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Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School: A Parents' Guide for 2022

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Founded in 1656, Haberdashers’ Adams is a grammar school for boys aged 11-18 and girls 16-18, located in Newport, Shropshire. It offers day and boarding education. Haberdashers’ Adams has been educating the young boys of Newport for approaching 400 years. While Haberdashers’ Adams are proud of the school’s heritage they do not allow the history of the school to dictate their future. Teachers are encouraged to use their own creativity and flair in the way they teach their lessons.

11 plus exam information for Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School

More information on Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School can be found below:

Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School term dates

Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School's 2022-23 term dates are:

  • Autumn term: 7th September – 15th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 20th – 24th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

What is the Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School 11 plus exam format?

The 11 plus exam for Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School follows the CEM 11 plus for the Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton Consortium of grammar schools. The entrance exam consists of two multiple choice question papers, covering a range of numeracy, literacy and problem-solving skills.

CEM covers verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning. In practice, ‘verbal reasoning’ encompasses many of the skills tested in the GL English exam, including comprehension. Likewise, ‘numerical reasoning’ involves the core maths skills needed for the GL exam. For more information, see Atom's complete guide to the 11 plus.

Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School entrance exam process

The Year 7 Entrance Test for September 2023 entrance will be held on Monday 26th September 2022 for boys registered to sit the exam. Exam results will be issued mid-October.

Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar school is able to offer 135 day places as well as 15 boarding places for Year 7 entry due to their recent school expansion. However, if the number of students who pass the exam exceeds the number of places, the school will use their over-subscription criteria.

For boarding places, the school will interview all applicants and their parents to consider whether the child can benefit from a boarding environment. A report from the current school of the student will be taken into account when assessing whether a child will get a boarding place.

How and when to apply to Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School

To register for the entrance exam, parents should visit the Adams Grammar School admissions page on the school website. Registration opens from Monday 4th April 2022. The deadline for registering is 4pm on Thursday 7th July 2022.

How to prepare your child for the Haberdashers’ Adams Grammar School 11 plus exam

Parents should give their children ample time to ensure they are ready for the 11 plus exam by starting preparations as early as possible. Parents should introduce their child to problem solving concepts in Year 4 and move towards more tailored concepts of verbal and non-verbal reasoning in Year 5 to give your child a good foundation of knowledge.

It is then recommended to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the CEM exams. You can find examples of these in the familiarisation documents on the school’s website.

We can help your child prepare for the Haberdashers' Adams Grammar 11 plus

At Atom Learning, we have over 90,000 teacher-written practice questions and unlimited mock tests that mirror the format and structure of the Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton test. We also offer live exam prep courses and lessons to help build their skills in a friendly, encouraging, and interactive way. You can start your 5-day free trial today to ensure your child is fully confident and prepared for the 11 plus.

To learn more about how Atom can support you and your child with 11 plus preparation during this important time, please contact our team of experts at [email protected] who will be happy to help.


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