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The King's School Grantham 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:32 PM

The King's School, Grantham (Lincolnshire)

Are you considering The King's School in Grantham 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 The King's School, Grantham

The King’s School is a selective grammar school in Grantham for boys aged 11 to 18. It has an illustrious history; it was founded in 1529 and attended by Sir Isaac Newton from 1655 to 1660, who went on to become a central figure in the scientific revolution of the 17th century.

The school strives for high academic standards with the provision of a broad education. Students are encouraged to be lifelong learners, with emphasis placed on the importance of work, self-discipline, behaviour and personal achievement.

The King's School, Grantham is the highest-performing state secondary school in Lincolnshire.

  • Address: The King’s School, Brook Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6RP

  • Local authority: Lincolnshire County Council

  • School type: boys' grammar

  • Headteacher: Simon Pickett

  • Number of pupils: 1,100+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 125

  • A level results: 77.7% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 62.7% A*/A/9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: Louise Bremner – [email protected], 01476 563180

  • Number of places in Year 7: 174

  • Open day date: 26th June 2023, 6pm–8.30pm

  • 11 plus registration opens: 9th January 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 31st March 2023

  • Exam date: 16th and 23rd September 2023

  • Exam type: Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools: GL Assessment

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

The King's School, Grantham term dates

The term dates at The King's 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: 15th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to The King's School, Grantham

If you would like your son to be considered for a place at The King's School, you will need to register for him to take the 11 plus exam and apply for a school place separately.

1. Register for the 11 plus

The King's 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 your son directly on the school website. This must be completed by 31st March 2023.

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 The King's School before the local authority deadline.

The 11 plus at The King's School, Grantham

The King's 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.

Your child will take two tests on separate days on the school site:

  • Saturday 16th September 2023: verbal reasoning

  • Saturday 23rd September 2023: non-verbal and spatial reasoning

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 The King's School, Grantham?

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, out of a maximum score of 282, 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 and achieving a score of at least 220 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. The lowest score offered a place for entry in 2022 was 234, excluding places allocated using other admissions criteria (see below).

The King's School oversubscription criteria

There are 174 places available in Year 7 at The King's School. If the number of applications from children who achieve the qualifying score of 220 or more exceeds the number of places available, then the school will offer places in the following order of priority:

  1. 'Looked after' and 'previously looked after' children who have achieved the minimum standardised qualifying score

  2. Children who are eligible for the full Pupil Premium achieve the qualifying score, by rank order of standardised score. There are up to 20 places available for children who fall within this category

  3. Children who have achieved above the qualifying standard and live within 30 miles of the school (measured by a straight line distance) at the time of application. Places in this category are prioritised according to the rank order of standardised score

  4. All remaining places are then awarded to other children who have qualified for entry in rank standardised score order

The King's School catchment area

There is no defined catchment area at The King's School. However, children who live within 30 miles of the school are prioritised in the school's oversubscription criteria.

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

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