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Withington Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam Information 2024

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Introduction

 

Withington Girls’ School in Manchester is an independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18. It was founded in 1890 by a group of Manchester families who wanted to provide their daughters with the same educational opportunities that were available to their sons.

 

The school has remained relatively small, with just 540 pupils in the senior school, and is proud of its fairly informal atmosphere and its ethos, based on the notion that ‘the pleasure of academic work should be its own reward.’ As such, the school offers no prizes or scholarships.

 

Withington is one of the top ten schools in the UK based on A-level and GCSE results, and the best-performing school in the North of England.

 

Withington Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information 2024

 

Address: 100 Wellington Road, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 6BL

County: Greater Manchester

Admissions info: admissions@wgs.org or 0161 249 3371

School Type: Girls’ independent day school

Number of Pupils: 680 (approx.)

Open Day Date: November

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.

 

Withington Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Open Days

 

Before applying to Withington Girls’ School, it is highly recommended that families attend one of its open events. Whole school Open Days take place in November and booking is made through the Admissions Office. The events provide the opportunity to explore facilities and hear from the Head, as well as meet key staff members. You can view the school’s exact location on the map below:

 

 

Withington Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

The application form for Year 7 entry can be downloaded from the school’s website and should be returned before the December deadline in the year prior to entry. This includes a payment of a non-refundable registration fee of £50.

 

Withington Girls’ School is academically selective. All applicants for entry into Year 7 are required to sit an entrance exam, which takes place in January.

 

Following the entrance exam, short-listed candidates will be invited to attend a general interview with a senior member of staff. Interviews tend to take place in the 3 to 4 weeks following the exam. Withington will also request a written reference from the Head of your daughter’s current school.

 

Withington Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Scholarships and Bursaries

 

The school offers means-tested bursaries, which range from 10% to 100% of the annual fee. Parents must indicate on the application form if they wish to apply for a bursary. The school does not offer scholarships.

 

Withington Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

The entrance exam for Withington Girl’s School consists of three tests:

 

  • English:
    • Comprehension (45 minutes)
    • Essay (35 minutes)

 

  • Maths (basic skills and problem solving)
    • Paper 1 (30 minutes)
    • Paper 2 (40 minutes)

 

  • Verbal Reasoning (50 minutes)

 

The tests take place in classrooms in groups of 25 to try to make the process less intimidating. Calculators cannot be used.

 

The maths and English papers are written and marked by staff at the school

 

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

 

How to Prepare for the Withington Girls’ School 11 Plus (11+) Entrance Exam

 

One of the best ways of preparing for competitive entrance exams is to use practice papers. These help students familiarise themselves with the format and question types 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, can be used to prepare for all aspects of the Withington Girls’ School entrance exam. They are designed to challenging to reflect the demands of the tests set by a competitive independent school. The papers provide practice in all the key skills and can be used to identify any weaker areas that require additional work before the exam and help build confidence.

 

Our 11+ practice papers are thoroughly researched and up to date. Every year, they are used successfully by hundreds of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance examination process. They are designed to be age appropriate but challenging, to reflect the demands of a competitive independent school’s entrance exam.

 

Withington Girls’ 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 Withington Girls’ School 11+ test.

 

Whilst there are no guarantees, this has historically been a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Withington Girls’ 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!

 

Withington Girls’ 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.


English

 

To prepare for the English paper, we would highly recommend using the following resources, which will help to improve comprehension, composition, spelling and vocabulary:

 

Comprehension

 

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

 

Writing

 

11+ Complete Writing Guide

 

11+ Writing Prompts

 

11+ Rewrite & Improve

 

11+ Spelling Pack 1

 

11+ Spelling Pack 2

 

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If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.

 

Mathematics

 

To prepare for the Withington Girl’s School maths papers, we would highly recommend using the following resources:

 

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+ 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+ 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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Verbal Reasoning

 

Practice Tests

 

The following practice papers will provide excellent preparation for the Verbal Reasoning paper:

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 1

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 2

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 3

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Pack 4

 

Skill Specific Practice

 

The following topic specific packs will help your child prepare for the various question types that could come up in the Withington Girls’ School 11+ Verbal Reasoning exam:

 

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 Grids

 

11+ Letter Sequences

 

11+ Move a Letter

 

11+ Number Analogies

 

11+ Number Calculations

 

11+ Number Sequences

 

11+ Related Words

 

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

 

Masterclasses

 

11+ Verbal Reasoning Masterclass

 

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Interviews

 

This interview guide covers all the key concepts your child needs to be aware of for the 11+ Interview:

 

11+ Interviews – The Complete Guide

 

 

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

Click here to learn about Year 5 entry via the 9 Plus (9+) Exam

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