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Loreto Grammar School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:40 PM

Loreto Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022


Established in 1909, Loreto Grammar School is a selective Catholic school for girls. The school prides itself on upholding the values of justice, sincerity, truth, freedom, joy, excellence and internationality. Both ‘rooted in tradition’ and ‘forward thinking’, Loreto Grammar School aspires to nurture young Catholic women who are ‘alive to the needs of humanity and committed to making a better world’.

Loreto Grammar School also achieves brilliant academic results at GCSE and A level as well as the IB.

11 plus information for Loreto Grammar School

  • Address: Loreto Grammar School, Dunham Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4AH

  • Admissions contact details: [email protected]

  • School type: Catholic girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,050

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day date: Saturday 25th June 2022

  • 11 plus exam date: Friday 23rd September 2022

  • Exam board type: GL Assessment and an individual paper set by the school

Loreto Grammar School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Loreto Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th February – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Loreto Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Parents wishing to register their child for entry to Loreto Grammar School will need to register directly with the school and send their child's Baptismal certificate by the 31st July. The open date for applications is from the date of the open day (25th June 2022).

Admission is subject to a set of admissions' categories, which form a priority order when there are more applications than the number of places available. In each of the categories below, it is required that the children must have passed the 11 plus exam.

If a child has an EHC plan or a statement of special educational needs which names Loreto Grammar School, and the child has passed the 11 plus exam, then the school will admit the child and reduce the number of available places accordingly.

The Admissions categories are:

  1. Baptised Roman Catholic ‘looked after girls’, Baptised Roman Catholic ‘previously looked after girls’ and International Baptised Roman Catholic ‘looked after girls’.

  2. Baptised Roman Catholic girls who have sisters in the school at the time of admission.

  3. Baptised Roman Catholic girls who attend an associated Primary School and live in a nominated Local Pastoral Area.

  4. Other Baptised Roman Catholic girls.

  5. Other ‘looked after girls’ and ‘previously looked after girls’.

  6. Baptised girls of other denominations.

  7. Other girls.

Candidates will sit the 11 plus exam (which is administered by GL Assessments) on Friday 23rd September 2022. Entrance is on the condition that applicants achieve a qualifying score – there is no minimum number of marks specified for this. The results are age-standardised.

The Loreto Grammar School 11 plus exam format

There are three papers included in the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus. These include a mixture of standard and multiple-choice questions.

  1. Maths (45 minutes): written by Loreto Grammar School. The content is similar to a KS2 SATs maths paper.

  2. English (45 minutes): set by GL Assessments.

  3. Verbal reasoning (50 minutes): set by GL Assessments.

Familiarisation materials for the exams are available on Loreto Grammar School's website (for 2022 applications).

How to prepare for the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus

Get ahead and start preparing for the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus as early as possible to avoid unnecessary stress and pressure on your child. We also suggest introducing your child to verbal reasoning early, as this will likely not be covered in the curriculum at your daughter's primary school.

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