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Sale Grammar School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:41 PM


Sale Grammar School is a co-educational selective grammar school and a member of the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium. Founded in 1991, the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in its most recent inspection and has specialist status in the Visual Arts and Science with Maths.

The school has a high reputation for pastoral care, priding itself as a ‘happy and vibrant place to be.’ With impressive exam results and leavers’ destinations, Sale Grammar School certainly creates an environment in which students are ‘equipped to lead happy and successful lives.’

11 plus information for Sale Grammar School

  • Address: Sale Grammar School, Marsland Road, Sale, Cheshire, M33 3NH

  • Admissions contact details: [email protected]

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,260

  • Number of places in Year 7: 190

  • Open day date: TBC

  • 11 plus exam date: Monday 19th September 2022

  • Exam Board type: CEM

Sale Grammar School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Sale Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 21st December

  • Half term: 21st October – 30th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th February – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

Sale Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Sale Grammar School is part of the Trafford Grammar Schools CEM Consortium (TGSCC). Parents of applicants will need to register their child with Sale Grammar School before noon on 24th June 2022. The application form will be available on the Sale Grammar School website from 9th May 2022.

Parents must also include Sale Grammar School in the ranked order of preference on their Local Authority's Common Application Form (CAF), which must be submitted by 31st October 2022.

All applicants who attain the qualifying score of 334 or above will be eligible for a Year 7 place in 2023, and an automatic review is conducted for all children who score 321 and above. This score is age-standardised to ensure that all candidates, regardless of their age at the time of the exam, are fairly assessed.

If the number of children who achieve the qualifying score exceeds the 190 places available, Sale Grammar School will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order:

  • Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children

  • Up to 15 spaces are made available for applicants who qualify for Pupil Premium

  • Applicants who reside in the priority admissions area (see below)

  • Applicants who reside outside the priority admissions area, placed in rank order by their qualifying score

Sale Grammar School catchment area

The priority admission area (catchment area) for Sale Grammar School is defined by the postcode M33 plus Trafford Authority residents within M23, WA14 and WA15.

The Sale Grammar School 11 plus exam format

Applicants taking the 11 plus exam at Sale Grammar School will take two one-hour tests in the same format as the CEM 11 plus exam.

The exam will test non-verbal, verbal and mathematical skills and consists of a mixture of standard and multiple-choice questions.

Take a look at our guide to the Trafford Grammar Schools 11 plus for more details about the 11 plus exam.

How to prepare for the Sale Grammar School 11 plus

It's best to start preparing for the 11 plus exam at Sale Grammar School as early as possible to avoid any unwanted stress and pressure on your child. Focusing on non-verbal and verbal reasoning is especially important, as your child likely will not have encountered these subjects in the school curriculum.

Familiarisation materials are available on the Sale Grammar School website, which will be useful for your child to help them feel confident ahead of the exam.

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