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


For the cohort starting Year 7 in September 2020 (current Year 5), the admissions criteria to KEVI schools is changing.

Further information about these changes and proposed catchment areas is available here


In Birmingham, there are 8 grammar schools. 

These schools are state schools and do not charge fees. 

The examination for these schools (and the Warwickshire 11 Plus, which is joint) is on 7 September 2019. 

The link to register is here. The deadline to register is 28 June at 4.00pm. 

Entry was previously offered based on examination results but will be linked to location from 2020 entry, for KEVI schools only.

These changes do not affect admission to Bishop Vesey's or Sutton Coldfield Grammar for Girls, who continue to admit by examination score, not location.


The information below regarding 'last entry score' concerns previous years and, with the new admission changes for the KEVI Grammars, will change (very significantly in some cases) for 2020 entry. 

  • 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 was 240, in '18 was 242, in '19 is 249)

  • 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 was 235, in '18 was 236, in '19 is 238)

  • 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 was 233, in '18 was 232, in '19 is 237)
  • 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 was 220, in '18 was 222, in '19 is 228)
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for 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 was 222, in '18 was 224, in '19 is 226)
  • 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 was 222, in '18 was 220, in '19 is 225)

  • 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 was 217, in '18 was 218, in '19 is 221)

  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
  •  (last entry score in '14 was 203, in '15 was 207, in '16 was 209, in '17 was 208, in '18 was 208, in '19 is 219)

form the Birmingham Grammar School consortium.

The pass scores above from offer day for entry can decrease by up to 2-7 points as children from the waiting list are 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 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, in '17 was 226, in '18 was 229, in '19 was 222

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls:

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 210, in '16 was 216, in '17 was 215, in '18 was 219, in '19 was 221

                                                                       King Edward VI Five Ways (co-ed):

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 206, '16 was 210, in '17 was 211, in '18 was 207, in '19 was 213

                                                                         King Edward VI Aston (boys): 

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 207, in '16 was 209, in '17 was 207, in '18 was 205, in '19 was 206

                                                                    King Edward VI Handsworth (girls): 

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 209, in '16 was 209, in '17 was 209, in '18 was 209, in '19 was 213

                                                                           Bishop Vesey Grammar (boys): 

last entry score for PP pupils in '17 was 204, in '18 was 204, in '19 was 204


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.


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 where needed).

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



Independent Schools

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

These include Solihull, Bromsgrove, King's Worcester, King's High (Warwick), Warwick, Priory and Lichfield Cathedral Schools. 

My pupils increasingly apply to King Edward's School and King Edward's High School, in Edgbaston, for their 11+ place, and every year a number receive scholarships and/or assisted places.

The link to register a girl for the KEHS examination is here.

The link to register a boy for the KES examination is here.

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


Grammar Schools in Neighbouring Authorities

Warwickshire  

King Edward VI School, Stratford Upon Avon (Boys)

Last entry score for 2017 entry on 1 March was 232, in 2018 was 230, in 2019 is 233

Stratford Upon Avon Grammar School for Girls

 Last entry score for 2017 entry on 1 March was 220, in 2018 was 222, in 2019 is 215

Alcester Grammar (co-ed)

Cut off for offers for 2017 entry on 1 March was 213, in 2018 was 215, in 2019 is 215


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. Children outside the priority area can still gain a place via the waiting list movement after 1 March, if they have a high score.

The Warwickshire consortium and Birmingham consortium have a 'joint' examination on 7 September. 

The link is the same as above for Birmingham and other LA candidates and is here for Warwickshire residents. 


Walsall 

The scores for this examination appear higher because it is a 'three-way' system with children being allocated a third of the marks for Maths, a third for VR and a third for NVR. Therefore the overall average will be 300.

Entry is offered based on examination results and not linked to location/catchment.

The examination for Walsall/Wolves/Wrekin Grammar schools is on Monday 16th September.

The link to register is here. The deadline to register is 5th July at 4.00pm. 

Queen Mary's Grammar School (boys) - Cut off for offers for '17 entry on 1 March was 324, in '18 was 337, in '19 is 334

Queen Mary's High School (girls) - Cut off for offers for 2017 entry on 1 March was 320, in 2018 was 320 in '19 is 325


 Parents will receive their child's 11+ test score by mid October allowing an informed decision to be made on preference choices, which are due by 31 October at the latest.