By Atom | Feb 14, 2023, 4:58 PM
Are you considering Alcester Grammar School for your child? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7, including key dates, how to register your child and what's on the 11 plus exam.
Alcester Grammar School is a mixed (girls and boys) grammar school in Warwickshire with an attached sixth form centre. Founded over 400 years ago, it 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.
Address: Birmingham Road, Alcester, B49 5ED
Local authority: Warwickshire County Council
School type: mixed grammar
Headteacher: Rachel Thorpe
Number of pupils: 1,325
National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 93
A level results: 76% A*–B
GCSE results: 73.6% 9/8/7
Admissions contact: [email protected]
Number of places in Year 7: 150
11 plus registration opens: 9th May 2023
11 plus registration closes: 30th June 2023
Exam date: 16th–18th September 2023
Exam results: mid-October 2023
Exam type: GL Assessment (West Midlands 11 plus)
Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023
National school offer day: 1st March 2024
The 2023–2024 term dates at Alcester Grammar School are:
Autumn term: 5th September – 22nd December 2023
Half term: 26th October – 3rd November 2023
Spring term: 9th January – 22nd March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 8th April – 19th July 2024
Half term: 27th–31st May 2024
Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.
When your child is in Year 5, register them for the 11 plus on the West Midlands Grammar Schools portal. Registration opens at 9am on 9th May 2023 and closes at 4pm on 30th June 2023.
Once your child has taken the exam, you will get their results in mid-October. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.
Before listing Alcester Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. How close you live to a school is very important as schools have priority areas which change based on the demand for places.
The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.
The 11 plus exam for Alcester Grammar School takes place in mid-September 2023.
It consists of two papers, each lasting about 60 minutes. Both papers are divided into smaller, individually-timed sections that assess:
Learn more details about the exam in our full guide to the Warwickshire 11 plus:
After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across both papers. Scores are ranked in order and the highest-scoring children are offered a place, with oversubscription criteria applied.
The school sets an automatic qualifying score and a minimum academic standard each year once the papers have been marked. This will depend on the size and performance of the year group.
Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is usually oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.
The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 150. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Alcester Grammar School are offered places first, as long as they achieve the required minimum academic standard or above. Places are then allocated to children in this order:
Category 1: Looked-After or Previously Looked-After Children who achieve the required minimum academic standard or above.
Category 2: Children who live in the priority area who are eligible for Free School Meals and who achieve the required minimum academic standard or above.
Category 3: Children who live in the priority area who achieve the automatic qualifying score or above.
Category 4: Children living outside of the priority area who achieve the automatic qualifying score or above.
Category 5: Children who score below the automatic qualifying score, but above the required minimum academic standard for the waiting list.
Those with the highest scores in each category are given highest priority for a place. In the case of children with the same score in any of these categories, the child living nearest the school in a straight line is given highest priority.
The priority area for Alcester Grammar School is based on a circle with 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 evidence of your home address, and will notify you each time this is required.
Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Warwickshire 11 plus.
The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.
We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.
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We understand how important this next step is for them, and for you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have about the 11 plus or Warwickshire grammar schools.