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Alcester Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Alcester Grammar School: A Parents' Guide for 2022

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Alcester Grammar School is a mixed grammar school in Warwickshire with an attached sixth form centre. Founded over 400 years ago, the school was originally named ‘Newport’s Free School’ after its benefactor but changed its name in 1912.

The school prides itself on developing students as well-rounded individuals with its broad range of extra-curricular opportunities across sport, music, and drama. Alcester Grammar also has a strong academic record, with 99% of GCSE candidates achieving 5+ A*-C grades, and was the best performing grammar school in Warwickshire at 16-18 for progression in 2017’s League Table.

11 plus exam information for Alcester Grammar School

  • Address: Alcester Grammar School, Birmingham Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5ED

  • County: Warwickshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected]

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,000+

  • Number of Year 7 places: 150

  • Open day: March 2022

  • 11 plus exam dates: Saturday 17th September 2022

  • Exam board: Warwickshire Grammar SchoolsGL Assessment

Alcester Grammar School term dates

Alcester Grammar School’s Term Dates for 2022/2023 are as follows:

  • Autumn term 6th September to 14th December

  • Half term: 21st – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 20th – 24th February

  • Spring term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

What is the catchment area for Alcester Grammar School?

Alcester Grammar’s priority, or catchment, area is anywhere within a radius of 16.885 miles drawn from the Fountain in Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon to the County boundary south of Long Compton. Warwickshire Admissions will require proof of address prior to submission for the 11 plus.

Alcester Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Warwickshire County Council's Admissions Service (Warwickshire Admissions) coordinates Alcester Grammar School’s Year 7 admissions policy on the school’s behalf. Whether a student is admitted to Alcester Grammar depends on their performance in the 11 plus, and is subject to the catchment area outlined above.

To apply for Year 7 admission, you will need to register for the 11 plus test by the 30th June deadline and name Alcester Grammar on the relevant Common Application Form to your Local Authority. Late applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Both Warwickshire and Birmingham Consortium of Grammar Schools operate the same 11 plus test. You can request that your child's results are shared with the Birmingham Consortium if you are considering applying to those schools also.

When is the Alcester Grammar School 11 plus exam taken?

The Alcester Grammar School 11 plus is taken on Saturday 17th September 2022.

The Alcester Grammar School 11 plus exam format

The Warwickshire 11 plus test is made up of two papers, the first comprising maths and non-verbal reasoning, and the second paper testing reading comprehension and verbal reasoning.

Each section is likely to be multiple choice format, with a separate answer sheet to the question booklet. The question booklet is not marked, and any working out completed in this booklet will not be considered.

Applicants will be given a question booklet with the test questions along with a separate answer sheet, which are marked electronically. While past papers are not published, you can find familiarisation booklet resources on the school’s website.

Learn more detail about what to expect from the Warwickshire 11 plus here.

How to prepare for the Alcester Grammar School 11 plus

Approaching the 11 plus can be daunting, but with the right preparation your child will be able to approach the test confidently. It's always recommended to begin preparation as early as possible. Once your child has securely mastered the core curriculum, you can begin to introduce 11 plus material in short bursts, which will help make the preparation more manageable and minimise stress.

You can then begin to introduce online mock tests into your child’s routine to build up exam technique and get an idea of how well your child is currently performing and any areas they might need further support.

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