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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle 11+ guide

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

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle (Lincolnshire)

Are you considering Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Horncastle for your child's secondary education? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Year 7 entry in 2024, including how to apply, what's on the 11 plus exam and tips to help your child prepare.

About Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle is a selective school for boys and girls aged 11–18 and a founding member of the Horncastle Education Trust. The school has existed since at least 1327 and was originally boys' only, but has welcomed girls since 1908. Children attend the school from Horncastle and its surrounding areas, including Wragby, Bardney, Woodhall Spa, the Wolds, towards Boston and the RAF base at Coningsby.

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

  • Local authority: Lincolnshire County Council

  • School type: mixed grammar

  • Headteacher: Simon Furness

  • Number of pupils: 800+

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01507 522465

  • Number of places in Year 7: 120

  • Open day date: early autumn (TBC for 2023)

  • 11 plus registration opens: January 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 31st March 2023

  • Exam date: 16th and 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools: GL Assessment

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

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle term dates

The term dates at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 20th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 16th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle

If you would like your child to be considered for a place at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, you will need to register for them to take the 11 plus exam and apply for a school place separately:

  • Register for the 11 plus: you will need to register for your child to take the Lincolnshire 11 plus exam via the Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School website. The deadline for this is 31st March 2023.

  • Apply for a school place: you will need to submit your local authority common application form (CAF) and name Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School as your preferred school of choice. If you're applying from within Lincolnshire, you will be able to complete this form on the Lincolnshire County Council website between 1st September and 31st October 2023.

The 11 plus at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle

The 11 plus exam for entry to Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School is spread out over two dates in September. 15 of the grammar schools in Lincolnshire take the same exam, so your child will only need to take these papers once if they're applying to more than one grammar school in the area. Both exams are taken on the school site on the following dates:

  • Verbal reasoning: Saturday 16th September 2023 at 9am

  • Non-verbal/spatial reasoning: Saturday 23rd September 2023 at 9am

Both tests are multiple-choice. If your child attends a primary school in Lincolnshire, they will receive free 11 plus familiarisation materials (sent to their school) in June 2023.

Find out more about the content of the exam in our guide to the Lincolnshire 11 plus and access free resources to help your child prepare.

Lincolnshire 11 plus guide

What is the pass mark for Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Horncastle?

After your child takes the 11 plus exam, a team of independent professional markers will double-mark and check the papers. Some scores will be age-standardised and then the results for the school will be ranked in order.

The qualifying level (pass mark) is a total standardised score of at least 220 on both papers. Children who meet and exceed this pass mark are normally working within the top 25% of their cohort.

The results of the exam will be emailed to you on Friday 13th October 2023. However, passing the 11 plus does not guarantee that your child will receive a place at the school, as more children normally qualify for a place than there are places available. See more information about this below.

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School oversubscription criteria

There are 120 places available in Year 7 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School. If the number of children who meet the qualifying score exceeds 120, the school will apply oversubscription criteria to decide which children should be offered places. This will be applied in the following order:

  1. Looked After and previously Looked After children

  2. Children who are eligible for Pupil Premium or the service premium

  3. Children whose permanent address is within the school's designated area for free transport, with priority given to the order of their total scores in the 11 plus

  4. Children from all other areas, with priority given to the order of their total scores in the 11 plus

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School catchment area

The catchment area for Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School is the same designated area for free transport. This covers the local towns of Horncastle, Wragby, Bardney, Stixwould, Woodhall Spa, Coningsby, Tetford and Somersby. A map showing the area is available on the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools website.

Your child needs to have been living within the school's designated area for free transport since at least 1st January in Year 5 to be considered as living within the catchment area.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

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

Cover all the content

The Lincolnshire 11 plus assesses a variety of skills in verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Neither of these subjects is taught on the school curriculum.

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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Lincolnshire 11 plus practice papers

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