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

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


Lancaster Royal Grammar School, founded in the 13th century, is one of the UK’s top grammar schools and a successful state boarding school. While the main school is boys only, the sixth form has welcomed girls since 2019.

Academic results at the school are consistently strong; in 2021, 47% of all GCSEs were the top grades of 9/8 and 62% of A levels were A*/A. Pupils are encouraged to take part in an extensive co-curricular programme, with many activities financially supported by the school’s Annual Fund and some operating alongside Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School.

Lancaster Royal Grammar School prides itself on being an outstanding alternative to the independent sector; boarding is only a third of the average cost than boarding at independent schools. Ofsted has rated Lancaster Royal Grammar School as ‘outstanding’ across all categories for its boarding provision.

11 plus information for Lancaster Royal Grammar School

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

  • County: Lancashire

  • Admissions contact: Mrs E Simmill at [email protected], 01524 580629

  • School type: boys’ grammar day and boarding (co-ed sixth form)

  • Number of pupils: 1,200 (including boarders)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 156 (day) and 24 (boarding)

  • Open day: Virtual open day

  • Registration deadline for entrance test: Monday 5th September 2022

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment

Lancaster Royal Grammar School term dates

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

  • Autumn term (Michaelmas): 2nd September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October – 1st November

  • Spring term (Lent): 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 14th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

11 plus admissions process for Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Places at Lancaster Royal Grammar School are awarded to boys based on ability and aptitude. The Governors will allocate these places on the basis of the entrance tests.

Applicants must achieve a minimum level in the 11 plus test consistent with their ability to access a grammar school curriculum (normally indicated by being within the top 25% of a year group). The minimum level for the exam will be determined by the governors’ admissions committee.

Pupils will be ranked in order based on their aggregate scores across the three tests, with places offered in accordance. If there are more successful applicants than the 180 places available in Year 7, Lancaster Royal Grammar School will apply the following oversubscription criteria:

  • Category 1: Looked after or previously looked after children achieve the minimum level or above in the entrance test, or who score up to and including 15 marks below the minimum level

  • Category 2: Pupils who live within the school’s priority catchment area (see below), who are eligible for the Pupil Premium (via free school meals), and who achieve the minimum level or above in the entrance test or who score up to and including 15 marks below the minimum level

  • Category 3: Pupils who live within the school’s priority catchment area and who achieve the minimum level or above in the entrance test

What is the catchment area for Lancaster Royal Grammar School?

The priority area for day applicants to Lancaster Royal 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.

Day catchment area for Lancaster Royal Grammar School

How and when to apply to Lancaster Royal Grammar School

To enter your son for the 11 plus test at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, you will need to register for the entrance test on the school website before Monday 5th September 2022. Registration opens in April 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 son’s performance in the Lancaster Royal Grammar School 11 plus test by Wednesday 5th October. This means that you will have time to then apply for a place at the school if your son’s performance in the entrance exam was successful.

The 11 plus exam format at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Applicants will sit three 11 plus test papers, administered by GL Assessment, at Lancaster Royal 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 Royal Grammar School.

How can I help my child prepare for the Lancaster Royal 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 son should feel completely confident with the Key Stage 2 core curriculum content before he 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 son will be able to take as many mock tests as necessary to feel comfortable with the format and style of the Lancaster Royal 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 his 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 Royal Grammar School. Data-driven insights will also give you an in-depth overview of your child’s progress.

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