Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle is a co-educational grammar school that has existed since at least 1327 and is in possession of a Royal Charter. It welcomes pupils from Horncastle and its surrounding areas, including Wragby, Bardney, Woodhall Spa, the Wolds, towards Boston and the RAF base at Coningsby.
The school was originally boys’ only but girls were admitted when the school relocated in 1908. Since then, Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School has expanded with both land and buildings and is a founding member of the Horncastle Education Trust.
The school specialises in science and foreign languages and is partnered with Banovallum School (also in Horncastle) with the aim of establishing Horncastle as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ for science education.
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, making it one of the top 16 secondary schools in the county.
Address: Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, West Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5AD
Admissions contact: [email protected], 01507 522465
School type: co-educational grammar
Number of pupils: 800
Number of places in Year 7: 120
Open day: Early autumn. The exact date will be shared with local primary schools, the local media and via the school’s social media channels.
11 plus exam date: Saturday 17th and Saturday 24th September 2022
The term dates for Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle 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
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle is responsible for its own admissions arrangements and works closely with Lincolnshire County Council (the Local Authority), which holds details on all the dates and procedures.
Students who wish to join Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle in Year 7 must achieve the minimum standard score in the 11 plus selection tests, which are set and standardised on behalf of the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools.
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle will admit 120 pupils who are in the top 25% of the ability range. If the number of successful candidates exceeds 120, the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order:
Looked after and previously looked after children
Children who are eligible for pupil premium or the service premium
Children whose permanent address is within the school’s designated area for free transport (priority within this category is given to the order of their total scores in the entrance test)
Eligible children from all other ares, with priority given to the order of the test scores
The deadline for the 11 plus exam for entry to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle has now passed. However, you will also need to apply for a school place on the Lincolnshire County Council website before 31st October.
As with the other schools in the Lincolnshire Grammar Schools Consortium, applicants to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle will take two 11 plus tests on separate dates in September:
Verbal reasoning test. Take a look at our complete guide to 11 plus verbal reasoning
Non-verbal reasoning test. Take a look at our complete guide to 11 plus non-verbal reasoning
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.
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.
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