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Urmston Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Urmston Grammar School is a co-educational grammar school and one of the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium members.

Established in 1929, the school has specialist status in science and modern foreign languages. It is proud of its pastoral care and high academic standards; its latest Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding’ reflects the school’s commitment to providing the best for its students, inside and outside of the classroom.

11 plus information for Urmston Grammar School

  • Address: Urmston Grammar School, Newton Road, Urmston, Manchester M41 5UG

  • Admissions contact details: [email protected]

  • School type: co-educational grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,060

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day date: 22nd June 2022, 4pm–8pm

  • 11 plus exam date: Monday 19th September 2022

  • Exam board type: CEM (Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium)

Urmston Grammar School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Urmston Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 21st December

  • Half term: 21st October – 30th October

  • Spring term: 5th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 11th February – 19th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 20th July

  • Half term: 27th May – 4th June

Urmston Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Urmston Grammar School is a member of the Trafford Grammar Schools CEM Consortium (TGSCC). Children will need to be registered with Urmston Grammar School before noon on 24th June 2022. The application form will be available to download from Urmston Grammar School's website from 9th May 2022.

Parents must also include Urmston Grammar School in the ranked order of preference on their Local Authority's Common Application Form (CAF), which must be submitted by 31st October 2022.

All children taking the 11 plus exam who achieve a qualifying score of 334 or above will be eligible for a Year 7 place at Urmston Grammar School in 2023. This score is age-standardised to ensure that all candidates, regardless of their age at the time of the exam, are fairly assessed.

If the number of children who achieve the qualifying score exceeds the 150 places available, Urmston Grammar School will apply the following oversubscription criteria:

  • Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children

  • 20 places will be reserved for the 20 top-scoring candidates, irrespective of their home address

  • 10 places will then be allocated for pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium

  • Children who have parents who have been permanently employed by Urmston Grammar School for at least eight continuous years

  • Candidates who live closest to Urmston Grammar School, firstly by M41 and M31 postcodes, followed by remaining candidates.

The Urmston Grammar School 11 plus exam format

Applicants taking the 11 plus exam at Urmston Grammar School will take two one-hour tests in the same format as the CEM 11 plus exam.

The exam will test non-verbal, verbal and mathematical skills and consists of a mixture of standard and multiple-choice questions.

Take a look at our guide to the Trafford Grammar Schools 11 plus for more details about the 11 plus exam.

How to prepare for the Urmston Grammar School 11 plus

It's best to start preparing for the 11 plus exam at Urmston Grammar School as early as possible to avoid any unwanted stress and pressure on your child. Focusing on non-verbal and verbal reasoning is especially important, as your child likely will not have encountered these subjects in the school curriculum.

Urmston Grammar School has 11 plus familiarisation materials available on its website.

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