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Yorkshire Grammar Schools 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Yorkshire Grammar Schools 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

Which grammar schools in Yorkshire use the 11 plus?

There are six grammar schools that span the counties of Yorkshire. These are under the remit of three Local Authorities: Calderdale (West Yorkshire), Kirklees (West Yorkshire) and North Yorkshire.

Calderdale (West Yorkshire)

Kirklees (West Yorkshire)

North Yorkshire

Keep reading to learn about the specific 11 plus admissions process and 11 plus exam content for the grammar schools in Yorkshire.


The Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale grammar schools

Calderdale grammar schools 11 plus at a glance

  • Schools: The Crossley Heath School and North Halifax Grammar School

  • Registration opens: 1st April 2022

  • Registration closes: 1st July 2022

  • Exam board: GL

  • Exam date: 24th September 2022

  • Common Application Form (CAF) submission: 31st October 2022

  • Results: 22nd October 2022

  • National School Allocation Day: 1st March 2023

How do I register my child for the 11 plus exam in Calderdale?

To register your child for the 11 plus exam at The Crossley Heath School or North Halifax Grammar School, you will need to complete the school’s assessment registration form before 1st July 2022.

You will also need to complete the Common Application Form (CAF) to apply for a place at one of these schools. This will be available on the Calderdale Council website if you are a local resident. All English Local Authority CAFs need to be submitted by 31st October 2022.

What is covered in the 11 plus exam in Calderdale, West Yorkshire?

Applicants to grammar schools in Calderdale will sit two 11 plus papers, which will be answered on optical mark reader sheets. These are administered by GL Assessments:

Parents will receive information about the venue and timetable for the tests by Monday 12th September 2022. The tests will take place on Saturday 24th September and parents will receive the test results by Saturday 22nd October 2022.

Yorkshire Calderdale 11 plus mock test on Atom Nucleus Atom Nucleus has 11 plus mock tests that replicate the papers sat in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.

What is the pass mark for 11 plus exam in Calderdale, West Yorkshire?

There are 180 places available at each school, with approximately 1,200 applicants in total. The 360 children who receive the top marks in the 11 plus exams will be eligible for a place at one of the two schools – this is known as the ‘required standard’.


Kirklees Council Grammar Schools

Kirklees Council grammar schools 11 plus at a glance

  • Schools: Heckmondwike Grammar School

  • Registration opens: May 2022 (date TBC)

  • Registration closes: 27th June 2022

  • Exam board: School’s own

  • Exam dates: 19th September 2022

  • Common Application Form (CAF) submission: 31st October 2022

  • Results: 17th October 2022

  • National School Allocation Day: 1st March 2023

How do I register my child for the 11 plus exam in Kirklees?

To register your child to sit the 11 plus exam at Heckmondwike Grammar School, you will need to complete the school’s exam registration form before 27th June 2022.

You will also need to apply for a school place on the Common Application Form (CAF) for your Local Authority before 31st October 2022. This will be available on the Kirklees Council website from 1st September 2022 if you are a local resident.

What is covered in the 11 plus exam in Kirklees?

Heckmondwike Grammar School has not yet released details about the format and content of its 11 plus exam (familiarisation papers will be available from late in the summer term).

However, pupils can expect to be tested on a range of reasoning skills.

Yorkshire Kirklees 11 plus mock test on Atom Nucleus Atom Nucleus has 11 plus mock exams that replicate the papers taken in the Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

What is the pass mark for the 11 plus exam in Kirklees?

There is no ‘official’ pass mark for Heckmondwike Grammar School’s 11 plus exam. After candidates take the exam, the marks are age-standardised and ranked in order. Places will then be offered to the students who are in approximately the top 25%.


North Yorkshire Grammar Schools

North Yorkshire grammar schools 11 plus at a glance

  • Schools: Ermysted’s Grammar School, Ripon Grammar School and Skipton Girls’ High School

  • Registration opens: 6th April – 1st May 2022 (date dependent on school)

  • Registration closes: 26th June – 5th September 2022 (date dependent on school)

  • Exam board: GL

  • Exam dates: 10th, 11th and 24th September 2022 (date dependent on school)

  • Results: 10th–14th October 2022 (date dependent on school)

  • Common Application Form (CAF) submission: 31st October 2022

  • National School Allocation Day: 1st March 2023

How do I register my child for 11 plus exam in North Yorkshire?

To register your child for the 11 plus exam at Ermysted’s Grammar School, Ripon Grammar School or Skipton Girls’ High School, you will need to complete an assessment registration form which will be available on each school’s website before the deadline.

You will also need to apply for a school place through your Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF). For residents of North Yorkshire, this will be available on the North Yorkshire County Council website. The Local Authority CAF deadline is 31st October 2022 for all secondary schools in England.

What is covered in the 11 plus exam in North Yorkshire?

The three grammar schools in North Yorkshire use GL Assessments as their 11 plus exam provider. However, the schools differ in terms of which papers and subjects are examined:

  • Ermysted’s Grammar School: Two multiple-choice papers (each 50 minutes), covering English, mathematics, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning

  • Ripon Grammar School: Two multiple-choice papers in verbal reasoning (50 minutes) and non-verbal reasoning (40 minutes)

  • Skipton Girls’ High School: Three multiple-choice papers in English, maths and verbal reasoning (each 50 minutes)

North Yorkshire 11 plus mock tests on Atom Nucleus Atom Nucleus has 11 plus mock tests that replicate the papers sat by the schools in North Yorkshire.

What is the pass mark for the 11 plus in North Yorkshire?

The pass mark, also known as the ‘cut-off mark’ or the ‘required standard’, differs depending on the school. However, all schools will combine each candidates’ results into one overall score, which is then age-standardised before ranked in descending order.


When should I begin preparing my child for the 11 plus exam in Yorkshire?

It’s best to start preparing for the 11 plus at the end of Year 4 or the beginning of Year 5. This will give your child plenty of time to develop and refine their exam technique, learn how to manage their time in the exam and practice rapid recall. For 11 plus exams that include verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, preparing well in advance is necessary for your child to familiarise themselves with the new question formats.

The 11 plus is designed to be academically challenging and to identify children who are working above age-related expectations. If your child is not yet working at or above the expectations for their year group, we suggest starting 11 plus preparation earlier and making sure your child fully understands the Key Stage 2 core curriculum before moving onto 11 plus exam prep.

How Atom can help your child prepare for the 11 plus

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Here are our top tips to help your child prepare for the 11 plus exam in 2022:

Build strong foundational knowledge: A solid understanding of the Key Stage 2 curriculum in English and maths is vital, as this will be assessed regardless of which school you’re applying for. Make sure your child feels comfortable and confident with the curriculum content before moving on to exam prep.

Preparation is key: Once your child has mastered the curriculum content, make sure they familiarise themselves with the question formats and known styles ahead of the 11 plus exam. Atom gives your child access to unlimited mock tests that mirror the content, format and structure of both the CEM and GL exams!

Access to immediate support: Your child will need clarity while working through challenging topics to help them feel really confident. Atom Nucleus gives your child access to video tutorials, help sheets, question examples and over 400 recorded (fun) lessons, helping them to build confidence and competence in all the areas covered in the 11 plus exam.

Engage with their progress: celebrate your child’s improvement in their areas of challenge together! Atom’s Parent Portal can provide you with an accurate and ongoing assessment of your child’s areas of strength and development with data-driven insights.

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