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Loreto Grammar School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Feb 20, 2023, 3:20 PM

Loreto Grammar School 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering Loreto Grammar School for your child? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about key dates, the admissions process, and how to prepare for the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus exam.

About Loreto Grammar School

Established in 1909, Loreto Grammar School is a selective Catholic school for girls. Both ‘rooted in tradition’ and ‘forward thinking’, the school aspires to nurture young Catholic women who are ‘alive to the needs of humanity and committed to making a better world’. Loreto Grammar also achieves brilliant academic results at GCSE and A level as well as the International Baccelaureate.

  • Address: Dunham Road, Altrincham, WA14 4AH

  • Local authority: Trafford Council

  • School type: girls' grammar

  • Headteacher: Jane Beever

  • Number of pupils: 1,071

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 61

  • A level results: 84.4% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 75.4% 9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day: 1st July 2023, morning

  • 11 plus registration opens: 1st July 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 31st July 2023

  • Exam date: 22nd September 2023

  • Exam type: school's own and GL Assessment

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Loreto Grammar School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Loreto Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 22nd December 2023

  • Half term: 20th–29th October 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 9th–19th February 2024

  • Summer term: 8th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 25th May – 3rd June 2024

How to apply to Loreto Grammar School

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

While your child is in Year 5, register them to take the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus exam on the school website. Registration opens on 1st July and closes on 31st July.

The other grammar schools in Trafford use a different 11 plus test so if you are considering those schools too you'll need to register separately. Most of the other local grammar schools belong to the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium – learn more here.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the exam, you will get their results on or before 20th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form. Before listing Loreto Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus exam?

The 11 plus exam for Loreto Grammar School takes place on the morning of Friday 22nd September 2023. It includes three elements, each in multiple-choice format:

  • English

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Maths

Loreto Grammar School creates its own test papers for maths, and uses papers provided by GL Assessment for verbal reasoning and English.

The maths and English questions assess your child's understanding of Key Stage 2 national curriculum content and test their ability to reason and apply knowledge accurately.

The verbal reasoning questions are designed to test your child’s logic and problem-solving ability. This subject is not typically taught at school. It measures how well children can spot patterns with, connect and manipulate written information.

Learn about each subject in more detail and get free preparation resources:

11 plus exam guide
  • What is the pass mark for Loreto Grammar School?

Loreto Grammar School does not name a specific pass mark or qualifying score. After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across both papers. Children's total standardised scores are ranked in order and admissions criteria are applied to determine who to offer a place.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Loreto Grammar School admissions criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 150. Girls with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) that names Loreto Grammar School are admitted first. Then, places are allocated in this order:

  1. Baptised Roman Catholic girls who are Looked After, previously Looked After, or internationally Looked After.

  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 the Local Pastoral Area.

  4. Other Baptised Roman Catholic girls.

  5. Other Looked After and previously Looked After girls.

  6. Baptised girls of other denominations.

  7. Other girls.

If any of these categories are oversubscribed, girls who receive free school meals are prioritised, followed by girls who achieved the highest marks in the entrance exam, then girls who live closest to the school.

Loreto Grammar School Local Pastoral Areas

Saint Ambrose Deanery (Diocese of Shrewsbury):

  • St Hugh and St John, West Timperley

  • St Vincent de Paul’s, Altrincham

  • All Saints, Ashton-on-Mersey

  • St Margaret Ward, Sale

  • St Joseph’s, Sale

  • Holy Angels, Hale Barns

  • Our Lady of Lourdes, Partington

  • Holy Family, Sale Moor

Associated primary schools:

  • St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School

  • St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School

  • All Saints Catholic Primary School

  • St Margaret Ward Catholic Primary School

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School

  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

  • Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Our Lady’s Deanery (Diocese of Salford):

  • St Alphonsus, Old Trafford

  • St Ann’s, Stretford

  • English Martyrs, Urmston

  • St Hugh of Lincoln, Stretford

  • Our Lady and the English Martyrs’, Davyhulme/Urmston

  • St Monica’s, Flixton

  • St John’s and St Teresa’s, Firswood/Chorlton

Associated primary schools:

  • St Alphonsus RC Primary School

  • St Ann’s RC Primary School

  • English Martyrs’ RC Primary School

  • St Hugh of Lincoln RC Primary School

  • Our Lady of the Rosary RC Primary School

  • St Monica’s RC Primary School

  • St Teresa’s RC Primary School

  • St John’s RC Primary School

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

Atom Nucleus is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of the Loreto Grammar School 11 plus at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Nucleus offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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Loreto Grammar School 11 plus practice papers

Atom Nucleus gives children access to online practice papers. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of the real Loreto Grammar School 11 plus, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.

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