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Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

Wirral Grammar School for Girls is a selective school that was founded in 1931.

The school has consistently high academic results, with between 98% and 100% of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs graded 9–5 each year. Wirral Grammar School for Girls is also a Specialist Language College, a Humanities College and a Science College. Its accolades include Leading Edge School, School Inclusion Award and International School Award, among others.

Wirral Grammar School for Girls is committed to ensuring that each girl’s learning experience is the best it can possibly be. The school has recently undergone an £11 million site redevelopment, which includes interactive whiteboard technology in all classrooms, Apple computers in computer suites, a fitness suite and ten fully-equipped laboratories.

Wirral Grammar School for Girls was judged to be ‘Oustanding’ in all areas by Ofsted.

11 plus information for Wirral Grammar School for Girls

  • Address: Wirral Grammar School for Girls, Heath Road, Bebington, Wirral, CH63 3AF

  • County: Merseyside

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01516 448282

  • School type: Girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,000

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: Tuesday 3rd May and Wednesday 4th May 2022

  • 11 plus exam dates: Monday 19th September 2022

  • Exam board type: GL Assessments

Wirral Grammar School for Girls term dates

The term dates for Wirral Grammar School for Girls in 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 20th December

  • Half term: 21st – 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 Wirral Grammar School for Girls

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

There are 180 places available in Year 7 at Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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 Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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. Girls in public care

  2. Girls with a valid medical reason supported by a doctor’s letter

  3. Up to 15 places for children on Free School Meals at the time of application

  4. Girls with a sibling attending the school at the time of application

  5. Priority will be given to girls with a parent who has been a member of staff at the school for a minimum of two years

  6. Girls who live closest to the school as measured from the school gate by the shortest road possible

What is the catchment area for Wirral Grammar School for Girls?

Wirral Grammar School for Girls does not have a defined catchment area.

How to apply for Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Applications to Year 7 at Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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 Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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 Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 plus exam taken?

Registration for the 11 plus test at Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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.

Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 plus exam format

The 11 plus exam for Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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 Wirral Grammar School for Girls 11 plus

Wirral Grammar School for Girls will be holding an 11 plus familiarisation session at the school on Saturday 18th June 2022. This is an excellent opportunity for your daughter to familiarise herself with the format of the assessment, learn how to complete the answer sheets, and see the style of questions that could be used on the paper in September. The session will last one hour and is free of charge. To register your child for this session, complete the application form on the school website.

It's best to start preparing as early as possible for the 11 plus exam at Wirral Grammar School for Girls 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.

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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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