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Urmston Grammar School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Feb 20, 2023, 1:53 PM

Urmston Grammar School 11 plus entry guide

Are you considering Urmston Grammar School for your child? 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 Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium 11 plus exam.

About Urmston Grammar School

Urmston Grammar School is a mixed (girls and boys) selective school and a member of the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium. 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. The school's latest Outstanding Ofsted grade reflects its commitment to providing the best for its students, inside and outside the classroom.

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

  • Local authority: Trafford Council

  • School type: mixed grammar

  • Headteacher: Riffat Wall

  • Number of pupils: 1,038

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 213

  • A level results: 58.2% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 74.6% 9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

Urmston Grammar School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Urmston Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 20th December 2023

  • Half term: 20th–29th October 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 10th–19th February 2024

  • Summer term: 8th April – 17th July 2024

  • Half term: 25th May – 2nd June 2024

How to apply to Urmston Grammar School

Urmston Grammar School shares an entrance test with the four other schools in the Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium. This means that your child only needs to take one exam to apply for these schools.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

While your child is in Year 5, register them to take the Trafford 11 plus exam on the school website. Registration opens on 21st April and closes on 12th June 2023 at 12 noon.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the exam, you will get their results in mid-October. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority application form.

Before listing Urmston Grammar School as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. How close you live to a school is very important as schools have priority areas which change based on the demand for places.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Urmston Grammar School 11 plus exam?

The 11 plus exam for Trafford Grammar Schools takes place in mid-September 2023.

It consists of two papers, each lasting about 60 minutes. Both papers are divided into smaller, individually-timed sections that assess:

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Non-verbal reasoning

  • Maths

Learn about the exam in more detail in our full guide to the Trafford 11 plus:

Trafford 11 plus exam guide

What is the pass mark for Urmston Grammar School?

The qualifying score for Urmston Grammar School is 334. After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across both papers. Children whose total standardised score is 334 or above are eligible to be considered for a place.

Parents of children who score between 321–333 can pursue a review, conducted by the admissions panel, to take into account any special circumstances. If the review is successful, the child's score is amended to 334R.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it is likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Urmston Grammar School oversubscription criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 150. When there are more eligible applicants than there are places available, places are allocated in this order:

  • Entry category A: i) Children with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) naming Urmston Grammar School who have achieved the qualifying score. ii) Looked After and previously Looked After children.

  • Entry category B: 20 places are allocated to the highest-scoring candidates in order, regardless of where they live.

  • Entry category C: 10 places are allocated to the highest performing children who get free school meals, regardless of where they live, and who did not qualify under categories A or B.

  • Entry category D: children of Urmston Grammar staff members who have had a permanent contract for at least eight years.

  • Entry category E: 120 places are offered to children who achieved the qualifying score, in order of how close they live to the school. M41 and M31 postcodes are prioritised.

Urmston Grammar School catchment area

Children living in M41 and M31 postcodes are prioritised for entry.

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Trafford 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

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 Nucleus is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of the Trafford 11 plus at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of 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 Nucleus 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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Atom Nucleus is the award-winning online 11 plus practice platform that gives your child everything they need to prepare for grammar school exams.

Children work independently through over 90,000 interactive practice questions in English, maths and reasoning. Teacher-created helpsheets and videos help them discover new concepts and consolidate their learning.

Atom's algorithm keeps children on their ideal learning path, tailored to their unique learning style and pace to keep them challenged and motivated.

Trafford 11 plus practice papers

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

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We understand how important this next step is for them, and for you. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions you may have about the 11 plus or Trafford grammar schools.

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