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Carre's Grammar School 11+ guide

By Atom | Apr 26, 2024, 11:35 AM

Carre's Grammar School, Lincolnshire

Thinking about applying to Carre's Grammar School? Find out everything you need to know about admissions in 2024–2025 and how to prepare your child for success in the Lincolnshire 11 plus entrance exam.

Key information for Carre's Grammar School

Dates for your diary

  • Friday 5th January 2024: Lincolnshire Grammar School 11+ registration opens

  • Sunday 31st March 2024: Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ registration closes

  • Tuesday 2nd July 2024: Open Morning

  • Wednesday 3rd July 2024: Open Morning and Open Evening

  • Thursday 4th July 2024: Open Morning

  • Saturday 14th September 2024: Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ verbal reasoning paper

  • Saturday 21st September 2024: Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ non-verbal reasoning paper

  • Friday 11th October 2024: Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ results day

  • Thursday 31st October 2024: secondary school common application deadline

  • Saturday 1st March 2025: national school offers day

About Carre's Grammar School

Carre’s Grammar School is a selective academy for boys in the market town of Sleaforth, Lincolnshire, with a mixed sixth form. The school is a founding partner of the Robert Carre Trust. It has a partnership with the local girls' grammar school, Kesteven and Sleaford High School.

Carre’s Grammar School has a reputation for excellence. In recent years the school’s reputation for delivering a great all-around education to local students has grown even stronger. The school does well academically, and students excel in sports, music, and other activities outside of class.

How to apply to Carre's Grammar School

Carre's Grammar School is a selective state school. This means that your child will need to take the 11 plus exam to be eligible for a place in Year 7.

Carre's Grammar School is a member of the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. There are 15 grammar schools in the Consortium and they share the same entrance test. This means that your child will only need to take the test once, even if you’re applying to more than one school in the Consortium.

Registration for the 2024 exam opens on Friday 5th January 2024 and closes on Sunday 31st March 2024. You’ll be able to register your child for the test via the website of any of the participating schools.

The 11 plus exam is taken over two dates. The first paper will take place on Saturday 14th September and the second paper will take place a week later on Saturday 21st September. You’ll receive your child’s results on Friday 11th October.

To apply to Carre's Grammar School, you’ll need to name the school as one of your preferred schools on the secondary school common application form. This will be available on your home council website from early September and must be submitted by Thursday 31st October 2024.

Remember – passing the 11 plus doesn’t guarantee that your child will be allocated a place at your preferred school. Many grammar schools are often oversubscribed with qualified children. Schools and their admissions authorities work through admissions criteria to prioritise children for places. We’ve included the admissions criteria for Carre's Grammar School below.

What subjects are on the entrance exam?

Carre's Grammar School uses the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools 11 plus. This consists of two papers which are taken on consecutive Saturdays in September:

  • Verbal reasoning: this paper consists of 80 questions split across 15 sections. The paper has a time limit of 50 minutes.

  • Non-verbal and spatial reasoning: this paper consists of 70 questions split across 5 sections. Each section is timed individually by the invigilator.

All of the questions in the Lincolnshire 11 plus are multiple-choice. Your child will have separate answer sheets which they will use to mark their answers. These are marked electronically.

Guide to the Lincolnshire Consortium 11 plus

Find out everything you need to know in our complete guide to the Lincolnshire Consortium 11 plus entrance test. Plus, get access to free 11 plus resources to help your child feel confident for their exam!

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Verbal reasoning paper

How does place allocation work at Carre's Grammar School?

The pass mark for the Lincolnshire 11 plus can’t be decided until after the tests. The grammar schools in the Consortium usually select children working within the top 25% of their year group, so the top 25% depends on the scores achieved by the cohort. However, as a guide, children who achieve a total standardised score of 220 or above are likely to be working within this range based on national data.

If more than 120 applying to Carre's Grammar School achieve the qualifying score, the school applies oversubscription criteria. Children are prioritised for places in the following order:

  1. Any child who is, or has been in the past, in the care of the local authority (also known as a Looked After or previously Looked After child)

  2. Any child who is registered for Pupil Premium or Free School Meals

  3. Children who have siblings at one of the schools within the Robert Carre Trust

  4. Children living closest to the school (measured by a straight line between the child's primary home and the school address)

Carre’s Grammar School does not have a catchment area.

Atom’s top tips for 11 plus preparation

The Lincolnshire 11 plus is designed to select the most academically able children in the area. Here are our top tips to help you and your child feel confident for exam day!

Bitesize learning

It’s important to build a good knowledge base before the 11 plus. Using a ‘little and often’ approach when learning is key – our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. For children aged 10–11, child psychologists recommend regular study sessions of 20–30 minutes.

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Read widely

11 plus exams test your child’s ability to analyse and interpret written information. Regular reading is a great way to help your child build these skills.

Encourage them to read books from different genres and by a diverse range of authors. Increasing the variety of your child’s reading will help them understand different styles, tones and purposes. Meanwhile, reading a little every day will help widen their vocabulary, sharpen their analytical thinking, and enhance their imagination.

Refine exam technique

When your child feels confident with the topics they’ve learnt in Year 5, they’ll be ready to put their knowledge to the test.

Practice tests can help your child develop problem-solving skills and build confidence working under test conditions. They’re also a great way to consolidate learning and highlight knowledge gaps for further improvement.

With Atom Home, you'll unlock online mock tests and printable practice papers for the Lincolnshire Consortium 11 plus entrance test. Enjoy automatic marking and progress tracking with the online tests, and help your child get familiar with the real exam experience with printable practice papers.

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Celebrate progress

Setting regular, achievable goals and celebrating your child’s progress – no matter how big or small – will help keep their motivation high.

Make sure to encourage a growth mindset. This means celebrating effort, as well as achievement! When your child makes mistakes or struggles to understand a particular topic, help them understand that they’ll improve through practice. Regular praise will help your child improve their resilience when tackling new and challenging topics.

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