Mar 2, 2023, 5:12 PM
Are you considering Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith for your child? We've collated all the information you need to know about entry to Year 7 in 2024. Keep reading to find out key admission dates, the content of the 11 plus exam and how to help your child excel.
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS) is a selective secondary school in Penrith, Cumbria for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. It was established in 1564 by a royal charter and originally set up by Sir Thomas Smith, the dean of Carlisle, who wished to create a school dedicated to teaching Greek and Latin. QEGS is the only grammar school in Cumbria and the northernmost grammar school in England.
Pupils at QEGS learn within a disciplined environment with high regard for the community, honesty and mutual respect. While tradition remains at the core of the school's ethos, teachers make use of the latest technology and the school is constantly innovating to include new learning resources and pedagogy.
Academic outcomes at both GCSE and A level are consistently above the national average and school is rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.
Address: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Ullswater Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7EG
Local authority: Cumbria County Council
School type: mixed grammar
Headteacher: David Marchant
Number of pupils: 1,000+
National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 183
A level results: 75.4% A*–B
GCSE results: 49.5% 9/8/7
Admissions contact: Sue Denyer – [email protected], 01768 864621
Number of places in Year 7: 160
Open evening: June 2023
11 plus registration opens: 1st May 2023
11 plus registration closes: 17th July 2023
Exam date: mid-September 2023
Exam type: TBC
Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023
National school offer day: 1st March 2024
The 2023–2024 term dates at QEGS Penrith are:
Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December 2023
Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
Half term: 27th–31st May 2024
QEGS Penrith is an academically-selective school. This means that children applying for Year 7 entry will need to take the 11 plus to be considered for a place.
The 11 plus is a challenging exam designed to select children working within the top academic ability range for their year group. Before registering for the exam, speak to your child's teacher to see if the 11 plus and a grammar school education is right for them.
Registration for the 11 plus at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School will open in May 2023 and close on 17th July 2023. You will be able to apply via an online form on the school website.
You will receive your child's results in the 11 plus in mid-October 2023. You can use the results to decide whether to name QEGS Penrith as a preferred school on your common application form.
The common application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023. The form needs to be completed for your home local authority – i.e. if you live in Cumbria you will need to complete the form on the Cumbria County Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.
Children who are registered for the 11 plus will take the exam on the school site on a Saturday in mid-September 2024. Children will take two test papers, consisting of multiple-choice questions spanning three subjects:
Maths: questions will be based on the content covered in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum
Verbal reasoning: questions will assess your child's ability to connect, spot patterns with, and manipulate written information
Non-verbal reasoning: your child will be tested on their ability to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures
Your child's marks in each of the three subjects will be added together and combined to create an aggregate score. In order to reach the required standard for entry to the school, your child will need to achieve a minimum score in each of the areas and achieve a minimum overall score.
The pass mark for QEGS Penrith will not be set until after the exam, as it depends on the performance of the year group as a whole.
There are 160 places available in Year 7 at QEGS Penrith. Children who have reached the required standard and who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be admitted, as will the 32 children who achieved the highest ranked aggregate scores in the exam. The remaining places will then be reduced accordingly.
If the number of children who have met the required standard exceeds the number of available places, the school will apply oversubscription criteria to prioritise places:
Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care (also known as 'looked after' or 'previously looked after' children)
Children with a sibling currently attending the school
Up to 10 places will be allocated to children who are eligible for the pupil premium or service premium
Children of current staff (if they have been employed for at least two years)
Children living with the school's designated catchment area
Children living outside the catchment area, with priority given to those living closest to the school
The catchment area for Queen Elizabeth Grammar School covers Penrith and the surrounding areas. It extends to Scale Houses in the north, Kirkland in the east, Hartsop in the south and Mosedale in the west.
A map is included in the school admission policy.
Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the QEGS Penrith 11 plus.
The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 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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