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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Alford 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Alford 11 plus: a parents’ guide for 2022

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Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford is a co-educational grammar school established in 1566.

The school was formerly a Business & Enterprise College and students are encouraged to set up their own businesses and trade in school (with a venture fund to support them). The school also provides an extensive range of extra-curricular activities, including a biannual World Challenge Expedition (held in Ecuador in 2020), the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a bespoke Leadership Award Scheme.

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford has a school motto that translates as ‘One heart, one way.’ It is rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

11 plus information for Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford

  • Address: Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Station Road, Alford, Lincolnshire LN13 9HY

  • County: Lincolnshire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01507 462403

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 540

  • Number of places in Year 7: 84

  • Open day: October. Visits from parents and prospective students are welcomed at other times by appointment.

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September 2022

  • Exam board: GL Assessment (Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools)

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford term dates

The term dates for Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford in 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 18th April – 21st July (TBC)

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Admissions process for 11 plus at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford

The Governing Body is the admission authority for Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford.

Students are selected through 11 plus testing in Year 6. The school’s Year 7 intake of 84 students is drawn from those in approximately the top 25% of ability range of the relevant age group. Pupils sit the 11 plus exams at their own primary schools in September.

Pupils living in the areas of Alford, Huttoft, Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea, Theddlethorpe, Willoughby and Withern are given preference and generally comprise approximately half of the pupils in each year group. Other pupils choose to come to the school from an area including Grimsby, Horncastle, Louth, Skegness, Spilsby and beyond.

How and when to apply to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford

The deadline for the 11 plus exam for entry to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford has now passed. However, you will also need to apply for a school place on the Lincolnshire County Council website before 31st October.

The 11 plus exam format at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford

There are two 11 plus papers, on two separate dates, for entry to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford. Candidates will take these papers at their own primary school and they will be taken over two separate dates in September.

Practice papers for verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning tests will be made available to Lincolnshire feeder primary schools in June. These are representative of the actual tests, but not identical.

How to prepare for the 11 plus at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford

The most effective way to prepare for the 11 plus is by starting early and breaking down the different sections of the test into smaller, manageable parts. Encourage your child to get familiar with the different exercises, celebrate their progress, and work with them to improve any weaker areas. It’s also a good idea to prepare your child for exam day as this gets closer, with online mock tests to help them practise time management.

Your child may encounter different questions on the 11 plus to the ones they’re used to from school, so it’s vital to introduce them to sample questions and familiarisation materials that use the same format as the Lincolnshire 11 plus. Some free 11 plus exercises are available online, but these won’t all be in the same style as the Lincolnshire 11 plus, so make sure you’re choosing ones that will give your child an accurate idea of what to expect.

The Head of Lower School at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Alford visits children in the familiar surroundings of their primary school in advance of the 11 plus exams to offer reassurance and address any concerns.

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