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Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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Lancaster Girls' Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022


Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School was founded in 1907 at the Storey Institute with 73 girls. It has a record of high achievement – in 2021, the school was ranked the 39th most successful state school nationally in the Sunday Times Parent Power table and the only state school in the county of Lancashire to be in the top 50. For this reason, the school is heavily oversubscribed.

Pupils study a broad curriculum, with all Year 7 pupils studying three Modern Foreign Languages. Girls are encouraged to develop resilience and be challenged; there is no gender stereotyping, evident in the fact that Maths, Biology and Chemistry are the most popular subjects taken at A level.

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School has consistently been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

11 plus information for Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

  • Address: Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Regent Street, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1SF

  • County: Lancashire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01524 581661

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,000

  • Number of places in Year 7: 140

  • Open day: Tuesday 5th July 2022, 5.30pm–7.45pm

  • Registration deadline for entrance test: Friday 9th September 2022 at noon

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School term dates

Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School’s term dates for 2022–23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 20th December

  • Half term: 24th October – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 20th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

11 plus admissions process for Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

Admission to Year 7 at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School is based entirely on academic ability, demonstrated in the 11 plus entrance test. Places are determined by the child’s performance compared to other applicants. Pupils who receive the ‘required standard’ (i.e. the pass mark) will be eligible for entry. This required standard is only set once applicants have set the test.

If there are more than successful applicants than the 140 places available in Year 7, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School will apply the following oversubscription criteria:

  1. Applicants who permanently live in one of the 39 districts within the city of Lancaster (see map below) at the time of application and are looked after children, previously looked after children, or internationally adopted previously looked after children

  2. Applicants who permanently live in one of the 39 districts within the city of Lancaster at the time of application and are eligible for the Pupil Premium

  3. Applicants who permanently live in one of the 39 districts within the city of Lancaster

  4. All other applicants who live outside of the city of Lancaster who achieve the required standard

What is the catchment area for Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School?

The priority area for applicants to Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School is the city of Lancaster, which comprises 39 districts. These are Silverdale; Yealand Redmayne; Whittington; Burrow with Burrow; Leck; Yealand Conyers; Priest Hutton; Tunstall; Ireby; Warton; Borwick; Arkholme with Cawood; Cantsfield; Carnforth; Over Kellet; Gressingham; Hornby with Farleton; Melling with Wrayton; Wennington; Slyne with Hest; Nether Kellet; Halton with Aughton; Claughton; Wray with Botton; Tatham; Morecambe and Heysham; Heaton with Oxcliffe; Lancaster; Quernmore; Caton with Littledale; Roeburndale; Middleton; Overton; Ashton with Stodday; Scotforth; Thurnham; Ellel; Over Wyresdale and Cockerham.

Catchment area for Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

How and when to apply to Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

To enter your daughter for the 11 plus test at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, you will need to register for the entrance test on the school website before noon on Friday 9th September 2022. Registration opens on Wednesday 18th May 2022.

You will also need to complete the Common Application Form for your local authority to apply for a place at the school. For Year 7 places in 2023, this will open on 1st September 2022 and must be submitted by 31st October 2022. Residents within the county of Lancashire can register for a school place here.

Parents will receive notification of their daughter’s performance in the Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School 11 plus test by Thursday 6th October. This means that you will have time to then apply for a place at the school if your daughter’s performance in the entrance exam was successful.

The 11 plus exam format at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

Applicants will sit three 11 plus test papers, administered by GL Assessment, at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School on Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Mathematics: 50 minutes. Questions are aligned with the Year 5 maths national curriculum and cover number, measurement, data, algebra and geometry.

  • English: 45 minutes. Children will be assessed on their level of reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • Verbal reasoning: 45 minutes. Children are assessed on their ability to manipulate, connect and spot patterns with verbal information. There are 21 different types of verbal reasoning questions in GL exams so it is helpful to familiarise your child with these well in advance of the exam.

The marks in each paper will be combined to determine an overall score. Note that non-verbal reasoning is not tested at Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

How can I help my child prepare for the Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School 11 plus?

Start early. We suggest beginning the 11 plus preparation journey at the end of Year 4 or the beginning of Year 5. Your daughter should feel completely confident with the Key Stage 2 core curriculum content before she begins targeted exam preparation. Having a solid understanding of the content will help boost confidence and subject mastery ahead of the exam.

Friendly familiarisation. The 11 plus exam will contain question styles that your child has likely not come across before – particularly in verbal reasoning. With Atom’s Exam Preparation Plus package, your daughter will be able to take as many mock tests as necessary to feel comfortable with the format and style of the Lancaster Girls' Grammar School 11 plus exam.

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Read widely. Both the 11 plus English and verbal reasoning papers will require your child to have an excellent understanding of the English language. Reading widely across traditional and contemporary texts will support her exam preparation. Find free resources to help your child engage with reading here.

Focus on their needs. Tailor your child’s exam practice to their specific needs to help them stay on track. Atom’s adaptive learning algorithm personalises your child’s learning journey to help them master all the content required to achieve entry to Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School. Data-driven insights will also give you an in-depth overview of your child’s progress.

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