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Poole Grammar School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Mar 15, 2023, 2:55 PM

Poole Grammar School, Dorset

Are you considering Poole Grammar School for your son? 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 excel in the 11 plus exam.

About Poole Grammar School

Poole Grammar School was founded in 1904 and provides a selective grammar school education to boys aged 11 to 18 in Poole, Dorset. The school prides itself on its outstanding pastoral system and the excellent all-round education offered to its students. It's currently rated 'good' by Ofsted.

Boys at Poole Grammar School learn in a culture where success is celebrated and different talents are valued as part of a vibrant community. Many pupils get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award programme and enjoy a variety of sports on the school site, including football, rugby, tennis and cricket.

  • Address: Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole, Dorset, BH17 9JU

  • Local authority: Dorset Council

  • School type: boys' grammar

  • Headteacher: Amanda Smith

  • Number of pupils: 1,200+

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01202 692132

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open evening: TBC

  • 11 plus registration opens: 17th April 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 8th September 2023

  • Exam date: 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: Dorset Consortium – GL Assessment

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

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Poole Grammar School term dates

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

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 29th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Poole 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. The 11 plus exam is a challenging exam, designed to select the children working within the top 25% of their year group.

You will need to complete a test registration form to register your son for the 11 plus test. This will be available to complete on the school website between 17th April and 8th September 2023.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your son's results in the 11 plus in a letter posted by the school on 13th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority secondary application form. You must complete the form for your home local authority:

If your son has met the score necessary to be eligible for a place at Poole Grammar School, you will be able to name the school as a preference on the form. However, make sure to check the school's oversubscription criteria first; in the likely event that more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available, the school will need to apply oversubscription criteria to prioritise places.

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

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

Poole Grammar School is one of four schools within the Dorset Consortium. Children applying to any of these schools will take the same 11 plus exam in September in Year 6.

For entry in 2024, children will take three multiple-choice papers on Saturday 23rd September 2023:

  • Maths: 50 minutes

  • English: 45 minutes

  • Verbal reasoning: 50 minutes

Learn more and get free 11 plus preparation resources in our guide to the 11 plus in Dorset:

Dorset 11 plus

What is the pass mark for Poole Grammar School?

Your son's raw scores for the three papers will be standardised according to his age in years and months. This is to ensure that children born later in the school year aren't disadvantaged by being younger. The scores will then be shared with the other three schools in the Dorset Consortium.

All candidates' marks will then be ranked in order of success. There is no set pass mark, as the qualifying standard will be determined by the number of children who have taken the test, and how well the particular cohort has performed.

Achieving the qualifying score doesn't guarantee a place at the school of your choice, as schools are oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Poole Grammar School admissions criteria

Oversubscription criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for Year 7 is 180. If more children reach the standardised pass mark than there are places available, places are allocated in this order:

  1. Children who are classed as 'Looked After' or 'Previously Looked After'

  2. Children who appear to have been in state care outside of England, and have ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted

  3. Children who live within the school catchment area and who currently receive Pupil Premium

  4. Children who live within the school catchment area and do not receive Pupil Premium

  5. The sons of current members of staff, who have been employed at the school for more than two years

  6. Children who live outside the school catchment area and who receive Pupil Premium

  7. Children who live outside the school catchment area

Catchment area

The priority area, or catchment area, for Poole Grammar School covers the historic Borough of Poole and the following postcodes:

  • BH12, BH13, BH14, BH15, BH16, BH17 and BH18

  • BH21 3

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Dorset 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.

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