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Upton Hall School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Upton Hall School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022


Hall School, also known as Upton Hall School FCJ (the Faithful Companions of Jesus) is a girls’ Roman Catholic grammar school in Merseyside. The school was founded over 150 years ago by Marie Madeleine, whose aim was to provide education for the poor and ensure that educational opportunities for girls were equal to those available to boys.

The school is one of five schools in England and Jersey which comprise the FCJ Educational Trust – a collection of schools which operate within the teachings, tenets and practices of the Catholic Church. Upton Hall School has six key values: excellence, companionship, dignity, justice, hope and gentleness.

Upton Hall School has full International School status in recognition of the work that is undertaken to ensure that girls appreciate global societies. It is judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

11 plus information for Upton Hall School

  • Address: Upton Hall School FCJ, Upton, Wirral, CH49 6LJ

  • County: Merseyside

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01516 777696

  • School type: Girls’ Catholic grammar

  • Number of pupils: 970

  • Number of places in Year 7:

  • Open day date: 23rd June 2022, 5.30–8.00pm and 15th September 2022, 5.30–8.00pm

  • 11 plus exam dates: Wednesday 21st September 2022

  • Exam board type: GL Assessment

Upton Hall School term dates

The term dates for Upton Hall School in 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 20th December

  • Half term: 24th – 31st October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 17th – 24th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 20th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 5th June

Admissions process for Upton Hall School

The Academy Trust is the Admissions Authority for Upton Hall School and is responsible for decisions on admissions to the school. The coordination of admission arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority. In 2023, there is capacity for 156 pupils in Year 7.

Girls who have achieved 236 or above in the 11 plus exam will be eligible for a place at the school. If there are more than 156 girls who achieve this score, places will be offered in accordance with the school’s oversubscription criteria:

  1. Baptised Roman Catholic girls (including girls who have been baptised as Christian and can demonstrate that they have subsequently been admitted to the Roman Catholic Church). Within this group, priority is given to applicants who are looked after or previously looked after children.

  2. Girls who have not been baptised into the Roman Catholic Church whose parents wish for them to have a Roman Catholic education. Within this group, priority is given to applicants who are looked after or previously looked after children.

If there is oversubscription in any of these categories, places will be allocated in order of merit based on the 11 plus exam score. If several candidates in the 156th place have equal marks in the order of merit, priority will be given to girls whose homes are nearest the school.

What is the catchment area for Upton Hall School?

There is no defined catchment area for Upton Hall School.

How to apply for Upton Hall School

If you would like to register your daughter for the 11 plus assessment at Upton Hall School, you will need to complete the school’s registration form. This is available on the school website. You will also need to attach your daughter’s Baptism certificate to the form if you wish your daughter to be registered as Roman Catholic.

Following the results of the 11 plus test and by 31st October 2022, you will need to complete a Local Authority admissions form, naming Upton Hall School as your preference. If you are a resident within the Wirral Local Authority, this can be done on the Wirral Council website.

When is the Upton Hall School 11 plus exam taken?

Registration for the 11 plus test at Upton Hall School is currently open. The 11 plus exam will take place at Upton Hall School on Saturday 17th September 2022, with exam sittings taking place throughout the day. A reserve date is available for pupils who have missed the main exam date due to illness or pupils with special needs or disabilities (all subject to medical evidence) on Wednesday 21st September 2022.

The results of the exam will be posted to the parents of applicants by 14th October 2022. If you receive confirmation that your child is eligible for a place, you will then have time to complete your Local Authority school preference form (or Common Application Form) before the national deadline of 31st October 2022.

Upton Hall School 11 plus exam format

The 11 plus exam at Upton Hall School consists of two verbal reasoning tests, each lasting 50 minutes. These tests are administered by GL Assessments – while you may see the exam board referred to as NFER, note that it was renamed to GL Assessment in 2007.

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The papers will be sent off-site for marking and an age-weighted allowance will be made. Girls who have achieved a total score of 236 or more are then deemed to have reached the required standard.

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How to prepare for the Upton Hall School 11 plus

It's best to start preparing as early as possible for the 11 plus exam at Upton Hall School to give your child the maximum amount of time to master the Key Stage 2 core curriculum before the exam.

A good way to prepare is to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the GL exams. Carrying out mock tests helps students practice answering questions under pressure and improve their exam technique and time management.

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