The 11+

11+ Application

11+ Testing

11+ Results

11+ Summary Timetable and Key Downloads

Application – June 2017 until October 2017

1. What is the purpose of the 11+ selection procedure?

The 11+ selection procedure is designed to determine whether or not children in the autumn term of their final year of primary education are suitable for admission to a grammar school.  Parents should note that meeting the academic requirements for entry to South Wilts Grammar School (SWGS) is not, in itself, a guarantee of an offer of a place.

 Grammar schools are required to run their selection tests and notify parents of the results before the deadline for making an application to the Local Authority for a secondary school place for their child. Parents must, therefore, register their child for the 11+ Test and, following the release of the results, if they wish to apply for a place at SWGS they must name South Wilts Grammar School as one of their preferences on the LA Secondary Application Form.

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2.    When can I look round the school? 

Five Open Afternoons will take place at the end of June, when staff will be available to answer questions, and tours of the school by pupils will be organised. The Open Afternoons begin at 2pm with an introductory talk and finish at approximately 3.30pm. These afternoons are for girls as well as parents.  Although these afternoons are mainly dedicated to entry into Year 7, those interested in entry into Years 8, 9 and 10 are also welcome to attend.  The Open Afternoons take place on:

PLEASE NOTE :

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3. How can I obtain a prospectus?

 Prospectuses for 2018 entry will be available in June 2017. A6 invitation cards directing parents to the digital brochure will be delivered to local primary schools within the SWGS catchment area.  Alternatively, parents can follow the instructions on the cards for requesting a hard copy of the brochure. Parents of pupils who attend out of area schools can obtain a hard copy of the prospectus at the Open Afternoons or, to view the digital brochure directly from this page, click here  (“link to SWGS online prospectus available in June 2017”).

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4. How do I register my daughter for the 11+ Test? 

An online Test Registration Form must be completed via the SWGS website (or paper copy sent to SWGS) in order to register your daughter for the 11+ Test. This is essential for the administration of the test and also gives evidence for the application of our oversubscription criteria. The deadline for the SWGS Test Registration Form to be completed is Friday 1st September 2017.

 From June 2017 a link to the online Test Registration Form can be found at the bottom of this webpage.  Paper copies are available in the prospectus.  PDF copies will also be available to download from the bottom of this webpage from June 2017.

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5. Does the 11+ Procedure take account of Special Educational Needs?

If a child has a current statement of educational needs, speaks English as an Additional Language or faces any other barrier to learning, whether medical or educational (eg Specific learning difficulties), or parents feel their daughter’s circumstances may affect her performance in the test, they can request that special access arrangements be given to her. Parents must complete the Special Access arrangements form and return it with written evidence to SWGS by Wednesday 5th July 2017.  SWGS will then conduct a consultation process with appropriate medical or educational professionals (such as the girl’s Headteacher, SENCo and the LA Educational Psychologist). Parents will be advised of the outcome of that consultation in writing prior to the date of the test itself, and informed as to whether special measures will be allowed.

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6. What happens once I have registered for the Test?

Parents who have registered for the 11+ Test using the Test Registration Form will receive details of the test arrangements approximately one week before the exam.  The test will be held on the morning of Saturday 23rd September 2017.

 When completing the Test Registration Form, parents have the opportunity to accept an invitation for their child to take a practice Verbal Reasoning paper (50 minutes) on Saturday 16th September 2017.  The practice test will take place just a week before the main 11+ test and will involve the Verbal Reasoning paper only.  This practice paper will NOT be marked and therefore cannot be referred to in any future admissions decisions.  The sole purpose of the practice test is to provide candidates with the opportunity to become familiar with the test format and test surroundings.  Candidates will be seated in the same room and at the same seat that they will be allocated on the main 11+ day.  Parents wishing their child to sit the practice test should accept the invitation at the time of registration. Please note that SWGS do NOT charge a fee to enter a child for the practice test.

 (For further details regarding the format of the Test, please continue reading through to the section below regarding testing arrangements.)

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7. What about the Local Authority Secondary Application Form?

A letter with the 11+ test scores will be posted out on Monday 9th October 2017 in time for parents to complete the online application form (or the paper version - "Secondary Application Form") for their Local Authority, the deadline for which is noon on 31st October 2017 (for Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset residents).  This will give details of the test score and whether the student has met the required standard (and is “eligible” for admission). It is important to note that meeting the required standard does not guarantee that your daughter will be offered a place at South Wilts Grammar School if the school is oversubscribed.

 Parents of girls living in Wiltshire should access the Wiltshire Council (WC) online application via www.wiltshire.gov.uk, where there is a link from the Home Page, or request the paper version ("Secondary Application Form") from their child’s primary school or directly from WC County Hall at Trowbridge.  Candidates from other counties should apply via their own County’s online application form (paper versions also available).  Their County Council will then inform WC of a candidate's preference for SWGS.

