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King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 11 plus

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King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys is a highly selective grammar school founded in January 1883. In 1956, the school moved to its current location and shares its campus with its sister school, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls.

The school specialises in maths, science, humanities and applied learning, where it is consistently rated as one of the most academically successful schools in the UK. It is currently ranked third among state schools and in 2009 Ofsted rated the school as 'outstanding'.

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 11 plus information

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys term dates

The King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September to 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October to 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January to 31st March

  • Half term: 20th February to 24th February

  • Summer term: 17th April to 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May to 2nd June

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 11 plus admissions process

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys is part of the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium, which determines the set of admissions criteria in the West Midlands.

Candidates are selected for admission based on their combined age-standardised score in the 11 plus exam. Due to the popularity of King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, parents should be aware that not every boy who achieves the qualifying score can be offered a place.

In the event of oversubscription, the school will offer places as follows:

  1. Looked After Children / Previously Looked After Children who achieve the qualifying score. Applicants in this category will be ranked by test score and then by distance from the school.

  2. Children attracting the Pupil Premium who achieve the qualifying score and live within the school catchment area. Applicants in this category will be ranked by distance from the school.

  3. If fewer than 30 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, until a total of 30 children attracting the Pupil Premium have been offered.

  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 information from the King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys admissions policy.

How and when to apply for 11 plus entry to King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

To apply for Year 7 entry to King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, parents must register their son through the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium, as opposed to applying directly through the school. A Local Authority Preference Form must also be completed in which parents can name up to six schools.

The application window opens in May and closes in June.

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys entrance exam format

There are two exam papers, each of approximately 50 minutes, with additional time for instructions to be given. 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 Camp Hill School for Boys 11 plus exam taken?

The entrance exams usually take place in early September. Normally, the school sends out results to parents in October.

How to prepare for the King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 11 plus exam

The familiarisation booklets linked below are designed to inform parents and children about the King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 11 plus entrance 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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