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Secondary Schools and the 11 Plus


At the start of Y6 all parents are asked to complete a secondary school preference form. There are several different types of secondary school in the Sleaford area and they all admit children in a slightly different way.


Gaining a place at a grammar school has an additional element. If you want to go to Carre's (boys) or Kesteven and Sleaford High School (girls), you have to pass a test (11+) and put them down as first choice/preference. In Sleaford, children sit the test in their primary school in September. You get to find out how your child did in the test before you need to fill in the form. As a general rule the children need to score 80% to achieve the pass mark. In the 11+ there are two tests. A verbal test (anagrams/codes/opposites) and a non-verbal test (visual odd one out/what is the next shape? etc). However, the 11+ doesn’t deal in percentages, it’s all about a standardised score, this is when the raw score is combined with a child’s age to produce a standardised IQ score (not out of 100). The children need a standardised score of 110 to pass, this is where the 220 pass mark comes from (you can actually get a standardised score of 100 in one test and 120 in the other and still get the pass mark). More simply you just need to remember that give or take a mark or two, a ‘pass’ is 80%.


The test is very old fashioned and the children will need to practise if they want to get 80%. It isn’t like anything the children normally do in school (and has no real practical value apart from use as an entrance exam). We do two familiarisation tests in school, nothing more, so extra familiarisation at home will definitely be needed. You can buy age appropriate practice papers that help the children prepare. These can be bought on-line and from WHSmiths.

Verbal Reasoning
Pack 1 ISBN 978-0-7087-1987-9

Pack 2 ISBN 978-0-7087-2049-3

Non-Verbal Reasoning
Pack 1 ISBN 978-07087-1986-2

Pack 2 ISBN 978-0-7087-2048-6


Mrs Browning is also running an 11+ club in school on Tuesdays, 3.30-4.30pm. It isn’t a ‘fun’ club as such and the children will need to be self-motivated if they choose to attend. Please contact the school office and fill in a club slip if you are interested.


Representatives from both Sleaford Grammar Schools will be able to answer all your questions about the 11+ and the application process on Wednesday 22 Jan 2020 – 5.30pm

Carre’s Grammar School (main hall)
Northgate, Sleaford NG34 7BD

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