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Carre’s Grammar School 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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Carre's Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022


Carre’s Grammar School is a selective Academy for boys in the market town of Sleaforth, Lincolnshire. The sixth form is co-educational.

Carre’s Grammar School has always been associated with excellence, and in recent years the school’s reputation for delivering a first-rate all-round education to local students has grown even stronger. The school’s academic successes speak for itself, as do the students’ accomplishments in sports, music and other co-curricular activities.

11 plus information for Carre’s Grammar School

  • Address: Carre’s Grammar School, Northgate, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7DD

  • County: Lincolnshire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01529 302181

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 800

  • Number of places in Year 7: 120

  • Open day: Tours taking place during the week commencing Monday 4th July (appointment only). There is also an open evening on Wednesday 6th July and an open morning on Wednesday 19th October.

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

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

Carre’s Grammar School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Carre’s Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 20th October

  • Half term: 21st – 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Carre’s Grammar School admissions process

The Governing Body of Carre’s Grammar School determines all decisions about admissions in accordance with Lincolnshire County Council arrangements.

The first step is for your son to qualify according to his 11 plus results. Usually, Carre’s Grammar School only considers boys who place in the top 25% of the cohort which means there is no specific pass mark to be achieved. However, as the school is oversubscribed, competition is steep. Qualifying in itself does not guarantee admission to the school.

How and when to apply to Carre’s Grammar School

To apply for your child to sit the 11 plus exam at Carre’s Grammar School, you should apply as soon as possible. You will also need to apply for a school place on the Lincolnshire County Council website before 31st October.

Important dates to note:

  • June 2022: Practice papers sent to local primary schools

  • 4th – 8th July 2022: Open week (9.15am – 12pm), appointment only

  • September 2022: Lincolnshire County Council applications open

  • 17th September 2022: 11 plus paper 1

  • 24th September 2022: 11 plus paper 2

  • 31st October 2022: Closing date for Lincolnshire County Council place applications

  • 1st March 2023: Offers posted

  • 15th March 2023: Acceptance deadline

The 11 plus exam format at Carre’s Grammar School

The Carre’s Grammar School 11 plus exam consists of two multiple-choice papers: verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning (including spatial awareness). 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

The results will be ranked to select the top 25% of the local cohort. Typically the papers consist of 80 questions to be completed within 50 minutes.

How to prepare for the 11 plus at Carre’s Grammar School

The key to efficient understanding of the information is to study little and often. The earlier your child begins preparation, the less stressful the exam will be.

Prior to the real exam, practice tests are provided to local primary schools and completed at school. As the 11 plus exam is timed, your son should work quickly and skip questions in order to complete the exam in the allotted time.

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