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King Edward VI Five Ways School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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King Edward VI Five Ways School is a selective grammar school and the onIy school in the King Edward VI Foundation that is fully co-educational. It was founded in 1883 before it moved to its current location - an attractive 32-acre site in Bartley Green - in 1958. Today, King Edward VI Five Ways School is the largest co-educational grammar school in the West Midlands, as well as one of the top five co-ed grammar schools nationally.

KEFW boasts an array of superb facilities, including specialist classrooms for English, religious studies and art. The sports hall is part of a complex that is equipped with dance studios, a swimming pool and a purpose-built gym.

In 2020, 98% of all GCSE entries at King Edward VI Five Ways School were graded A* to C.

In 2008, Ofsted rated the school as ‘outstanding’ in every category.

King Edward VI Five Ways School 11 plus information

King Edward VI Five Ways School term dates

The term dates for King Edward VI Five Ways School in 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September to 16th December

  • Half term: 17th October to 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January to 7th April

  • Half term: 20th February to 24th February

  • Summer term: 24th April to 25th July

  • Half term: 29th May to 2nd June

King Edward VI Five Ways School 11 plus admissions process

Since 2011, all grammar schools in the Birmingham area have followed the admissions criteria set by the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium. At King Edward VI Five Ways School, candidates are selected for entry based on their age-standardised score in the 11 plus exam. Parents should, however, be aware that this does not necessarily guarantee their child a spot at King Edward VI Five Ways School.

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the number of places available at the school, places are offered to children as follows:

  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.

More information can be found in the admissions policy for King Edward VI Five Ways School.

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

To apply for admission to King Edward VI Five Ways School, parents should register their child with the Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium. Additionally, parents need to fill out and complete a Local Authority (LA) Preference Form that allows their choice of schools to be ranked in order of preference.

The application process opens in May and should be completed by the end of June.

King Edward VI Five Ways School 11 plus 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 Five Ways School 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 Five Ways School 11 plus exam

The familiarisation booklets linked below are designed to inform parents and children about the King Edward VI Five Ways School 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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