Many parents and tuition centres can feel confused about how the Birmingham 11 plus is organised, and what is tested, so this page aims to explain the basics.


In Birmingham, there are 8 grammar schools. 

These schools are state schools and do not charge fees. 

Entry is offered based on examination results.


The following 8 schools:

  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, 
  • (last entry score in '11 was 232, in '12 was 234, in '13 was 240, in '14 was 235, in '15 was 243, in '16 was 239, 
  • in '17 is 240)

  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, 
  • (last entry score in '11 was 222, in '12 was 225, in '13 was 229, in '14 was 226, in '15 was 231, in '16 was 235, 
  • in '17 is 235)

  • King Edward VI Five Ways (co-ed),  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 227, in '12 was 225, in '13 was 227, in '14 was 224, in '15 was 232, in '16 was 233, 
  • in '17 is 233)

  • King Edward VI Aston (boys),  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 215, in '12 was 216, in '13 was 220, in '14 was 214, in '15 was 224, in '16 was 221,     in '17 is 222)

  • King Edward VI Handsworth (girls), 
  •  (last entry score in '11 was 211, in '12 was 215, in '13 was 216, in '14 was 215, in '15 was 219, in '16 was 223, 
  • in '17 is 222)

  • Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls,  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 207, in '12 was 210, in '13 was 215, in '14 was 211, in '15 was 215, in '16 was 218, 
  • in '17 is 217)

  • Bishop Vesey's Grammar (boys)  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 215, in '12 was 212, in '13 was 217, in '14 was 217, in '15 was 219, in '16 was 220, 
  • in '17 is 222)

  • Handsworth Grammar School (boys)
  •  (last entry score in '14 was 203, in '15 was 207, in '16 was 209, in '17 is 208)

form the Birmingham Grammar School consortium.

The pass scores above from offer day for 2015 entry decreased by up to 7 points as children from the waiting list were offered places.

Dates refer to the year in which children began their secondary school education.

Last entry score refers to the last score offered on offer day in March; waiting lists may have moved after that.


From the examination taken in 2014 (2015 Year 7 cohort, the Grammar Schools of King Edward VI have prioritised 20% of their place for pupils who are eligible for pupil premium funding (i.e. eligible for free school meals). This means that 'PP' pupils in the 2014 cohort gained entry to the schools with the following 'last-scores':


King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys: last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 219, in '16 was 224

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls:last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 210, in '16 was 216

King Edward VI Five Ways (co-ed):last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 206, '16 was 210

King Edward VI Aston (boys): last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 207, in '16 was 209

King Edward VI Handsworth (girls): last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 209, in '16 was 209


There is one examination for entry to all/any of the above 7 schools.

The examination is set by the University of Durham CEM. 

No past papers are available.


This examination now allocates approximately:

50% of points for Literacy/Verbal Reasoning skills, 

25% for Mathematics skills 

25% for Non-Verbal Reasoning skills.


Within the literacy section the examination usually tests comprehension and vocabulary knowledge.

The examination format is always subject to change; solid literacy skills in all areas remain important.


Parents in Birmingham have six preferences for schools on their secondary school application form. 

Parents in Solihull have five preference choices.

Application forms for the Birmingham Consortium examination in 2017 are not yet available.



All applicants will be able to list Birmingham or Warwickshire grammar schools on the final Local Authority CAF form in October, regardless of where you live and where you took the examination (assuming you check the box to share information with Warks/Bham LA).

A sample test paper is available here.
This is intended to indicate format and not level of difficulty.

 For Year 5 children, registration forms are available to complete here  

The closing date for applications was 30 June 2017 (or 21 June for disability adjustment requests). 

The examination will be held on Saturday 9 September.

 Parents should receive their child's test score by 13th October allowing an informed decision to be made on preference choices, due by 31 October 2016 at the latest.


Independent Schools

There are several selective Independent Schools (fee paying) in Birmingham. 

They can provide scholarships to highly performing students and fee assistance to children who have performed well and who are financially eligible. 

The application form for King Edward's High School (Girls) is available here 

The application form for King Edward's School (Boys) is available here



Grammar Schools in Neighbouring Authorities

Warwickshire  

King Edward VI School, Stratford Upon Avon (Boys)

Stratford Upon Avon Grammar School for Girls

Alcester Grammar (co-ed)

These schools have a 'priority area' of around 17 miles radius from Stratford upon Avon clock tower. 

The area includes most of Solihull and a small part of Hall Green/Kings Norton. 

This map shows the priority area.

If you live near to the 'red line', is advisable to check with Warwickshire Admissions whether you reside in the area or not.

The Warwickshire consortium and Birmingham consortium will be having a 'joint' examination on 9th September (see above). If you intend to apply for Warwickshire grammar schools as well as Birmingham grammar schools, please tick the relevant box on the form. 


Walsall 

Queen Mary's Grammar School (boys)

Queen Mary's High School (girls)

Application forms for the Walsall & area consortium examination are available here

The deadline for applications was 7th July.

The examination will be held on Monday 18th September 2017.  


The Birmingham and Walsall grammar schools have no 'catchment' and children travel from across the West Midlands (and beyond!) to attend the schools. 

Only the Warwickshire grammars have a priority area.