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Skipton Girls' High School 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:27 PM

Skipton Girls’ High School 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering Skipton Girls’ High School for your child? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about the grammar school admissions process in North Yorkshire and how to help your child excel in the 11 plus exam.

About Skipton Girls’ High School

Skipton Girls’ High School is a grammar school in North Yorkshire, serving the local community and surrounding districts which cross into Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Recognised as Outstanding by Ofsted twice in a row, it has been particularly praised for its promotion of spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding.

The school aims to provide young women with an 'innovative, dynamic and academic learning environment which is not constrained by gender stereotypes or a fixed mindset'. Its grounds consist of traditional buildings alongside a new £1.8 million STEM centre.

  • Address: Gargrave Road, Skipton, BD23 1QL

  • Local authority: North Yorkshire County Council

  • School type: girls' grammar

  • Headteacher: Martha Featherstone

  • Number of pupils: 880

  • A level results: 71.5% A*–B

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 116

  • 11 plus registration opens: 1st May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 23rd August 2023

  • Open day: 13th July 2023

  • Exam date: 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: GL Assessment

  • Local authority application form deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Skipton Girls’ High School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Skipton Girls’ High School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 22nd December 2023

  • Half term: 27th October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 8th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Skipton Girls’ High School

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

While your child is in Year 5, register them for the 11 plus test on the school website. Registration opens on 1st May and closes on 23rd August 2023.

After you have registered, in September the school will post your daughter's exam registration card to you.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the exam, the school will send their results to you by 9th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Skipton Girls’ High School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Skipton Girls’ High School 11 plus exam?

The 11 plus exam for Skipton Girls’ High School takes place on 23rd September 2023, when your child has just started Year 6.

Girls applying to Skipton Girls' High School take three test papers. All are multiple-choice and produced by GL Assessment.

Skipton Girls' High School will publish further details about the 11 plus test on the school admissions page in mid-March 2023.

Learn about each subject in depth and get free preparation resources in our full guide to the 11 plus:

11+ preparation guide

What is the pass mark for Skipton Girls' High School?

There is no formal 11 plus pass mark for Skipton High School. The school has a planned admission number (PAN) of 116.

After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across all papers. The total scores are ranked in order. The 116 children with the highest scores will be eligible for a place.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it may be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools and looking at their oversubscription criteria.

Skipton Girls' High School admissions criteria

Of the children who achieve the top scores in the entrance test, those with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names Skipton Girls' High School will be prioritised for places. After this, priority is given in this order:

  1. Looked After and previously Looked After children.

  2. Children who get free school meals or who have been registered for free school meals within the last 6 years.

  3. Children living in the school's priority area.

  4. Children living outside the school's priority area.

If there are not enough places for all girls in the groups above, girls are prioritised based on how close they live to the school. Distances are measured in a straight line from the child's home address to the main school entrance on Gargrave Road.

Skipton Girls' High School catchment area

Skipton Girls’ High School has a priority area which consists of the Craven area of North Yorkshire. A map of the priority area is available in the appendix of the school’s admissions policy.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for Skipton Girls’ High School 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

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.

Atom Nucleus is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of Skipton Girls’ High School 11 plus at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Nucleus offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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Atom Nucleus is the award-winning online 11 plus practice platform that gives your child everything they need to prepare for grammar school exams.

Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in verbal reasoning, English and maths. Teacher-created helpsheets and videos help them discover new concepts and consolidate their learning.

Atom's algorithm keeps children on their ideal learning path, tailored to their unique learning style and pace to keep them challenged and motivated.

Skipton Girls’ High School 11 plus practice papers

Atom Nucleus gives children access to online practice papers. Our online tests are designed to mirror the format and style of the real Skipton Girls’ 11 plus, so your child will go into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.

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