 Parents who wish to apply for a grammar school place at SWGS following the release of the 11+ results should include South Wilts Grammar School as one of their named preferences on the application form.

 It is important that parents understand that the system of allocation of school places by the LA will mean that if, after applying the admissions criteria, a child appears on the eligible list of their first preference school, then this is the place that will be offered.  A candidate with South Wilts Grammar School as a second or third preference, even if they are deemed suitable for a grammar school education, would not be offered a place at SWGS on Thursday 1st March 2018 if they are eligible for a school for which they have indicated a higher preference on the application form. Parents should contact their LA if they are unclear about the preference system.

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Testing – Saturday 23rd September 2017

 

8. What are the arrangements for testing?

The 11+ test is taken under public exam conditions and clearly most girls will be affected by nerves at some point in the weeks and days before the test.  Therefore, parents are strongly advised to monitor and limit any activities which might put undue additional pressure on their daughter and therefore induce poor exam performance.

NB. No child should sit the tests if she is unwell or affected by any personal circumstances that may influence her performance. Parents should telephone SWGS either before the test or on the morning of Saturday 23rd September 2017.

A timetable, map and instructions for preparing for the day itself will be available for download from the bottom of this webpage in August 2017.

 Parents who have registered for the 11+ Test using the Supplementary Registration Form will receive details of the test arrangements approximately one week before the exam.

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9. Why is there a practice Test a week before the actual Test? 

When completing the Test Registration Form, parents have the opportunity to accept an invitation for their child to take a practice Verbal Reasoning paper (50 minutes) on Saturday 16th September 2017.  The practice test will take place just a week before the main 11+ test and will involve the Verbal Reasoning paper only.  This practice paper will NOT be marked and therefore cannot be referred to in any future admissions decisions.  The sole purpose of the practice test is to provide candidates with the opportunity to become familiar with the test format and test surroundings.  Candidates will be seated in the same room and at the same seat that they will be allocated on the main 11+ day.  Parents wishing their child to sit the practice test should accept the invitation at the time of registration. Please note that SWGS do NOT charge a fee to enter a child for the practice test.

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10. What does the Test involve?

The test consists of three papers :

a. Maths (MA) - 50 minutes

b. English (EN) - 45 minutes

c. Verbal Reasoning (VR) - 50 minutes

 

(For more information regarding preparation for the test, please download the Information Leaflet from the bottom of this page.)

 

11+ practice papers can be purchased from  GL Assessment.

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11. How are the test scores calculated?

The scores attained in the MA, EN and VR tests are standardised to make allowances for the child’s age in relation to the ages of the other children and to give the three tests equal weighting.  The standardisation and calibration are carried out by statisticians at GL Assessment.  The three standardised scores are then added together to produce a final result.

All candidates whose combined score in the MA, EN and VR papers reaches the standardised pass mark will be regarded as having passed the entrance test.  Girls whose combined score falls below the standardised pass mark will be deemed to be unsuited to a grammar school course of education.  It must be noted that normally more girls will pass the entrance test than can be accommodated and in these circumstances the oversubscription criteria and waiting list procedures will apply.

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Results – Monday 9th October 2017

12How will I be informed of my daughter’s results?

A letter with the 11+ test scores will be posted out on Monday 9th October 2017 in time for parents to complete the online application form (or the paper version - "Secondary Application Form") for their Local Authority, the deadline for which is noon on 31st October 2017 (for Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset residents).  This will give details of the test score and whether the student has met the required standard (and is “eligible” for admission). It is important to note that meeting the required standard does not guarantee that your daughter will be offered a place at South Wilts Grammar School if the school is oversubscribed.

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13.  Will there be enough space for my daughter if she passes? 

SWGS has a planned admission number for Year 7 of 160.  If more than 160 girls achieve the standardised pass mark, then the school will rank every girl eligible for a place according to the published oversubscription criteria in the order shown below.

(a) A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989).

(b) Girls who attract the Pupil Premium and/or the Service Premium.  Evidence will be sought by SWGS directly with the local authority or the child’s current school.  Parents will be asked to give their consent via the Test Registration Form in order to enable SWGS to complete this checking procedure.

(c) Girls who live in the school’s catchment area.  The address is the place where the girl is permanently resident with her parent or parents or legal guardians. Further clarifications/requirements for this criterion are as follows:

(i) In this context, “permanently resident” is defined as the girl’s only or main residence and is either owned or leased/rented by the girl’s parent(s)/guardian(s).  Documentary evidence of residence not more than 6 months old may be required (eg the child’s NHS medical card and the parent’s/guardian’s recent utilities bill, bank statement or tenancy agreement, an Armed Forces posting order or a solicitor’s letter confirming the exchange of contracts on a property).  If leased/rented by the girl’s parent(s)/guardian(s), then the lease/rental agreement must be for a term of at least 12 months without a break clause.  The property owned or leased/rented is to be that in which the girl and her family live.

