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Bourne Grammar School 11 plus: parents’ guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:37 PM

Bourne Grammar School 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022


Bourne Grammar School is a co-educational grammar school with Academy status. A grammar school has existed in Bourne since the 14th century and the current school was founded in 1636, moving to its present-day location in 1921.

The school has grown quickly in the last 10 years and this increase in student numbers has been matched by the site’s development. In recent years, a number of spectacular, well-appointed buildings have opened, including a new £4 million science block with 15 state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching biology, chemistry and physics.

Bourne Grammar School is rated as one of the top 16 secondary schools in Lincolnshire, according to Ofsted.

11 plus information for Bourne Grammar School

  • Address: Bourne Grammar School, South Road, Bourne, Lincolnshire, PE10 9JE

  • County: Lincolnshire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01778 422288

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,600

  • Number of places in Year 7: 240

  • Open day: June/July

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment (Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools)

Bourne Grammar School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Bourne Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 21st October

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April –14th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Bourne Grammar School admissions process

The Governing Body of Bourne Grammar School determines all decisions about admissions. To qualify for consideration, your child will need to score at least 220 over the two 11 plus papers (out of a maximum score of 282).

However, meeting this minimum requirement does not automatically result in admission. Should the number of students who meet the selection criteria exceed 240, places will be allocated in accordance with the School’s Admissions Policy.

Bourne Grammar School does not have a defined catchment area as this varies from year to year based on the cohort size, proportion of siblings and other factors that cannot be predicted in advance.

How and when to apply to Bourne Grammar School

To apply for your child to sit the 11 plus exam at Bourne Grammar School, you should apply before 31st July 2022. You will also need to apply for a school place on the Lincolnshire County Council website before 31st October.

The 11 plus exam format at Bourne Grammar School

The 11 plus exam will be taken over two separate dates at Bourne Grammar School:

  • Saturday 17th September: Verbal reasoning paper. This is multiple-choice and consists of 80 questions, with 50 minutes of time provided.

  • Saturday 24th September: Non-verbal and spatial reasoning paper. This is multiple-choice and consists of 5 sections, each with 14 questions.

Students must think outside the box, look for codes and patterns, and utilise their knowledge of symmetry, rotation, word building, and vocabulary in order to pass the exam. These exams focus on the application of cognitive skills.

Take a look at our comprehensive guides to 11 plus verbal reasoning and 11 plus non-verbal reasoning for more support. You may also wish to look at our guide to the Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11 plus exam for more information

How to prepare for the 11 plus at Bourne Grammar School

Atom’s top tips

  • Familiarise your child with the format of the papers.

  • Work through mock tests.

  • Make learning fun!

  • Start preparing early.

  • Studying little and often wins the race!

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