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Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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 Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022


Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School traces its history back to Newchurch Grammar School, which was founded in 1703. The core of the staff formed Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School at the existing site in 1913. It is larger than the average secondary school in England and specifically serves the communities of the Rossendale Valley.

The school prides itself on its traditional values and strong ‘family’ ethos, serving the families of Rossendale and beyond. In 2017, the school undertook a process that involved both staff and students to establish core values that define the school community. These are support, trust, ambition, respect, resilience and opportunity.

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School has an extensive list of notable former pupils, including several sportspeople and actors. It is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

11 plus information for Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

  • Address: Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School, Glen Road, Waterfoot Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 7B

  • County: Lancashire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01706 234500

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,300

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day: 14th June 2022

  • Registration deadline for entrance test: 21st June 2022

  • 11 plus exam date: 17th September 2022

  • Exam board: CEM

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School term dates

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School’s term dates for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

11 plus admissions process for Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

As an academy, the Academy Trust of Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School (BRGS) is the admissions authority. This authority has determined that the school is established primarily for the education of children attending Rossendale schools (refer to the catchment area below).

The planned admission number (PAN) for 2023 at Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School is 180. The school selects its entire intake on the basis of high academic ability; if applicants have not reached the required standard as part of the selection procedure, the school does not need to fill all the places available.

However, if the number of applicants who reach the required standard in the 11 plus exceeds 180, Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School will apply the following oversubscription criteria:

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children

  2. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

  3. Pupils attending Area 1 primary schools (see below), ranked in order of overall entrance exam mark

  4. Pupils attending Area 2 primary schools (see below), ranked in order of overall entrance exam mark

  5. Pupils not attending Area 1 or 2 primary schools (see below), ranked in order of overall entrance exam mark

What is the catchment area for Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School?

The admissions authority of Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School is clear that children attending Rossendale primary schools are prioritised. 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 (Bacup), St. Peter’s RC Primary, St. Saviour’s Community Primary, Thorn Primary, Water Primary, Waterfoot Primary

Area 2 primary schools Broadway Primary, Edenfield CE, Haslingden Primary, Helmshore Primary, Our Lady & St Anselm’s RC Primary, St. Bartholomew’s CE Primary, St. James CE Primary, St. John’s Stonefold CE Primary, St. John’s with St. Michael CE Primary, St. Mary’s RC Primary (Haslingden), St. Veronica’s RC Primary, Stubbins Primary, Tonacliffe Primary

How and when to apply to Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

Parents will need to register their child for the 11 plus test at Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School before 12 noon on Tuesday 21st June 2022. The registration form is available on the school’s admissions site.

You will also need to complete the Common Application Form for your local authority to apply for a place at the school. For Year 7 places in 2023, this will open on 1st September 2022 and must be submitted by 31st October 2022. Residents within the county of Lancashire can register for a school place here.

Parents will receive notification of their child’s performance in the Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School 11 plus test in October (in advance of the deadline for the Local Authority Common Application Form). However, as the number of candidates who reach the required standard in the exam may be greater than the number of places available, parents should be aware that their child’s exam result does not guarantee entry.

The 11 plus exam format at Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School

Unlike the other grammar schools in Lancashire, Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School recently changed its 11 plus exam provider to CEM.

Candidates will sit two papers (both just under an hour each) that cover a range of subjects. CEM 11 plus tests commonly assess reading comprehension, numerical reasoning (maths), verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. Each paper tends to be made up of smaller sub-sections that are separately timed.

Familiarisation papers for the 11 plus test are available on Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School's website.

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