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Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith 11+ guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:23 PM

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith (Cumbria)

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.

About Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

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

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: Sue Denyer – [email protected], 01768 864621

  • Number of places in Year 7: 160

  • Open evening: 27th June 2023

  • School tours: 7th and 10th July 2023 (booking required)

  • 11 plus registration opens: 17th April 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 17th July 2023

  • Exam date: 16th September 2023

  • Exam type: GL Assessment

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

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School term dates

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

How to apply to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

1. Register for the 11 plus

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 opens on 17th April and closes on 17th July 2023. You can apply via an online form on the school website.

2. Apply for a school place

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.

What's on the QEGS Penrith 11 plus?

Children who are registered for the 11 plus will take the exam on the school site on 16th September 2023. The exam provider for QEGS Penrith is GL Assessment.

There are two papers, each 50 minutes in length. The papers consist of multiple-choice questions spanning four subjects:

  • English and maths: questions are based on the content covered in the Key Stage 2 national curriculum

  • Verbal reasoning: assesses your child's ability to connect, spot patterns with, and manipulate written information

  • Non-verbal reasoning: tests your child's ability to analyse visual information and solve problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures

What is the pass mark for Queen Elizabeth Grammar School?

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.

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School admissions criteria

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:

  1. Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care (also known as 'looked after' or 'previously looked after' children)

  2. Children with a sibling currently attending the school

  3. Up to 10 places will be allocated to children who are eligible for the pupil premium or service premium

  4. Children of current staff (if they have been employed for at least two years)

  5. Children living with the school's designated catchment area

  6. Children living outside the catchment area, with priority given to those living closest to the school

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School catchment area

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.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the QEGS Penrith 11 plus.

Cover all the content

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.

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

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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 Home 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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QEGS 11 plus practice papers

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