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Clitheroe Royal Grammar School 11 plus: parents’ guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 2:02 PM

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022


Clitheroe Royal Grammar School was founded in 1554 and occupies two sites in Clitheroe – the main school, on Chatburn Road, and the sixth form centre on York Street. The school cherishes its rich heritage but maintains a forward-thinking focus and embraces modern education.

The school is academically successful; in 2021, over 50% of GCSE grades were the top scores of 9 and 8 and 75% were 9–7. There is a strong pastoral system in place, with pupils staying in the same form throughout their years in the main school. Pupils are also members of houses which helps to sustain the sense of community.

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School is rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted.

11 plus information for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

  • Address: Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Main School, Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2BA

  • County: Lancashire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01200 423379

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 750 (main school)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day: Wednesday 6th July 2022, 5.30pm–7.30pm. A virtual tour is also available.

  • Registration deadline for entrance test: Friday 16th September 2022 at noon

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School term dates

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School’s term dates for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October – 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 20th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

11 plus admissions process for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

As an academy school, the governors of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School are responsible for setting the school’s admission arrangements. In common with state schools throughout England, the school is part of a co-ordinated local admission scheme (Lancashire).

The planned admission number (PAN) for 2023 at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School is 150. If the number of applicants who reach the required standard in the 11 plus test exceeds 150, the school will rank the applicants who have reached the required standard according to the following criteria:

  1. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

  2. Looked after and previously looked after children

  3. Candidates whose permanent residence is within the catchment area and who qualify for Pupil Premium at the time of registering for the test

  4. Candidates whose permanent residence is within the catchment area

  5. Candidates whose permanent residence is outside the catchment area and who qualify for Pupil Premium at the time of registering for the test

  6. Candidates whose permanent residence is outside the catchment area

What is the catchment area for Clitheroe Royal Grammar School?

Pupils join Clitheroe Royal Grammar School from over 40 primary schools within the catchment area and beyond. The priority catchment area consists of the Civil Parishes of the Borough of Ribble Valley. These are Aighton, Bailey & Chaigley; Balderstone; Bashall Eaves; Billington and Langho; Bolton by Bowland; Bowland Forest High; Bowland Forest Low; Bowland with Leagram; Chatburn; Clayton-le-Dale; Clitheroe; Dinckley; Downham; Easington; Gisburn; Gisburn Forest; Great Mitton; Grindleton; Horton; Little Mitton; Mearley; Mellor; Middop; Newsholme; Newton; Osbaldeston; Paythorne; Pendleton; Ramsgreave; Read; Rimington; Sabden; Salesbury; Sawley; Simonstone; Slaidburn; Twiston; Waddington; West Bradford; Whalley; Wilpshire; Wiswell (including Barrow) and Worston.

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School catchment area

How and when to apply to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Parents will need to register their child for the 11 plus test at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School by noon on Friday 16th September 2022. The online form will be available on the school website from Monday 6th June 2022.

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 Clitheroe Royal Grammar School 11 plus test by Friday 14th October. 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 Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Applicants will sit three 11 plus test papers, administered by GL Assessment, at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School (main site on Chatburn Road) on Saturday 24th September 2022. The tests will start at 8.30/9.00am (staggered start) and all will be finished by 12.30pm.

  • Mathematics: 50 minutes. Questions are aligned with the Year 5 maths national curriculum and cover number, measurement, data, algebra and geometry.

  • English: 45 minutes. Children will be assessed on their level of reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • Verbal reasoning: 45 minutes. Children are assessed on their ability to manipulate, connect and spot patterns with verbal information. There are 21 different types of verbal reasoning questions in GL exams so it is helpful to familiarise your child with these well in advance of the exam.

The marks in each paper will be combined to determine an overall score. Note that non-verbal reasoning is not tested at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School.

Sample test questions are available to download from Clitheroe Royal Grammar School’s website.

How can I help my child prepare for the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School 11 plus?

Start early. We suggest beginning the 11 plus preparation journey at the end of Year 4 or the beginning of Year 5. Your child should feel completely confident with the Key Stage 2 core curriculum content before they begin targeted exam preparation. Having a solid understanding of the content will help boost confidence and subject mastery ahead of the exam.

Friendly familiarisation. The 11 plus exam will contain question styles that your child has likely not come across before – particularly in verbal reasoning. With Atom’s Exam Preparation Plus package, your child will be able to take as many mock tests as necessary to feel comfortable with the format and style of the Clitheroe Royal Grammar School 11 plus exam.

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Read widely. Both the 11 plus English and verbal reasoning papers will require your child to have an excellent understanding of the English language. Reading widely across traditional and contemporary texts will support their exam preparation. Find free resources to help your child engage with reading here.

Focus on their needs. Tailor your child’s exam practice to their specific needs to help them stay on track. Atom’s adaptive learning algorithm personalises your child’s learning journey to help them master all the content required to achieve entry to Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. Data-driven insights will also give you an in-depth overview of your child’s progress.

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