter bursts of revision, so just 15-20 minutes each day can make a real difference to her knowledge ahead of the exam.

 

A great way to highlight any knowledge gaps ahead of the eleven plus is to use practice exam papers as part of their revision. These 11+ papers come complete with answers, enabling parents to accurately measure their daughter’s performance and track her improvements in the lead-up to the exam.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 Plus Exam

 

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

 

Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section

 

11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (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+ Wirral Girls exam.

 

11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Mental Arithmetic

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 Section

 

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 CEM 11+ Wirral Girls exam.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Associations (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Adjectives (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Word Definitions (CEM)

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.

 

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Wirral Girls exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.

 

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 1 – Words

11+ Cloze (CEM) Pack 2 – Sentences

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.

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Wirral Girls 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.

 

Non-Verbal Reasoning Section

 

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

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.

 

Full Practice Tests

 

11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

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 Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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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