11 Plus Schools

Lincolnshire 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.

Our thanks go to Alex, the moderator of the Lincolnshire section of our 11+ forum for supplementary information on this page.

Lincolnshire retains selective education in parts of the county with comprehensive education in other parts, including the city of Lincoln. There are 14 Grammar Schools and one Bi-Lateral School King Edward’s VI Humanities College in Spilsby. There are also 42 Comprehensive, Secondary Modern and non-selective Academy Schools.

The 11+ testing in Lincolnshire is co-ordinated by the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. Currently, 12 out of the 14 grammar schools together with King Edward’s VI Humanities College belong to the Consortium and follow the same testing arrangements. Caistor Grammar School administers its own tests. The Boston Grammar Schools Federation uses the same tests as the Consortium but has adopted a modified set of selection critieria.

Approximately 25% of children in Lincolnshire qualify for a grammar school through the 11+.

Parents need to register their child to take the tests. Packs containing information about the registration process, 11 Plus tests and 11+ testing registration forms are circulated to parents of children in Year 5 in April/May through the primary schools in the selective areas. We have been informed by some of the schools that the registration forms for those who live in the area must be returned as early as May, however this varies depending on which grammar school you are applying to. We recommend contacting the grammar school directly for clarification on this.

Parents whose children attend primary schools that are ‘out of county’ or in non-selective areas of Lincolnshire need to apply directly to a Grammar School. It is possible to download the Application Form from the Consortium website or here.

Completed registration forms should be returned through primary schools or by post direct to the appropriate grammar school. There is an opportunity to indicate on the form if there are any special educational needs or disability or any language difficulties that might impact on testing.

Children at primary schools in some of the selective areas may take the tests in their own school. In other areas and for all children at primary schools in other counties or in the non-selective areas of Lincolnshire the tests are taken on two consecutive Saturdays in September at any of the Grammar Schools.

Caistor Grammar School tests are also held on two consecutive Saturdays in September in the school. One of the dates may clash with the Consortium tests but it is possible to request a change of date for the Consortium test.

Results are posted out before secondary school application forms have to be submitted to the Local Authority.

Admissions Information (Consortium) – September 2022 Entry

Places please see below
Closing Dates 31st October 2021 for CAF form
Registration – TBC
11+ Test Dates Boston High School:-
Friday 10th September 2021 – Verbal Reasoning
Friday 17th September 2021 – Non-verbal Reasoning
All other Lincs Schools:
Saturday 18th September 2021- Verbal Reasoning
Saturday 25th September 2021- Non-verbal Reasoning
Test Types & Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning, multiple choice.
Test Details Verbal Reasoning consists of 80 questions to be answered in 50 minutes. The questions are split
into 15 or more sections with 5 or 6 questions of the same type per section. Questions are multiple-choice and can be
answered in any order throughout the 50-minute exam
Non-verbal Reasoning is taken one week after the Verbal Reasoning test and consists of 70 questions split into 5 sections (3 Non-Verbal
Reasoning sections and 2 Spatial Reasoning sections). The Non-Verbal & Spatial Reasoning test must be answered
one section at a time following precise instructions from the invigilator.
The qualification is a total standardised score of at least 220 on the two tests, and represents the ability of the most able 25% of pupils in the age group in primary schools in the selective areas of Lincolnshire. Please note that attainment of the minimum qualification standard does not of itself guarantee admission to any individual school.
Test Format Multiple Choice
Examiner GL Assessment
Results Posted on 8th October or 15th October(check schools website)
Allocation 1st March 2022
Admissions Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar School
Recommended Materials Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials
Non-Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials
GL Familiarisation Papers

Appropriate Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning

Lincolnshire’s test contains a selection from more than 21 types of questions. The following materials cover 21 types:

The few other types which may occur can be found in the Susan Daughtrey Verbal Reasoning Technique and Practice 1 to 4. Where materials are not available in Standard Format it is generally possible to ignore the multiple choice answer sheet and write the answers on the question sheet. GL Assessment 11 plus Verbal Reasoning Standard Format (ISBN: 9780708719909) contains only 15 types but are in the layout of the real test. Be aware that most practice tests allow more time than the real tests.

