11 plus West Midlands grammar schools guide

Welcome to our 11 plus West Midlands grammar schools guide, including 2024’s best West Midlands schools uk.


Our 11 plus West Midlands grammar schools guide


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West Midlands 11 plus dates

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The full details of these West Midlands grammar schools 11+ entry exam and key West Midlands 11 plus exam dates are shown below:

West Midlands’ grammar schools: Bishop Wordsworth’s School (BWS) and South Wilts Grammar School (SWGS) – both in Salisbury. These schools have their own 11+ exams and key dates.

  • 1st June 2024: SWGS 11+ registration opens

  • 30th June 2024: BWS 11+ registration closes

  • 1st September 2024: Wiltshire County Council opens secondary school applications and SWGS 11+ registration closes

  • 14th September 2024: SWGS familiarisation test

  • 21st September 2024: SWGS 11+ exam

  • 28th September 2024: BWS 11+ exam

  • 11th October 2024: parents receive SWGS exam results

  • Mid-October 2024: parents receive BWS exam results

  • 31st October 2024: secondary school common application deadline

  • 3rd March 2025: 11 plus national school offers day

What is the West Midlands 11 plus mark mark?

Whilst there is no West Midlands 11 plus pass mark, the West Midlands 11 plus results day is still important!

11 plus applicants with the highest qualifying scores are offered West Midlands grammar school places. This 11 plus placement system means that the West Midlands pass mark varies from year to year. It also varies across the eight West Midlands grammar schools.


How to know if your child is on track to pass?

We advise that West Midlands 11 plus pupils who are consistently scoring around the 80 to 85% mark (or higher!) will pass the Birmingham grammar school 11 plus exam.

You can find out more about how other grammar schools calculate their 11 plus pass mark here.

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Which are the top West Midlands schools?

Compare West Midlands schools performance.


Best West Midlands state schools and best grammar schools in the West Midlands

Regional rank / school / national rank

1. King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon (9)
2. King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, Birmingham (13=)
3. King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Birmingham (20)
4. Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls (29)
5. Stratford Girls’ Grammar School (30)
6. Rugby High School (47)
7. King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham (48)
8. Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Sutton Coldfield (54)
9. Newport Girls’ High School (64)
10. St Paul’s School for Girls, Edgbaston (90)

Best comprehensive schools in the West Midlands

1. St Paul’s School for Girls, Edgbaston (90)
2. Arden Academy, Solihull (167=)
3. North Leamington School, Leamington Spa (172)
4. Kenilworth School (206)
5. Kings Norton Girls’ School and Sixth Form (209=)

Best private schools in the West Midlands

1. King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham (10)
2. Concord College (48)
3. King Edward’s School, Birmingham (52)
4. King’s High School, Warwick (116=)
5. Solihull School (135)
6. RGS Worcester (139)
7. The King’s School, Worcester (143)
8. Wolverhampton Grammar School (152)
9. Edgbaston High School for Girls (154)
10. Warwick School (160)


How do I interpret West Midlands school league tables?

These West Midlands school league table rankings are based on the national GCSE and A-Level exams. Non-exam based criteria may are also used to determine the rankings.

So, you need to conduct your own analysis to determine which West Midlands school best suits your child’s specific needs.


Ofsted Reports for West Midlands schools

Check the latest Ofsted report too. Each Ofsted report is an analysis of that school’s teachers’ professional competence  Plus, whether Ofsted’s performance standards have been met across the school. There are three possible outcomes: under-achieving; achieving; or outstanding.


How to get my child into a top local West Midlands school?

Getting your child into the best West Midlands school for them is all about:

  • Researching which are the highest rated West Midlands schools in your local area.
  • Planning West Midlands education alternatives in advance – since there is of course no guarantee of your first choice West Midlands school working out.

  • Realistically assessing your current financial situation.


When are my West Midlands school’s open days?

So now you need to visit each of your chosen West Midlands schools. Which has the right ethos for your child.

Primarily though, which of the best West Midlands schools are nearby.


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