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Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 3:44 PM

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about the admissions process for grammar schools in Lancashire – and how to help your child excel in the 11 plus exam.

About Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) is a mixed (girls and boys) selective academy serving the communities of the Rossendale Valley. It traces its history back to Newchurch Grammar School which was founded in 1703.

Rated Outstanding by Ofsted, the school has an extensive list of notable former pupils including several sportspeople and actors. BRGS prides itself on its traditional values and strong family ethos, aiming to produce the next generation of leaders for our country.

  • Address: Glen Road, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 7BJ

  • Local authority: Lancashire County Council

  • School type: mixed grammar

  • Headteacher: Alan Porteous

  • Number of pupils: 1,295

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 174

  • A level results: 70.3% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 60.6% 9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • 11 plus registration opens: Monday 5th June 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: Friday 22nd September 2023 at midday

  • Open day: Tuesday 13th June, Thursday 15th June, and Wednesday 20th September 2023

  • Exam date: Saturday 30th September 2023

  • Exam type: GL Assessment

  • Local authority application form deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at BRGS are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 22nd December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October

  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

While your child is in Year 5, register them to take the 11 plus on the school website. Registration will open on the school website on Monday 5th June 2023 and will close at midday on Friday 22nd September 2023.

If you are also considering Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, you will need to apply for its entrance exam separately.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the exam, you will get their results in October. If your child scores highly enough, you can include grammar schools on your local authority application form. If you live in Lancashire, you can name up to three preferences for secondary schools on your form.

Before listing Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, which primary school they attend is an important factor in whether they are likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the BRGS 11 plus exam?

Like other Lancashire grammar schools, Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School uses papers by GL Assessment for the 11 plus exam.

Children applying for a place at Bacup & Rawtenstall will take three papers on Saturday 30th September 2023. Each paper will last around 40-50 minutes:

he test is entirely multiple-choice format, with no writing sections. Children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically. They are given instructions by the examiners on how to record their answers.

The maths and English questions assess your child's understanding of Key Stage 2 national curriculum content, including Year 6 objectives. It tests their ability to reason and apply knowledge accurately.

The verbal reasoning questions assess your child’s logic and problem-solving ability using written information. Reasoning topics are not typically taught at school. They are intended to measure how well children can spot patterns with, connect and manipulate words and numbers.

Unlike many other areas, Lancashire 11 plus does not include non-verbal reasoning.

Learn about each subject in detail and get free preparation resources in our full 11 plus guide.

11 plus preparation guide

What is the pass mark for Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School?

After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across all papers. These total scores are ranked in order.

Generally, grammar schools are looking to select from the top 20–25% of academic performers. We recommend aiming for a standardised age score of 116–121.

Lancashire schools do not publish their target scores. The required standard varies each year depending on the size and performance of the year group. It can only be calculated after the tests have been marked and the standardised scores ranked.

Achieving a specific score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it's likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies and oversubscription criteria for your target schools.

​​​​​​​Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School admissions criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 180. Places are first offered to Looked After and Previously Looked After children, then children with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school. After this, places are allocated in this order:

  1. Pupils attending area 1 primary schools, ranked in order of exam score.

  2. Pupils attending area 2 primary schools, ranked in order of exam score.

  3. Pupils not attending area 1 or 2 primary schools, ranked in order of exam score.

When two or more pupils have the same ranking and there are not enough places for them all, the children living nearest to the school are given priority.

​​​​​​​Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School catchment area

Children attending Rossendale primary schools are prioritised for entrance to BRGS. The schools are separated into two areas:

Area 1 primary schools

Balladen Primary, Britannia Community Primary, Constable Lee St Paul’s CE Primary, Crawshawbooth Primary, Holy Trinity CE Primary, Newchurch CE Primary, Northern Primary, Sharneyford Primary, St Anne’s Edgeside CE, St James the Less RC Primary, St Joseph’s RC Primary, St Mary’s CE Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary, St Peter’s RC Primary, St Saviour’s Community Primary, Thorn Primary, Water Primary, and Waterfoot Primary.

Area 2 primary schools

Broadway Primary, Edenfield CE, Haslingden Primary, Helmshore Primary, Our Lady & St Anselm’s RC Primary, St Batholomew’s CE Primary, St James CE Primary, St John’s Stonefold CE Primary, St John with St Michael CE Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary, St Veronica’s RC Primary, Stubbins Primary, and Tonacliffe Primary.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Lancashire 11 plus.

Cover all the content

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.

Atom Nucleus is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of the Lancashire 11 plus at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Nucleus offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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