UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2020
We can now confirm, following confirmation from the Regional Schools Commissioner, that the 11+ examinations will take place on Saturday 17th October 2020. There will be an AM and a PM session and following the deadline for applications you will be notified of which session your child will attend. Please also refer to the Updated Admissions Policy on the school website which will give you further information.
To gain a place in Year 7 at the start of the academic year students need to have taken the 11+ examinations. The same tests are set by each of the selective schools in Torbay and are scheduled at the same time – so the scores achieved can be shared between schools when necessary.
To take the tests you have to complete the registration form and submit it to the school of your choice. You can do this online or by post. The deadline for receipt of application forms this year is MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2020. (This date still remains in place despite the change of date of the 11+ examination).
We’d recommend that your child takes the exams at the school you expect to be your first choice. This isn’t essential, but it makes sense for your child to start getting some experience of the building and the staff.
You only register to take the tests with one school – you’re not applying for a place at this stage.
If your child is unable to take the tests on the above dates due to illness, or another significant and acceptable reason, they will be offered a chance to take them on the catch up test date. You’ll need to discuss any such arrangement with the school as soon as possible. The catch up date for this year is Tuesday 3rd November 2020.
“Everyone is supportive and I’ve made lots of friends who care about me. Also, Student Services is good because the staff are really nice and supportive” – Year 7 Student
Some children need special access arrangements such as enlarged papers, extra time, or special rooming requirements. Please discuss these with the school as soon as possible to allow these provisions to be made, and before the registration deadline. We may ask for information to verify the request.
You’ll find plenty of information about the tests themselves and how they’re marked in our 11+ information guide.
Our Admissions policy explains how the 11+ scores are handled and our criteria for admission.
You can also take a look at the CEM tests familiarisation booklet which tells you what you need to know about this test, and gives you some sample questions.
Our One Stop Guide section answers other questions you may have about the exams themselves and the application process.
ADDITIONAL FAMILIARISATION MATERIAL AVAILABLE TO PUPIL PREMIUM STUDENTS
If your child is eligible for Pupil Premium/Free School Meals, we are pleased to be able to offer access to an additional online package of around 10 hours familiarisation material, that has been developed by the King Edward Foundation of Birmingham Grammar Schools, especially for Pupil Premium students. If you indicate Pupil Premium on the application form, once we have verified this with your primary school, we will send you a logon code especially for you, so you can access the material on the online platform hosted by Frog.
What happens next?
This year, things will be slightly different and we will be unable to issue you with a guidance letter which wold normally indicate on the basis of your child’s performance in the exams, whether an application to a selective school is recommended.
You must still complete the Common Application Form for the Local Authority by 31 October 2020 (you can do this online). This year you will need to list four schools you would like your child to attend, in order of preference.
The Local Authority will advise you which school your child has been allocated on National Allocation Day, 1 March 2021.