Back to blog

King Edward VI Academy Spilsby 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:11 PM

King Edward VI Academy, Spilsby (Lincolnshire)

Are you thinking about registering your child for Year 7 entry to King Edward VI Academy in Spilsby in 2024? We've collated everything you need to know about the process, including what's on the 11 plus exam and how to help your child prepare for the Lincolnshire 11 plus.

About King Edward VI Academy

King Edward VI Academy is a state school for boys and girls located in the rural area of Spilsby, Lincolnshire. Founded in 2012, the school is a member of the David Ross Education Trust and is a bilateral school. This means that any children who pass the Lincolnshire 11 plus and choose King Edward VI Academy will receive a grammar school education while studying alongside children receiving a comprehensive education.

The school is proud of its calm, warm and welcoming atmosphere, with students who develop self-esteem and self-worth. King Edward VI Academy believes that every student, whatever their circumstances, has the potential to make something of themselves and their futures.

  • Address: King Edward VI Academy, West End, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 5EW

  • Local authority: Lincolnshire County Council

  • School type: mixed bilateral academy

  • Headteacher: Sue Jones

  • Number of pupils: 450+

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01790 753260

  • Number of places in Year 7: 90 (of which 30 places are selective)

  • Open day date: TBC

  • 11 plus registration opens: January 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 31st March 2023

  • Exam date: 16th and 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools: GL Assessment

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

King Edward VI Academy term dates

The term dates at King Edward VI Academy in 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 21st December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 18th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to King Edward VI Academy

If you would like your child to be considered for a selective place at King Edward VI Academy, you will need to register for them to take the 11 plus exam in addition to applying for a school place.

  • Register for the 11 plus: you will need to register for your child to take the Lincolnshire 11 plus exam before 31st March 2023. Contact King Edward VI Academy directly for information about taking the exam at the school.

  • Apply for a school place: you will need to submit your local authority common application form (CAF) and name King Edward VI Academy as your preferred school of choice. If you're applying from within Lincolnshire, you will be able to complete this form on the Lincolnshire County Council website between 1st September and 31st October 2023.

The 11 plus at King Edward VI Academy

There are 30 places available on the selective stream at King Edward VI Academy. If your child has registered to take the Lincolnshire 11 plus exam, they will take two tests in mid-September. Most of the grammar schools in Lincolnshire take the same exam, so if your child is applying to multiple selective schools (or schools with selective streams) in the county, they will only need to take these papers once.

  • Verbal reasoning: Saturday 16th September 2023

  • Non-verbal/spatial reasoning: Saturday 23rd September 2023

Both tests are multiple-choice. If your child attends a primary school in Lincolnshire, they will receive free 11 plus familiarisation materials via their school in June 2023.

Find out more about the content of the exam in our guide to the Lincolnshire 11 plus and access free resources to help your child prepare.

Lincolnshire 11 plus guide

What is the pass mark for King Edward VI Academy?

After your child takes the 11 plus exam, a team of independent professional markers will double-mark and check the papers. Some scores will be age-standardised and then the results for the school will be ranked in order.

The qualifying level (pass mark) is a total standardised score of at least 220 on both papers. Children who meet and exceed this pass mark are normally working within the top 25% of their cohort.

The results of the exam will be emailed to you on Friday 13th October 2023. However, passing the 11 plus does not guarantee that your child will receive a place at the school, as more children normally qualify for a place than there are places available. See more information about this below.

King Edward VI Academy oversubscription criteria

There are 90 places available in Year 7 at King Edward VI Academy. Only 30 of these places are reserved for children who are applying for the selective stream and who meet the qualifying score in the Lincolnshire 11 plus. If there are more applications than there are places available, then the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria, in order, to prioritise candidates:

  1. Looked After and previously Looked After children

  2. Children with a sibling at the school who will still be attending when the child is due to start

  3. Children who have a parent employed by King Edward VI Academy

  4. Children who live closer to the school (determined by a straight line distance between the child's main address and the school site)

If twins, or children of multiple births, are split by the oversubscription criteria, then King Edward VI Academy will extend the number of places available where possible to accommodate all children.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Lincolnshire 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The Lincolnshire 11 plus assesses a variety of skills in verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Neither of these subjects is taught on the school curriculum.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

Atom Home is an adaptive 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey. They'll be able to cover all elements of 11 plus verbal and non-verbal reasoning at the pace that's right for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Home offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

See how our learning platform works

Try answering some 11+ questions

Let's go!

Personalised 11 plus prep for your child

Wondering how to make sure your child covers the depth and breadth of the entire 11 plus curriculum, stays on track with their progress, and gets help when they're stuck? Online learning is a particularly efficient, cost-effective (and fun) way to do this!

Atom Home is the award-winning online 11 plus practice platform that gives your child everything they need to prepare for grammar school exams.

Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in English, maths and reasoning. Teacher-created helpsheets and videos help them discover new concepts and consolidate their learning.

Atom's algorithm keeps children on their ideal learning path, tailored to their unique learning style and pace to keep them challenged and motivated.

Lincolnshire 11 plus practice papers

Atom Home gives children access to unlimited online practice papers. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of the real Lincolnshire 11 plus, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.

And what's more, everything is automatically marked for you.

Try Atom Home free for 5 days

Begin your child's journey to grammar school today. Use the full features of Atom Home free for 5 days – cancel anytime.

Start free trial

Personalised 11 plus support for you

We know how keen you are for your child to do well in the 11 plus, to give them every chance of securing a place at their school of choice. Our dedicated team of Education Experts are on hand to support you and your family every step of the way:

Ask us anything

We're happy to help with any questions you may have about admissions processes and helping your child prepare for entry to Lincolnshire grammar schools.

Email us

Exam prep WhatsApp groups

Why not join over 2,000 parents in our community WhatsApp groups? You’ll get access to free resources, advice and admissions updates.

Join today

Subscribe for the latest education advice

Subscribe to Atom’s mailing list and get free resources to help your child master core subjects, excel in their entrance exams and build academic confidence.

Get exclusive discounts for Atom Nucleus, invitations to parent webinars, and much more, direct to your inbox.

Subscribe now

Atom Learning Ltd. is registered and incorporated in England and Wales. Company Registration Number: 10867907 VAT number: 316903508 Copyright Atom Learning Ltd. All rights reserved.