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Queen Mary's High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Queen Mary's High School: A Parents' Guide for 2022

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Queen Mary's High School is a girls’ grammar school situated on Upper Forster Street, just outside Walsall town centre. It is twinned with Queen Mary's Grammar School (for boys), and both are part of the Queen Mary's Schools Foundation. Queen Mary’s High School focuses on meeting the needs of every individual to support each student to achieve their best.

11 plus exam information for Queen Mary’s High School

More information on Queen Mary’s High School can be found below:

Queen Mary's High School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Queen Mary's High School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 20th – 24th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

What is the Queen Mary’s High School 11 plus exam format?

The 11 plus exam for Queen Mary’s High School follows the CEM 11 plus for the Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton Consortium of grammar schools. The entrance exam consists of two multiple choice question papers, covering a range of numeracy, literacy and problem solving skills.

CEM exams cover verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and numerical reasoning. In practice, ‘verbal reasoning’ encompasses many of the skills tested in the GL English exam, including comprehension. Likewise, ‘numerical reasoning’ involves the core maths skills needed for the GL exam. For more information, see Atom's complete guide to the 11 plus.

Queen Mary’s High School entrance exam process

The test comprises two papers of about an hour each, which assess verbal reasoning/English, non-verbal reasoning and mathematics. Admission to the school is based on performance in the test. A number of places will be allocated to Looked After/Pupil Premium children, whose scores exceed a minimum qualifying score.

How and when to apply to Queen Mary’s High School

To register for the entrance exam, parents should visit the Queen Mary’s High School admissions page on the school website. The closing date for applications is Thursday 7th June 2022 at 4pm.

How to prepare your child for the Queen Mary’s High School 11 plus exam

It’s a good idea to give your child ample time to prepare for the 11 plus exam by starting as early as possible. Parents should introduce their child to problem solving concepts in Year 4 and move towards more tailored concepts of verbal and non-verbal reasoning in Year 5 to give your child a good foundation of knowledge.

It is recommended to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the CEM exams. You can find examples of these in the familiarisation documents on the school’s website.

How we can help your child prepare for the Queen Mary’s High School 11 plus

Atom Learning has over 90,000 teacher-written practice questions and unlimited mock tests that mirror the format and structure of the Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton exam. We also offer live exam prep courses and lessons to help build their skills in a friendly, encouraging, and interactive way. You can start your 5-day free trial today to ensure your child is fully confident and prepared for the 11 plus.

To learn more about how Atom can support you and your child with 11 plus preparation during this important time, please contact our team of experts at [email protected] who will be happy to help.


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