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West Kirby Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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West Kirby Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

West Kirby Grammar School is a selective school for girls, with a co-educational sixth form, on the Wirral Peninsula.

The school has strong academic success, evidenced in its 2019 exam results (the most recent formally-assessed exams); 79% of all GCSE grades were A*–B (or 9–6). West Kirby Grammar School has also adopted High-Performance Learning (HPL) in its curriculum. This evidence-based approach to education is based on the idea that there are no limits to a student’s potential and West Kirby Grammar School is on a journey to become an accredited World-Class HPL School.

Beyond the curriculum, West Kirby Grammar School has a particularly extensive co-curricular and international outreach programme, including Combined Cadet Force activities in partnership with Calday Grange Grammar School, science visits to CERN and NASA and annual/biennial expeditions which involve working with children in Inner Mongolia.

West Kirby Grammar School is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

11 plus information for West Kirby Grammar School

  • Address: West Kirby Grammar School, Graham Road, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 5DP

  • County: Merseyside

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01516 323449

  • School type: Girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,260

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: Tuesday 3rd May 2022

  • 11 plus exam dates: Monday 19th September 2022

  • Exam board type: GL Assessments

West Kirby Grammar School term dates

The term dates for West Kirby Grammar School in 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September – 20th 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

Admissions process for West Kirby Grammar School

West Kirby Grammar School operates a joint admissions process with Calday Grange Grammar School, Wirral Grammar School for Boys and Wirral Grammar School for Girls. This admissions process is managed by Wirral Council.

There are 180 places available for Year 7 girls at West Kirby Grammar School in 2023. Children who attain the qualifying score in the 11 plus exam (taken at a testing centre on 19th September 2022) will be eligible to be considered for admission.

Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names West Kirby Grammar School will be admitted to the school. If more children reach the required standard than there are places at the school, children in the following categories will be offered a place in order:

  1. Looked after children or previously looked after children

  2. Children with a valid medical reason that is supported by a doctor’s letter

  3. Up to 15 places for children on Free School Meals who achieve the qualifying score in rank order of the shortest walking distance from the school

  4. Children who have a sibling at the school at the time of admission

  5. Preference will be given to children with the shortest walking distance from the school

What is the catchment area for West Kirby Grammar School?

West Kirby Grammar School does not have a defined catchment area. The school welcomes pupils from all areas of the Wirral peninsula as well as Chester, North Wales, Liverpool and Warrington.

How to apply for West Kirby Grammar School

Applications to Year 7 at West Kirby Grammar School are managed by Wirral Council. If you would like to register your daughter for the 11 plus assessment, you will need to complete the online registration form between 1st May and 31st May 2022.

Following the results of the 11 plus test and by 31st October 2022, you will need to complete a Local Authority admissions form, naming West Kirby Grammar School as your preference. If you are a resident within the Wirral Local Authority, this can be done on the Wirral Council website.

When is the West Kirby Grammar School 11 plus exam taken?

Registration for the 11 plus test at West Kirby Grammar School opened on Sunday 1st May and will close on Tuesday 31st May 2022. The 11 plus exam will be taken at a test centre on 19th September 2022.

Parents can expect to receive the results of the assessment on around 21st 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.

West Kirby Grammar School 11 plus exam format

The 11 plus exam for West Kirby Grammar School will consist of two papers, both provided by GL Assessment. These papers will take around an hour each (including time in which the invigilator will read out instructions) and will include questions on verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and maths. Note that this is a change from CEM – the provider from 2019 and previous years.

So that children are not disadvantaged because of their date of birth, the score for the tests is adjusted to take into account each child’s age in years and months to determine a Standardised Age Score (SAS). The test scores from both papers are then added together, and children who have reached the qualifying score (normally the score of the 210th child, ranked in order from highest to lowest) will be deemed eligible for a place.

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How to prepare for the West Kirby Grammar School 11 plus

It's best to start preparing as early as possible for the 11 plus exam at West Kirby Grammar School to give your child the maximum amount of time to master the Key Stage 2 core curriculum before the exam.

A good way to prepare is to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the GL exams. Carrying out mock tests helps students practice answering questions under pressure and improve their exam technique and time management.

Example of an 11 plus maths mock test for West Kirby Grammar School on Atom Nucleus

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There is also a familiarisation guide on the Wirral Council website, which takes pupils through the types of questions they may be asked.

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