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King Edward VI Aston School 11 plus

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King Edward VI Aston School is a selective, all-boys grammar school and specialist sports college. It was opened in 1883, designed by Birmingham architect J.A. Chatwin and is one of the 11 schools in Birmingham supported by the charity of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI.

As a specialist sports college, King Edward VI Aston School places emphasis on a range of sporting activities. It also focuses attention on creative subjects, such as art, music and drama.

In 2008, Ofsted rated King Edward VI Aston School as ‘outstanding’.

King Edward VI Aston School 11 plus information

King Edward VI Aston School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for King Edward VI Aston School have not yet been published. Here are the 2021-22 term dates as a guide:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 17th December

  • Half term: 25th – 29th October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 8th April

  • Half term: 21st – 25th February

  • Summer term: 25th April – 22nd July

  • Half term: 30th May – 3rd June

King Edward VI Aston School 11 plus admissions process

All grammar schools in Birmingham, including King Edward VI Aston School, follow the admissions criteria set by the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium, which is based on pupils’ academic performance in the entrance exam.

Boys are selected for admission based on their combined age-standardised score in the 11 plus exam. To qualify for admission, pupils need to achieve the minimum standardised qualifying score in the exam. Due to the popularity of King Edward VI Aston School, not every boy who achieves the qualifying score can be offered a place.

Where the number of eligible applications for admission exceeds the number of places available, places will be prioritised on the following basis:

  1. Looked After Children/Previously Looked After Children who achieve the qualifying score.

  2. Children attracting the Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score and live within the school catchment area.

  3. If fewer than 35 places (25% of the PAN) are filled by applicants in category 2, offers will be made to children attracting the Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score and live outside the catchment area.

  4. Applicants who achieve the priority score and live within the school catchment area. Applicants in this category will be given priority if they have an older sibling at the school; then ranked by distance from the school.

  5. Applicants achieving the qualifying score. Applicants in this category will be ranked by test score. Where scores are equal, priority will be given to those with a sibling at the school; then ranked by distance from the school.

Find out more from the King Edward VI Aston School's admissions policy.

How and when to apply for 11 plus entry to King Edward VI Aston School

To apply for Year 7 entry to King Edward VI Aston School, parents need to register their child by completing an online application form. Additionally, a Local Authority Preference Form needs to be completed, ranking their choice of schools in order of preference.

Online 11 plus test registration forms are available from May. The closing date for applying to sit the 11 plus test is at the end of June.

King Edward VI Aston School entrance exam format

There are two exam papers, each approximately 50 minutes in length. Papers are divided into smaller individually timed sections which test:

Each exam will cover a range of all topics and consist of both multiple-choice questions and standard exam questions. Both exams include verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, and maths. One exam will also include an English 'cloze test’, where students are given samples of text with words removed and asked to replace the missing item.

Find out more from our guide to the CEM 11 plus format.

When is the King Edward VI Aston School 11 plus exam?

The entrance exams usually take place in early September. Normally, the school sends out results to parents in October. Find out more about offers and results from the Birmingham Grammar Schools website.

How to prepare for the King Edward VI Aston School 11 plus exam

The familiarisation booklets linked below are designed to inform parents and children about the King Edward VI Aston 11 plus exam. These booklets will:

  • Give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment

  • Introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment

  • Inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure

  • Indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested

  • Highlight the range of answer formats used in the assessment

Familiarisation guides

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