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11 plus grammar school consortiums: all you need to know

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11 plus grammar school consortiums guide

Looking for information on grammar school consortiums? We’ve compiled a list of consortiums by region, with links to useful info to help you prepare for application.

What is a consortium?

A consortium is a group of two or more grammar schools who work together on the application process. Schools in a consortium use the same 11 plus test, exam dates and exam provider. The aim is to reduce the number of tests your child must sit to be considered for any of the grammar schools in an area.

Grammar school consortiums by region

East of England

Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex (CSSE)

The Consortium of Selective Schools in Essex consists of 10 schools:

The CSSE creates its own exam papers for the 11 plus. Find the complete guide to Essex (CSSE) Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

South West Hertfordshire Grammar Schools Consortium

There are a large number of fully selective and partially selective grammar schools in the South West Hertfordshire region.

Seven wholly selective grammar schools are included in the South West Herts Consortium:

These schools use a mixture of test providers, using both GL Assessment and individual schools’ own tests.

There are a further seven partially selective secondary schools in South West Herts:

  • Bishop’s Stortford High School

  • Chancellor’s School

  • Dame Alice Owen’s School

  • Goffs Academy

  • Hertfordshire and Essex High School

  • Hockerill Anglo-European College

  • John Warner School

Find the complete guide to South West Hertfordshire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

London

Barnet Grammar Schools

There are three grammar schools in the London Borough of Barnet:

These schools use a mixture of GL Assessment and their own test papers.

Find the complete guide to Barnet Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Bexley Grammar Schools

There are four grammar schools in the London Borough of Bexley:

The Bexley Grammar Schools Consortium uses CEM as their exam provider.

Find the complete guide to Bexley Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Bromley Grammar Schools

There are two grammar schools in the London Borough of Bromley, each with their own individual 11 plus test. Newstead Wood School uses GL Assessment and St Olave’s Grammar School has created their own eligibility test.

Find the complete guide to Bromley Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Kingston upon Thames Grammar Schools

There are two grammar schools in the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames, both of which use GL Assessment for their first round of testing, and school-created papers for their second stage test.

Find the complete guide to Kingston upon Thames Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Redbridge Grammar Schools

The two Redbridge grammar schools use CEM as their exam provider:

Find the complete guide to Redbridge Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Sutton Grammar Schools

There are five fully selective schools and one partially selective school in Sutton:

Most of the schools use GL Assessment for the first round of testing, and school-written papers for their second round tests.

Find the complete guide to Sutton Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Midlands

Birmingham Grammar Schools Consortium

Consisting of eight schools, the Birmingham Grammar School Consortium now uses GL Assessment for their 11 plus exam provider (having previously used CEM for a number of years). The eight schools are:

Find the complete guide to Birmingham Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Lincolnshire Grammar Schools Consortium

15 schools make up the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools:

The Lincolnshire Consortium schools use the GL Assessment exam provider.

Find the complete guide to Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Shropshire, Walsall, and Wolverhampton Grammar Schools Consortium

The five grammar schools that make up the SWW Consortium use CEM as their exam provider.

Find the complete guide to Shropshire, Walsall, and Wolverhampton Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Warwickshire Grammar Schools Consortium

Consisting of five schools, the Warwickshire Grammar School Consortium now uses GL Assessment for their 11 plus exam provider. They previously used CEM for a number of years.

The schools are:

Find the complete guide to Warwickshire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

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North West

Lancashire and Cumbria Grammar Schools

Lancashire and Cumbria have five grammar schools across the regions. Their 11 plus exam providers differ, with Lancashire schools using GL Assessment and Cumbria schools opting for CEM.

Lancashire:

Find the complete guide to Lancashire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Cumbria:

  • Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith

Trafford Grammar Schools Consortium

Using CEM as their exam provider, the Trafford Grammar School Consortium consists of five local schools:

There are two grammar schools in Manchester that use other tests:

Find the complete guide to Trafford Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Wirral Grammar Schools (including Liverpool):

Having previously used CEM, Wirral Grammar Schools now use GL Assessment as their exam provider. Four out of the seven schools use the GL test:

The remaining three schools use their own testing systems:

Find the complete guide to Wirral and Liverpool Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

South East

Berkshire Grammar Schools Consortium

There are six grammar schools and one bilateral (partially selective) school in Berkshire:

The Slough Grammar Schools Consortium (below) is comprised of four of these schools. Of the remaining two schools, Kendrick School follows the same procedures as the Slough Consortium, whereas Reading Boys School uses FSCE, a school subsidiary foundation.

Find the complete guide to Berkshire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Slough Grammar Schools Consortium

There are four schools in the Slough Consortium:

Kendrick School is not in the Slough Consortium but uses the same 11 plus test and exam provider.

Find the complete guide to Slough Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Consortium

The Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools Consortium uses GL Assessment as their exam provider.

This county is unusual in that it has an opt-out system: every child in a Buckinghamshire primary school is automatically registered for the 11 plus test, unless a parent states otherwise.

There are 13 grammar schools in the Buckinghamshire Consortium:

Find the complete guide to Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Kent Grammar Schools Consortium

With 32 grammar schools in the Kent region, the Kent Consortium is the largest formal consortium in the UK. You can find a list of all 31 schools here. The Kent 11 plus exam is known as the Kent Test, and uses the provider GL Assessment.

Find the complete guide to Kent Grammar Schools and the Kent Test here.

Surrey Grammar Schools

Surrey’s selective schools are divided between two areas: Kingston upon Thames and Sutton. All of these grammar schools use the Selective Eligibility Test for their 11 plus.

Medway Grammar Schools Consortium

Using the exam provider CEM, the Medway 11 plus test uses a specific paper created just for Medway Council. The Medway Consortium consists of six grammar schools:

Find the complete guide to Medway Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

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South West

Dorset Grammar Schools Consortium

There are four selective grammar schools that make up the Dorset Consortium, with a further two partially selective secondary schools in the region. The consortium uses GL Assessment as their exam provider.

The four wholly selective grammar schools are:

The two partially selective schools are:

  • Budmouth Academy

  • Poole High School

Find the complete guide to Dorset Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Gloucestershire Grammar Schools Consortium

Gloucestershire Consortium is made up of seven selective grammar schools:

The exam provider used by this consortium is CEM.

Find the complete guide to Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Yorkshire Grammar Schools

The Yorkshire grammar schools span three local authorities:

Calderdale:

Kirklees:

North Yorkshire:

The schools use a mixture of GL and CEM exam providers as well as their own individual testing processes.

Find the complete guide to Yorkshire Grammar Schools 11 plus here.


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