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Spalding High School 11 plus: parents’ guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:36 PM

Spalding High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022


Spalding High School is a selective grammar school for girls (with a co-educational sixth form) that prides itself on the strong sense of community among its pupils, and the special ‘feel’ as soon as you walk through the entrance.

The school has a working relationship with local Year 4 and Year 5 pupils through its primary liaison project. Younger pupils visit Spalding High School and access specialist rooms, resources and specific subject teachers to help broaden their education.

Spalding High School performs above the local authority average and the average for schools in England in all areas measured by the Department for Education. The school was last assessed by Ofsted in 2020 and was graded ‘Outstanding’. It is one of Ofsted's best-rated 16 secondary schools in the county.

11 plus information for Spalding High School

Spalding High School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates at Spalding High School are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 18th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

11 plus admissions process for Spalding High School

Lincolnshire County Council is responsible for deciding which children to admit to Spalding HIgh School. If the number of qualifying applicants exceeds the 150 places available, the school’s Governing Body applies oversubscription criteria as per their admissions policy.

In 2020, the school had 317 applicants with 177 girls reaching the minimum score of 220 across both papers.

How and when to apply to Spalding High School

The deadline for applying for the 11 plus exam Spalding High School for September 2022 has now passed. However, parents will also need to apply for a school place on the Lincolnshire County Council website before 31st October.

The 11 plus exam format at Spalding High School

Spalding High School has not released the details of its 11 plus exams publicly, but these are likely to be consistent with the 11 plus exams at Spalding Grammar School.

The Lincolnshire 11 plus test is typically taken over two dates, with two separate papers to complete (verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning). Pupils are assessed on their vocabulary and how they can spot patterns in numbers, words and shapes. The papers typically have a time limit of 40 to 50 minutes each.

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