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

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:37 PM

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


Despite being a small school, King Edward VI School has a long and celebrated history. The school is an Academy for boys (with a co-educational sixth form) and is traditionally thought of as 'Shakespeare's School'.

King Edward VI School has an excellent reputation as one of the best grammar schools in the country, boasting high academic standards alongside a full extra-curricular program. It aims to provide a ‘secure, happy and well ordered’ space for students to grow their talents.

Whether in sports, drama, or music, the school has a lot to offer prospective students alongside their academic endeavours.

11 plus exam information for King Edward VI School

  • Address: King Edward VI School, Chapel Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BE

  • County: Warwickshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected]

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 767

  • Number of Year 7 places: 87

  • Open day: June 2022

  • 11 plus exam dates: Saturday 17th September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment

King Edward VI School term dates

King Edward VI School’s Term Dates for 2022/2023 are as follows:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 17th – 27th October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 20th – 24th February

  • Summer term: 18th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

What is the catchment area for King Edward VI School?

The Fountain in Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon acts as the point from which Priority Circles are drawn for King Edward VI School, with an inner priority circle of 13 miles. An outer priority circle is 16.885 miles to the County boundary south of Long Compton.

Evidence will be required to prove that the child is a resident within the priority circles by the deadline of 11.59pm on 31st December 2022.

King Edward VI School 11 plus admissions process

Warwickshire County Council's Admissions Service (Warwickshire Admissions) coordinates King Edward VI School’s Year 7 admissions policy on the school’s behalf. Whether a student is admitted to King Edward VI depends on their performance in the 11 plus, and is subject to the catchment area outlined above.

To apply for Year 7 admission, you will need to register for the 11 plus test by the 30th June deadline and name King Edward VI on the relevant Common Application Form to your Local Authority. Late applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Places are allocated in order of the following priorities:

  1. Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC)

  2. Looked after or previously looked after children

  3. Children in receipt of the Pupil Premium residing within the catchment area

  4. Children residing within the inner priority circle who achieve the Automatic Qualifying Score (up to 70 places)

  5. Children who live within the outer priority circle who achieve the Automatic Qualifying Score

  6. All other children

The King Edward VI School 11 plus exam format

There are two papers for King Edward VI School's 11 plus, each lasting approximately 45 minutes. The papers are separated into individually timed sections that cover:

Applicants will be given a question booklet with the test questions along with a separate answer sheet, which are processed electronically. While past papers are not published, you can find familiarisation materials on the King Edward VI School's website.

How to prepare for the King Edward VI School 11 plus

To get the best results at 11 plus, it’s important to start early, practicing regularly in small chunks of material from January through to the test date in September. This way your child will be able to slowly build up stamina towards the full length of the final 11 plus test, making the preparation more manageable and preventing it from becoming overwhelming for your child.

You can then begin to introduce online mock tests into your child’s routine to build exam techniques. Meanwhile, you will be able to get an idea of how well your child is currently performing and any areas in which might need further support.

How Atom can help your child prepare for the King Edward VI School 11 plus

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