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Spalding Grammar School 11 plus guide

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

Spalding Grammar School, Lincolnshire

Are you considering Spalding Grammar School for your son? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about key dates, the admissions process, and how to prepare for the Lincolnshire 11 plus exam.

About Spalding Grammar School

Spalding Grammar School is a selective school for boys aged 11-18, with a mixed sixth form, in Lincolnshire. It was initially founded in 1588, situated on the upper floor of St. Thomas’s Chapel in the Paris Church, before moving to the current conservation area in 1881.

Spalding Grammar School provides a high-quality education within a stimulating environment and values the strong relationship between its staff and students, enhanced by an innovative vertical form tutor system.

  • Address: Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 2XH

  • Local authority: Lincolnshire County Council

  • School type: boys' grammar with a mixed sixth form

  • Headteacher: Steven Wilkinson

  • Number of pupils: 900+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 251

  • A level results: 68.3% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 45% A*/A/9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

Spalding Grammar School term dates

The term dates at Spalding 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

The term dates at Spalding Grammar School in 2024–2025 are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 19th December 2024

  • Half term: 21st–28th October 2024

  • Spring term: 6th January – 4th April 2025

  • Half term: 17th–21st February 2025

  • Summer term: 22nd April – 22nd July 2025

  • Half term: 26th May – 2nd June 2025

How to apply to Spalding Grammar School

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

1. Register for the 11 plus

Spalding Grammar School works with the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools to carry out the 11 plus test procedure. You will need to register directly with the school if you would like your child to take the 11 plus exam and be considered for a place.

You can register for the 11 plus online. Note that the deadline for this is Friday 24th February 2023 – this is a month earlier than most of the other grammar schools in the consortium.

2. Apply for a school place

All state secondary school places – including grammar schools – must be applied for via your local authority (LA). If you live in Lincolnshire, you will be able to apply via the Lincolnshire County Council website between 1st September and 31st October 2023. If your child lives in a different local authority, you will need to apply using the application form provided by your home LA. This will then be forwarded to Lincolnshire LA.

You will know whether your child has met the qualifying mark in the Lincolnshire 11 plus to be eligible for a place at Spalding Grammar School before the local authority deadline.

The 11 plus at Spalding Grammar School

Spalding Grammar School is a member of the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. 15 of the grammar schools in the county belong to the consortium, which means that your child will only need to take the 11 plus once if they're applying to more than one grammar school in the area.

If your child attends a Lincolnshire primary school, they will take the tests on the following dates:

  • Verbal reasoning: Saturday 16th September 2023

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

If your child does not attend a Lincolnshire primary school, they will take both tests a day early (Friday 15th and Friday 22nd September 2023 respectively).

Both papers are multiple-choice and each takes just under an hour to complete. If your child attends a Lincolnshire primary school, they will receive free 11 plus familiarisation materials in June 2023.

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

Lincolnshire 11 plus guide

What is the pass mark for Spalding Grammar School?

After your child takes the 11 plus exam, a team of independent professional markers at GL Assessment 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.

Spalding Grammar School oversubscription criteria

There are 150 places available in Year 7 at Spalding Grammar School, spread over five forms at entry. If more than 150 children who have listed Spalding Grammar School as their preferred school on the common application form meet the qualifying score in the 11 plus exam, then the school will apply oversubscription criteria.

Priority will always be given to children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school, followed by children who are 'Looked After' or 'Previously Looked After'. Once children who fit these criteria have been accepted, the planned admission number will be reduced and the remaining places allocated in the following order:

  1. Children who live in the school's designated transport area (catchment area)

  2. Children who live beyond the school's designated transport area, ranked from highest to lowest score

Spalding Grammar School catchment area

The catchment area for Spalding Grammar School is defined as the designated area for free transport. This covers the areas of Spalding, Pinchbeck, Weston, Crowland, Whaplode Drove, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Sutterton.

A map is available on the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools website.

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.

Atom Home is an adaptive 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey. They'll be able to cover all elements of 11 plus verbal and non-verbal reasoning at the pace that's right for them.

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Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of verbal and non-verbal reasoning 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 Home 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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Lincolnshire 11 plus practice papers

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

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