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Library not so much excellent as inspirational. Superb head librarian uses every ploy in the book to get boys reading, including events where authors, including former pupil, crime writer Mark Billingham, talk about their work.Parents report quick and effective response to problems. Thriving house system, massively competitive - ‘the boys love their house competitions’, the head told us. This is definitely a school where people look out for each other...

 

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Entrance examinations consist of: 11 1st test - verbal and numerical reasoning. 2nd test - non-verbal reasoning. No interview.

Sample papers available commercially.

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State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since 2021, Mr R Bowen MA NPQH, previously deputy head of
Bishop Vesey's Grammar School.

Entrance

School now operates a catchment area. Entry by exam in verbal, numerical and non-verbal reasoning. Admission is in ranked by distance (for those who achieve a certain score) after allocation of places for looked after children, previously looked after children and those children who are eligible for the pupil premium. Some places out of catchment are available, awarded in rank order of qualifying scores. The process is pitilessly Darwinian and the papers are tutor-resistant. Expect the experience to be excruciatingly stressful for your entire family.

For sixth formers a degree of flexibility. At least a grade 7 at GCSE in subjects you intend to study at A level, though the school might consider one 6...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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