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Colyton Grammar School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:38 PM

Colyton Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022


Colyton Grammar School, founded in 1546, is a co-educational school for pupils aged 11-18 in East Devon.

In 2022, Colyton Grammar School was ranked as the 14th best state school in the country by the Sunday Times and the second best state school in the South West. It was also ranked the best co-educational grammar school by the Fairer Schools Index in 2020.

11 plus information for Colyton Grammar School

  • Address: Colyton Grammar School, Whitwell Lane, Colyford, Devon, EX24 6HN

  • County: Devon

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01297 552327

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,000

  • Number of Year 7 places: 155

  • Open day: Tuesday 26th April, Thursday 5th May, Tuesday 12th July and Tuesday 6th September (all starting at 10am). Registration is required and available on the school website

  • Registration period: 1st April – 8th September 2022

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 17th September 2022

  • Exam board type: CEM

  • Results: October

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2023

  • Appeals: heard by an independent appeal panel

Colyton Grammar School term dates

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

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th – 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

Colyton Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

To apply for Colyton Grammar School and sit the 11 plus exam for entry, parents will need to register their child with the school. This can be done via the school website between 1st April and 8th September 2022.

Parents will also need to submit the Common Application Form to their local authority, naming Colyton Grammar School as a preferred school, before the national deadline on 31st October 2022. For Devon residents, this is the D-CAF3.

After the 11 plus exam, Colyton Grammar School’s Admissions Committee will rank the applicants according to their performance in the test. Places will be offered to those who have met the required standard – should more than 155 applicants meet this, then the school will prioritise the eligible candidates according to this oversubscription criteria:

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children (including those who appear to have been in state care outside of England, and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted)

  2. Children who are entitled to pupil premium, including the service premium

  3. Rank order based on the total score achieved in the test

Colyton Grammar School 11 plus exam format

Applicants for Year 7 at Colyton Grammar School will sit the 11 plus exam on Saturday 17th September. This exam is administered by CEM.

Candidates will sit two tests, each lasting approximately 50 minutes. The tests will assess verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning), numerical reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning. There is a mix of content in each of the two papers.

All marks are age-standardised to produce a final score. This means that there is no fixed raw mark total for qualification – the number of correct answers required will vary according to the child’s age.

Colyton Grammar School’s ‘Discover Project’ aims to make the school more accessible for primary school aged children from all backgrounds. Children eligible for pupil premium are invited to attend familiarisation workshops in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical skills at the school, which are run by Colyton Grammar School Year 12 students.

Pupils in attendance will have access to workbooks via the school’s virtual learning environment and other helpful resources. The programme ends with an 11 plus familiarisation test.

How can I help my child prepare for Colyton Grammar School 11 plus?

An 11 plus familiarisation booklet, covering comprehension, maths, pictures and word choice is available on Colyton Grammar School’s website. We also recommend taking a look at Atom Learning’s guide to CEM for more details on what the 11 plus exam is likely to cover.

Here are our other top tips to help your child prepare for the 11 plus exam:

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 comfortable with the curriculum content before beginning targeted exam preparation. Core curriculum programmes are useful to 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. 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 Colyton Grammar School's CEM exam.

Devon CEM 11 plus mock tests

Read widely: The 11 plus exam will require your child to have an excellent understanding of the English language, including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Reading widely across traditional and contemporary texts will support their exam preparation – find free resources for engaging your child 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 optimal learning journey to help them master all the content required to achieve entry to Colyton Grammar School. Data-driven insights will also give you an in-depth overview of your child’s progress.

Start your free 5-day trial of Atom Nucleus today to see how adaptive learning can empower your child to excel in Colyton Grammar School's 11 plus exam.

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