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King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls is a state grammar school and academy for girls aged 11 to 18, located in Handsworth, Birmingham. It was founded in 1883 and is part of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI.

The school boasts a large site with excellent academic and co-curricular facilities. An extensive programme of building work has been carried out in recent years, which includes new classrooms, design & technology, sports and science facilities, and a new library.

In 2018, the Birmingham Mail ranked it as the best school in the West Midlands. All pupils consistently achieve high GCSE results with 99-100% receiving Grade 5 or higher in English and Maths.

In 2014, Ofsted rated King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls as ‘outstanding’.

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls 11 plus information

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls term dates

The term dates for King Edward VI Handsworth School in 2022–2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December 2022

  • Half term: 24th–28th October 2022

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March 2023

  • Half term: 20th–24th February 2023

  • Summer term: 17th April – 25th July 2023

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June 2023

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls 11 plus admissions process

Like other grammar schools in Birmingham, King Edward VI Handsworth School follows the admissions criteria set by the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium. Candidates are selected for entry based on their age-standardised score in the 11 plus exam. Parents should note that this does not necessarily guarantee their daughter a place at the school.

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the number of places available at the school, places are offered to children as follows:

  1. Looked After Children/Previously Looked After Children who achieve the qualifying score.

  2. Children attracting the Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score and live within the school catchment area.

  3. If fewer than 35 places (25% of the PAN) are filled by applicants in category 2, offers will be made to children attracting the Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score and live outside the catchment area.

  4. Applicants who achieve the priority score and live within the school catchment area. Applicants in this category will be given priority if they have an older sibling at the school; then ranked by distance from the school.

  5. Applicants achieving the qualifying score. Applicants in this category will be ranked by test score. Where scores are equal, priority will be given to those with a sibling at the school; then ranked by distance from the school.

For more details, take a look at the King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls admissions policy.

How and when to apply for 11 plus entry to King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

To apply for admission to King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls, parents should register their daughter with the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium. Additionally, parents must complete a Local Authority (LA) Preference Form that allows their choice of schools to be ranked in order of preference.

The application process opens in May and should be completed by the end of June.

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls entrance exam format

There are two exam papers, each of approximately 60 minutes. Papers are divided into smaller individually timed sections which test:

  1. English comprehension and verbal reasoning – 50% of total weighting

  2. Maths – 25% of total weighting – and non-verbal reasoning – 25% of total weighting.

All of the questions in the tests are multiple-choice, with children recording their answers on a separate answer sheet. The scores for each section are standardised to take into account differences in age. This ensures that younger children (i.e. those born towards the end of the school year) are not disadvantaged compared to children in the same year group who could be nearly a year older.

Find out more from our guide to the Birmingham Consortium 11 plus exam. You can also download the Birmingham Consortium familiarisation guide to help give your child a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment.

How Atom can help your daughter prepare for the King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls 11 plus entrance exam

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The 11 plus exam at King Edward VI Handsworth School assesses candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond, with tests in English reading comprehension, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. Your daughter can consolidate everything they know with Atom Nucleus, with over 90,000 teacher-created questions and helpful learning resources that span all the exam content for the 11 plus.

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Familiarisation with the question formats and known styles ahead of the exam is essential to help your child build exam confidence. An exam preparation subscription with Atom Nucleus enables your child to access quality, unlimited practice material with full score breakdowns to help your child feel confident by the time the exam day comes around.

A subscription to Atom Nucleus allows your child to take online practice tests that replicate those sat by the Birmingham Consortium:

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When working through challenging topics, your child will need immediate clarity with any misconceptions so that they feel truly secure in every topic. Atom Nucleus includes video tutorials, help sheets and examples with every question to help your child build confidence and competence across all the areas assessed.

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Celebrate your child’s improvement in areas of challenge together. An accurate and ongoing assessment of their areas of strength and development is helpful.

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