Feb 23, 2023, 1:41 PM
Are you considering King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about the Grammar Schools in Birmingham admissions process – and how to help your son excel in the 11 plus exam.
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School is a selective school founded in 1862. Rated Outstanding by Ofsted in every category, the school aims to provide a stimulating and educationally successful environment for pupils.
Although the oldest surviving selective school in Birmingham, it is forward-looking, helping students meet the needs of the rapidly changing world by embracing new technologies. It also strives to have a positive impact on students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Address: Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, B21 9ET
Local authority: Birmingham City Council
School type: boys' grammar
Headteacher: Simon Bird
Number of pupils: 934
National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 232
A level results: 63.9% A*–B
GCSE results: 57.8% 9/8/7
Admissions contact: online contact form
Number of places in Year 7: 150
11 plus registration opens: 9th May 2023
11 plus registration closes: 30th June 2023
Open day: September 2023 and virtual tour
Exam date: 16th September 2023
Exam type: Birmingham entrance test
Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023
National school offer day: 1st March 2024
The 2023–2024 term dates at King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys are:
Autumn term: 4th September – 22nd December 2023
Half term: 30th October – 3rd November 2023
Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 8th April – 22nd July 2024
Half term: 27th–31st May 2024
Handsworth Grammar School for Boys shares a testing process with the seven other grammar schools in Birmingham, as well as the grammar schools in Warwickshire, Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton. You only need to register once to apply to any grammar schools across these areas.
Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.
When your child is in Year 5, register them for the 11 plus on the West Midlands Grammar Schools portal. Registration opens at 9am on 9th May 2023 and closes at 4pm on 30th June 2023.
Once your child has taken the exam, you will get their results on 20th October 2023. If your child achieves the qualifying score, you can include grammar schools on your local authority application form.
Before listing Handsworth Grammar School for Boys as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, how close you live to a school is an important factor in whether your child is likely to be offered a place.
The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.
The 11 plus exam for Handsworth Grammar School for Boys takes place on 16th September 2023.
The West Midlands 11 plus test is provided by GL Assessment. It consists of two papers, each lasting about 60 minutes. A few minutes are allocated at the start of each paper for children to listen to instructions and complete some unmarked practice questions.
Both papers are divided into smaller, individually-timed sections that assess:
The test is entirely multiple-choice format, with no writing sections. Children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically.
The maths and English questions assess your child's understanding of Key Stage 2 national curriculum content, including Year 6 objectives. It tests their ability to reason and apply knowledge accurately.
The reasoning questions assess your child’s logic and problem-solving ability. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not typically taught at school. They are intended to measure how well children can spot patterns with, connect and manipulate written and visual information.
Learn more detail about each paper, and get free preparation resources, in our full 11 plus guide:
Priority score: Children who score 224 or above are prioritised for a place.
Qualifying score: In 2022 and 2023, 205 was the minimum score at which a child could be considered for a place at a Birmingham grammar school.
Cut-off score: In 2022, the cut-off score was 211. This was the lowest score achieved by a child who was offered a place, which came under admissions category 5 (see below).
Scores from recent years above can be used as a guide only. Achieving the qualifying score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it's likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools.
After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across all papers. These total scores are ranked in order, and oversubscription criteria are applied.
The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 150. When more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available (highly likely), places are offered in this order:
Looked-After or previously Looked-After Children who achieve the qualifying score, ranked by test score and then by distance from the school.
Children who get free school meals, achieve the qualifying score, and live in the catchment area, ranked by distance from the school.
If fewer than 38 places are filled by children in category 2, places are offered to children who get free school meals, achieve the qualifying score and live outside the catchment area.
Children who achieve the priority score and live in the catchment area. Prioritised if they have a sibling at the school, then ranked by distance from the school.
Children who achieve the qualifying score, ranked by test score. Where scores are equal, priority is given to children with a sibling at the school, then ranked by distance from the school.
The catchment area consists of home addresses that are in these electoral wards:
Birmingham: Birchfield, Edgbaston, Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Holyhead, Kingstanding, Ladywood, Lozells, Newtown, North Edgbaston, Oscott, Perry Barr, Soho & Jewellery Quarter.
Sandwell: Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, St Paul’s, West Bromwich Central.
Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Birmingham 11 plus.
The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.
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.
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Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of 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.
Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Nucleus 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.
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Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in English, maths, verbal and non-verbal 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.
Atom Nucleus gives children access to online practice papers. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of the real Handsworth Grammar School exam, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.
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