Lincolnshire Consortium Schools Information

School Admissions Type Gender Places Open Events
Boston Grammar School
(part of Boston Grammar Schools Federation, see below)
Admissions Policy 2022 Foundation Boys 120 January
Boston High School
(part of Boston Grammar Schools Federation, see below)
Admissions Policy 2022 Foundation Girl 108 TBC
Bourne Grammar School Admissions Policy 2022 Controlled Mixed 240 Various dates for different primary schools -see website
Carre’s Grammar School Admissions Policy 2021 Foundation Boys 120 Wed 7th July 2021 & Wed 13th October 2021
Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School Admissions Policy 2022 - Girls 174 Tuesday 13th July 2021 6pm
Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy Admissions Policy 2022 Community Girls 124 TBC
King Edward VI Grammar School
(Louth)
Admissions Policy 2022 Foundation Mixed 145 TBC
King Edward VI Academy
(Spilsby)
Admissions Policy 2022 Community Bi-Lateral Mixed 94 TBC
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Alford) Admissions Policy 2022 Academy Mixed 84 TBC
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Horncastle) Admissions Policy 2022 Foundation Mixed 120 early in the autumn term
Queen Elizabeth’s High School
(Gainsborough)
Admissions Policy 2022 Mixed 186 TBC
Skegness Grammar School Admissions Policy 2022 Foundation Mixed + boarding 132 TBC
Spalding Grammar School Admissions Policy 2022 Foundation Boys 150 TBC
Spalding High School Admissions Policy 2022 Community Girls 150 TBC
The King’s School Grantham Admission Policy 2022 Foundation Boys 174 TBC

Note: The Boston Grammar Schools Federation represents Boston Grammar School (South End) for boys, and Boston High School (Spilsby Road)for girls, which are both selective Foundation Schools. They are using the same tests, but the entry standard in any year will be the lowest raw mark attained by any child in Lincolnshire who attained 220 standardised marks. Effectively, there is no age standardisation but a minimum score tied in with the consortium’s standardisation process. The reason is that the schools have been struggling with falling rolls and financial problems and are trying to keep their heads above water until the projected population rise in a few years time. They also have reintroduced a non-statutory review process which no longer exists for the rest of Lincolnshire Grammars – primary headteachers who have pupils who have performed less well than expected are invited to contact the schools.

Caistor Grammar School

Caistor Grammar School administers its own tests and is not part of the Lincolnshire Consortium. There are two Verbal Reasoning tests, one standard format and one multiple choice. The tests take place in September and a minimum aggregate score of 220 is needed to gain admission to the school. The school does not reveal the examiners of the test, except that it is an outside company (probably NFER (GL Assessment). The admission number for Year 7 is 100 and the following statistics are provided by the school for the number of qualified applicants:

2011 137 qualified
2010 148 qualified
2009 150 qualified
2008 173 qualified
2007 172 qualified
2006 130 qualified

Out of those who reach an aggregate score of 220 or more, children with S.E.N (Statement of Special Need) are allocated a place first.
Then priority is given to the following:-

  • Children in care
  • Children who reside within 6.5 miles
  • Children with higher verbal reasoning scores

Caistor Grammar School Admissions Information for entry September 2022

Places 100 in Year 7
Open Evening Wed, 15th May 2019
Closing Dates 31st October 2021 for CAF form
Closes – 13th August 2021
11+ Test Dates Verbal Reasoning Standard Paper – 25th September 2021
Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Paper – 2nd October 2021
Test Types Verbal Reasoning Standard Paper and Verbal Reasoning Multiple Choice Paper
Test Format Multiple Choice
Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning Practice Materials For Caistor Grammar
Results Posted To Parents 19th October 2021
Allocation March 2022
Admissions Caistor Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2022

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 7th July 2021