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 was 240, in '18 was 242)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

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

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

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

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

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

Bishop Vesey Grammar (boys): last entry score for PP pupils in '17 was 204, in '18 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.

Application forms for the Birmingham Consortium examination in 2018 are now 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 familiarisation 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 is 4pm on 29 June 2017 (or 20 June for disability adjustment requests). 

The examination will be held on Saturday 8 September.

 Parents receive their child's test score by 12th October allowing an informed decision to be made on preference choices, which are due by 31 October 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. 


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 had a 'joint' examination on 9th September (see above). 


Walsall 

Queen Mary's Grammar School (boys) - Cut off for offers for 2017 entry on 1 March was 324, in 2018 was 337

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

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

The closing date for applications is 4pm on 6 July 2018 . 

The examination will be held on Monday 17 September.

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


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.