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Wirral Grammar School for Boys 11+ guide

By Atom | Apr 30, 2024, 11:24 AM

Wirral Grammar School for Boys 11 plus entry guide

Thinking about applying to Wirral Grammar School for Boys? Find out everything you need to know about admissions in 2024–2025 and how to prepare your child for success in the 11 plus entrance exam.

Key information for Wirral Grammar School for Boys

  • Address: Wirral Grammar School for Boys, Cross Lane, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 3AQ

  • Number of pupils: 1,000+

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 155

  • 11+ exam: Wirral Admissions Test

  • Catchment area: no

Dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 30th April 2024: registration opens for the Wirral Admissions Test

  • Sunday 2nd June 2024: registration closes for the Wirral Admissions Test

  • Monday 16th September 2024: Wirral Admissions Test

  • Mid-October 2024: parents receive outcome of Wirral Admissions Test

  • Thursday 31st October 2024: secondary school applications close at 5pm

  • Monday 3rd March 2025: secondary school national offers day

About Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Wirral Grammar School for Boys (WGSB) is a boys' grammar school in Bebington, Wirral. The school was founded in 1931 and welcomes boys from the Wirral and beyond. Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson is a previous student.

The school is committed to helping students maximise their academic potential. Students have access to a wide range of extracurricular activities to support character development. The whole school is also dedicated to building international partnerships. In 2021, WGSB was awarded the British Council International School Award. The school has completed three fully-funded British Council projects with European partner schools.

How to apply to Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Wirral Grammar School for Boys is a selective state school. This means that your child will need to take the 11 plus exam to be eligible for a place in Year 7.

West Kirby uses the Wirral Admissions Test to assess children for entry. This test is used by the four non-Catholic grammar schools in Wirral. This means that if you are considering any of these schools for your child, they will only have to take the test once.

Registration for the Wirral Admissions Test opens on the Wirral Council website on Tuesday 30th April 2024 and closes at midnight on Sunday 2nd June 2024. Your child will take the test on Monday 16th September 2024 and you’ll receive their results in mid-October.

To apply to Wirral Grammar School for Boys, you’ll need to name the school as one of your preferred schools on the secondary school common application form. This will be available on your home council website from early September and must be submitted by Thursday 31st October 2024.

Remember – passing the 11 plus doesn’t guarantee that your child will be allocated a place at your preferred school. Many grammar schools are often oversubscribed with qualified children. Schools and their admissions authorities work through admissions criteria to prioritise children for places. We’ve included the admissions criteria for Wirral Grammar School for Boys below.

What subjects are on the entrance exam?

Wirral Grammar School for Boys uses the Wirral Admissions Test to assess children’s suitability for entry.

This test consists of two papers, with three different types of questions:

All of the questions in the Wirral Admissions Test are multiple-choice. Your child will have separate answer sheets which they will use to mark their answers. These are marked electronically.

Guide to the Wirral Admissions Test

Find out everything you need to know in our complete guide to the Wirral Admissions Test. Plus, get access to free 11 plus resources to help your child feel confident for their exam!

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Verbal reasoning paper

How does place allocation work at Wirral Grammar School for Boys?

Your child’s marks in the Wirral 11 plus are age-standardised to ensure that younger children aren’t disadvantaged. All children’s standardised scores are then placed in rank order from highest to lowest. The Wirral admissions authority sets a required standard based on this ranked list. Children who meet the required standard are eligible for a place at a grammar school in Wirral.

If more eligible children apply to Wirral Grammar School for Boys than the 155 places available, the school uses oversubscription criteria. Places are prioritised for eligible children in this order:

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children

  2. Children who have a valid medical or social reason to attend the school

  3. Up to 15 places for children who receive free school meals, in rank order of the shortest walking distance to the school

  4. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission

  5. Remaining places are allocated to children based on the shortest distance to the school

Wirral Grammar School for Boys does not have a catchment area. However, children who live closest to the school are prioritised for places.

How can I help my child prepare for the Wirral Admissions Test?

The Wirral Admissions Test is designed to be challenging. Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the exam in September 2024.

Bitesize learning

It’s important to build a good knowledge base before the 11 plus. Using a ‘little and often’ approach when learning is key – our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. For children aged 10–11, child psychologists recommend regular study sessions of 20–30 minutes.

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Read widely

11 plus exams test your child’s ability to analyse and interpret written information. Regular reading is a great way to help your child build these skills.

Encourage them to read books from different genres and by a diverse range of authors. Increasing the variety of your child’s reading will help them understand different styles, tones and purposes. Meanwhile, reading a little every day will help widen their vocabulary, sharpen their analytical thinking, and enhance their imagination.

Refine exam technique

When your child feels confident with the topics they’ve learnt in Year 5, they’ll be ready to put their knowledge to the test.

Practice tests can help your child develop problem-solving skills and build confidence working under test conditions. They’re also a great way to consolidate learning and highlight knowledge gaps for further improvement.

With Atom Home, you'll unlock online mock tests and printable practice papers for the Wirral Admissions Test. Enjoy automatic marking and progress tracking with the online tests, and help your child get familiar with the real exam experience with printable practice papers.

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Celebrate progress

Setting regular, achievable goals and celebrating your child’s progress – no matter how big or small – will help keep their motivation high.

Make sure to encourage a growth mindset. This means celebrating effort, as well as achievement! When your child makes mistakes or struggles to understand a particular topic, help them understand that they’ll improve through practice. Regular praise will help your child improve their resilience when tackling new and challenging topics.

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