11 Plus Schools

Birmingham and Walsall 11 Plus

For Entry in 2022

The Schools Admissions Code, that came into effect in 2012, stated that by law, schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for the Common Application form (CAF) on October 31st.

CEM 11 Plus – Birmingham Past Test Paper Content

Birmingham Historic Pass Marks

Arrangements for 11+ admissions in Birmingham have changed for entry from September 2011. There is now a “Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham”, comprising the following schools:

  • Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
  • King Edward VI Aston School
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
  • King Edward VI Five Ways School
  • King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
  • Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

There are eight Grammar Schools in Birmingham and they are extremely popular and entry is very competitive. Not every child achieving the qualifying score can be offered a place.

Birmingham and Warwickshire will be holding the same test on the same date. Warwickshire Grammar Schools and Birmingham Grammar Schools will only administer the test for children registered with them. Children wishing to sit tests for both Warwickshire and Birmingham Grammar Schools should only register once and only sit the test in either Birmingham or Warwickshire. Parents registering for the Grammar Schools in Birmingham will need to tick a box online if they wish their child’s test results to be shared with the Warwickshire Grammar Schools.

Information about the pass marks need to gain entry to the Birmingham Grammar Schools can be viewed here.

Information about the two Walsall grammar schools can be found by scrolling down this page.

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Admissions Information for Consortium Schools for September 2022 entry

The selective test of The Grammar Schools in Birmingham foundation is shared with the testing process in Warwickshire

Closing date for Applications Wednesday 30th June 2021 by 4pm
(Registration opens Tuesday 4th May 2021)
11+ test dates Saturday 11th September 2021
Test Types Two paper approximately 50 minutes each. The papers will be divided into smaller individually timed sections.
They comprise of:
* Verbal Ability (tests vocabulary, comprehension, verbal reasoning)
* Non-Verbal Ability (tests the ability to see how objects relate to each other)
* Numerical Ability (tests the ability to solve mathematical problems)
* Reading comprehension
Most of the questions are multiple-choice. The marks will be standardised to take account of differences in age and then added together.
Sample questions will be sent to parents on receipt of the completed registration form.
Test Format Multiple Choice
Examiners CEM – University of Durham
Previous Year’s Pass Mark For information about pass marks please see Historic Pass Marks
11+ Test Results October 2021
Allocations 1st March 2022
Appeals deadline TBC
Admissions Birmingham City Council
Tel: 0121 303 1888
Email: admissions@birmingham.gov.uk
The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Consortium
Tel: 0121 415 6004
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The CEM 11 Plus by the University of Durham is allegedly “tutor proof”, although we provide information about past test paper content to allow you to get an overview of the type of content that comes up in the tests. For further guidance on relevant preparation please read the Birmingham section of our 11+ Forum.

Birmingham Consortium Schools General Information

School Admissions Gender Places Open Events
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
Lichfield Road,
Sutton Coldfield,
B74 2NH
0121 250 5400
Admissions Policy 2022 Boys 192 TBC
King Edward VI Aston School
Frederick Road,
B6 6DJ
0121 327 1130
Admissions Policy 2022 Boys 140 TBC
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
B14 7QJ
0121 444 3188
Admissions Policy 2022 Boys 120 TBC
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
Grove Lane,
West Midlands
B21 9ET
0121 554 2794
Admissions Policy 2022 Boys 150 Tuesday 24th June 2021 5-8pm Thursday 16th September 2021 5-8pm
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
Vicarage Road
Kings Heath
B14 7QJ
0121 444 2150
Admissions Policy 2022 Girls 150 TBC
King Edward VI Five Ways School
Scotland Lane
Bartley Green
B32 4BT
0121 475 3535
Admissions Policy 2022 Mixed 180 TBC
King Edward VI Handsworth School
Rose Hill Road,
B21 9AR
0121 554 2342
Admissions Policy 2022 Girls 192 TBC
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls
Jockey Road
Sutton Coldfield
B73 5PT
0121 354 1479
Admissions Policy 2022 Girls 180 TBC


Queen Mary’s Grammar School & Queen Mary’s High School

Now part of the ’Consortium of Grammar Schools for Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

These schools are now part of a new Consortium set up recently for the ease of Grammar School applications.
see this page for details.

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.

Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.

Page updated on 28th April 2021