St Anselm's College is a selective Roman Catholic school for boys in Birkenhead, Merseyside. The school was founded by The Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1933 in response to a request from the Bishop of Shrewsbury to provide grammar school opportunities for academically able Catholic and Christian boys in Wirral and Cheshire. The ethos originates from the philosophy of an Edmund Rice education – the promotion of personal growth and the pursuit of excellence.
The school has good academic results; in 2021, just over 43% of GCSE grades were 9–7. There is a strong sporting tradition, particularly in rugby and athletics, and the College musicians regularly perform locally and abroad.
St Anselm’s College is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.
Address: St Anselm's College, Manor Hill, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH43 1UQ
Admissions contact: [email protected], 01516 521408
School type: Boys’ Catholic grammar
Number of pupils: 980
Number of places in Year 7: 156
Open day date: Virtual open day available online
11 plus exam dates: Friday 23rd September 2022
Exam board type: School’s own
The term dates for St Anselm's College in 2022-23 are:
Autumn term: 5th September – 16th December
Half term: 24th – 28th October
Spring term: 4th January – 31st March
Half term: 20th – 24th February
Summer term: 17th April – 20th July
Half term: 29th May – 2nd June
As an Academy, the St Anselm’s College Edmund Rice Academy Trust is the Admissions Authority and is responsible for decisions on admissions to the school. The coordination of the school’s admissions arrangements is undertaken by the Local Authority.
For the school year commencing September 2023, St Anselm’s College will accept 156 boys who have reached the required standard in the 11 plus exam. If more than 156 boys reach the required standard, then places are allocated according to the following oversubscription criteria, in order:
Catholic looked after and previously looked after boys, as well as baptised Catholic boys who live within five miles of the school
Baptised Christian, non-Catholic looked after and previously looked after boys, as well as baptised Christian and non-Catholic boys living within five miles of the school
Looked after and previously looked after boys who have not baptised Christians and non-Catholic boys whose parents wish them to have a Catholic education.
St Anselm’s College has a designated ‘relevant area’ which forms part of its oversubscription criteria. This is defined as Wirral, Cheshire West and Chester, and any other areas within five miles of the school.
If you would like to register your son for the 11 plus assessment at St Anselm’s College, you will need to complete the school’s registration form. This is available on the school website. You will also need to attach your son’s Baptism certificate to the form.
Following the results of the 11 plus test and by 31st October 2022, you will need to complete a Local Authority admissions form, naming St Anselm's College as your preference. If you are a resident within the Wirral Local Authority, this can be done on the Wirral Council website.
Registration for the 11 plus test at St Anselm's College is currently open. The assessment will take place at the school on Friday 23rd September 2022. Parents of registered applicants will be contacted again in September with specific details and arrangements for the day.
Parents can expect to receive the results of the assessment in mid-October 2022. If you receive confirmation that your child is eligible for a place, you will then have time to complete your Local Authority school preference form (or Common Application Form) before the national deadline of 31st October 2022.
Boys who take the 11 plus exam at St Anselm’s College will complete three tests which are set by the school:
English (1 hour): includes reading and writing tasks. There are 50 marks available in total (25 in each section).
Maths (1 hour): non-calculator paper. There are approximately 75 marks available in total.
Verbal reasoning (1 hour). Take a look at our top tips for 11 plus verbal reasoning exam preparation.
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