(ii) Where a girl lives with parents with shared responsibility each part of the week, the “home address” will be considered to be the address with which the girl is registered with her GP (documentary evidence not more than 6 months old may be required) or the “home address” will be considered to be the address of the person whose name is on the child benefit statement (proof of this may be required).

(d)  Girls who live outside the catchment area and have a sister (this refers to a sister, half-sister, adopted sister, foster sister or the daughter of the parent / carer’s partner, who in every case, is living in the same family unit at the same address) attending the school and living at the same residence on the date of admission of the child.

(e)  Other girls in order of nearness to school as the crow flies. This will be measured from the centre of the frontage of the school buildings in Stratford Road to the front door of the applicant’s ordinary residence. (Distances supplied by the LA will be used and these will measure straight line distances using the Ordnance Survey eastings and northings of the home and the school address.  Those with the least distance will be given priority.  In the event of there being equal distances the priority will be decided by casting lots.)

Distance will be used as the tie breaker in each criterion a) to e) with those living nearest the school given priority.  Measurement will be as the crow flies as per criterion e) and in the event of being unable to separate applicants based on distance to the school, priority will be decided by random allocation through casting lots.

Girls who have passed the entrance test, but whose name (under the oversubscription criteria) falls outside the 160 planned admission number, will be put onto a waiting list for the academic year in which they sat the test.  The waiting list is also governed by the priorities listed above.  Late applicants who have passed the entrance test will be placed on the waiting list in their relevant position, based on the oversubscription criteria, irrespective of the time of application.  This means that a girl’s position on the waiting list will change if subsequent additions to the waiting list take higher priority.  Parents should contact SWGS for up-to-date information regarding their daughter's position on the waiting list.  Re-testing of waiting list candidates will occur after an interval of one calendar year through the "Late Entry Test".

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 14. My daughter has passed – how do I now apply for a place?

All applications and offers of places for admission into Year 7 of the 2018-2019 academic year at SWGS will be co-ordinated by Wiltshire Council (WC) acting in their capacity as a Local (education) Authority (LA).

Parents of girls living in Wiltshire should access the Wiltshire Council (WC) online application via www.wiltshire.gov.uk, where there is a link from the Home Page, or request the paper version ("Secondary Application Form") from their child’s primary school or directly from WC County Hall at Trowbridge.  Candidates from other counties should apply via their own County’s online application form (paper versions also available).  Their County Council will then inform WC of a candidate's preference for SWGS.

The LA allocates places using an equal preference system.  This means that all school preferences expressed by parents must be given equal consideration although a child will receive only one offer of a school place.  The child’s details are forwarded to each school on the list who then rank the applicants in order of priority using their admissions criteria.  The ranked lists are then forwarded to the LA who allocate places in accordance with their published procedures.

Parents who wish to apply for a grammar school place at SWGS following the release of the 11+ results should include South Wilts Grammar School as one of their named preferences on the application form.

It is important that parents understand that the system of allocation of school places by the LA will mean that if, after applying the admissions criteria, a child appears on the eligible list of their first preference school, then this is the place that will be offered.  A candidate with South Wilts Grammar School as a second or third preference, even if they are deemed suitable for a grammar school education, would not be offered a place at SWGS on Thursday 1st March 2018 if they are eligible for a school for which they have indicated a higher preference on the application form. Parents should contact their LA if they are unclear about the preference system.

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15. How will the LA allocate places at SWGS?

SWGS will rank all applicants that have expressed a preference for SWGS in order of priority using the oversubscription criteria and then forward the complete list to the LA.

The LA considers each expressed preference equally, regardless of whether the school was placed first, second, third etc.  The LA matches the SWGS ranked list and:-

The LA will post notification of allocations on Thursday 1st March 2018.

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Summary Timetable

27th, 28th, 29th and 30th June and 3rd July Open Afternoons at South Wilts Grammar School from 2pm until 3.30pm – no booking necessary.
Wednesday 5th July 2017 Final date for return of Special Access Arrangements form regarding testing for SEN applicants.
Friday 1st September 2017 Final date for return of SWGS Supplementary Registration form to the School
Saturday 16th September 2017 Practice Verbal Reasoning paper sat at SWGS (not compulsory)
Saturday 23rd September 2017 11+ Tests held at SWGS
Monday 9th October 2017 11+ Results letters posted in time for completion of LA Secondary Application Forms
31st October 2017 Final date for return of Secondary Application Form to Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset Councils.
Thursday 1st March 2018 National day for posting the offer of places from LA.  (Please allow one working day for letters to arrive.)

 

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Key Downloads and Links

Links to Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset on-line application websites(not live until 1 September 2017) :

11+ Test arrangements letter [AVAILABLE FROM AUGUST 2017]

Link to website for purchasing practice 11+ paper


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