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King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby) 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby) 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022


King Edward VI Academy is a co-educational academy, opened in 2012, located in the rural area of Spilsby, Lincolnshire. The school is a bilateral academy, meaning that it is a secondary school with a grammar stream in each year of entry, and a member of the David Ross Education Trust.

King Edward VI Academy states that its hallmarks include a calm, warm and welcoming atmosphere; students who develop self-esteem and self worth; an inclusive environment and the belief that every student, whatever their circumstances, has the potential to make something of themselves and their futures.

King Edward VI Academy is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

11 plus information for King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby)

King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby) term dates

The term dates for King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby) in 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September – 16th December

  • Half term: 17th – 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

Admissions process for Year 7 entry to King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby)

The David Ross Education Trust is the Admission Authority for King Edward VI Academy.

Arrangements for applications for places in Year 7 at King Edward VI Academy are made in accordance with Lincolnshire County Council’s co-ordinated admission arrangements. Parents who live in Lincolnshire can apply online at Lincolnshire County Council’s website; parents resident outside of Lincolnshire must apply through their home Local Authority.

If there are more applications to the school than the 90 places available in Year 7, the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order:

  • Looked after and previously looked after children

  • Up to 30 children who are selected by academic ability, having taken the 11 plus selection tests

  • Children with a sibling at the academy who will still be attending when the child is due to start

  • The distance from the child’s home address to the academy (priority is given to the child living closest)

How and when to apply to King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby)

The deadline for the 11 plus exam at King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby) has now passed. However, you will also need to apply for a school place on the Lincolnshire County Council website before 31st October.

The 11 plus exam format at King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby)

Applicants for King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby) will take the same two 11 plus papers as the other schools in the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools:

  • Saturday 17th September: Verbal reasoning test

  • Saturday 24th September: Non-verbal reasoning test (including spatial awareness)

Children applying for one of the 30 selective places will need to achieve a minimum qualifying standard of 220 (combined score from both papers). Priority will be given to the children who obtain the highest score. If the 30th child to be offered a place has the same score as another (or more than one other) child, the place will be offered by random allocation (a process overseen by a person independent of King Edward VI Academy or the David Ross Education Trust).

Take a look at our complete guides to 11 plus verbal reasoning and 11 plus non-verbal reasoning as well as our guide to the Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11 plus exam.

How to prepare for the 11 plus at King Edward VI Academy (Spilsby)

The most effective way to prepare for the 11 plus is by starting early and breaking down the different sections of the test into smaller, manageable parts. Encourage your child to get familiar with the different exercises, celebrate their progress, and work with them to improve any weaker areas. It’s also a good idea to prepare your child for exam day as this gets closer, with online mock tests to help them practise time management.

Your child may encounter different questions on the 11 plus to the ones they’re used to from school, so it’s vital to introduce them to sample questions and familiarisation materials that use the same format as the Lincolnshire 11 plus. Some free 11 plus exercises are available online, but these won’t all be in the same style as the Lincolnshire 11 plus, so make sure you’re choosing ones that will give your child an accurate idea of what to expect.

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