Spalding Grammar School

Admissions and 11 Plus exam information for Spalding Grammar School. Use the site to help you find out how to be successful with an 11 Plus exam application to Spalding Grammar School.

11 Plus Entry Information for Spalding Grammar School

Spalding Grammar School selects its students by ability and the intake comes from Spalding and the surrounding area. The school is smaller than average in size with a larger than average sixth form comprising just under one third of the total school population. About a quarter of the sixth form is made up of girls. While the proportion of students eligible for free school meals is low, around one third of the students in the sixth form are eligible for the education maintenance allowance. The proportion of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities is very low, as is the proportion from minority ethnic groups. The majority of students are White British. The school has acquired specialist status in languages and engineering. The school has been awarded the Sportsmark and Intermediate International Schools Awards.

County Lincolnshire
Address Spalding Grammar School, Priory Road, Spalding PE11 2XH
Type Boys’ Grammar
Pupils 944
Places in Year 7 150
Open Days July/September
Spalding Grammar School 11+ Resources Verbal Reasoning resources          Non Verbal Reasoning resources
Competition 4+ applicants for every place
Exam Format GL 11 Plus, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning
School Website

Spalding Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

The 11 Plus Exam format for Spalding Grammar School is written by GL Assessment. Some schools in Lincolnshire have the same exam and this grants entry for these selected schools. The exam format is as follows.

Paper 1 55 minute long Verbal Reasoning paper. The paper is split into a number of sections with an explanation at the beginning of each section.
Paper 2 35 minute long Non Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning paper. Includes 5 subtests with an untimed practice section at the beginning of each section.

Spalding Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Paper

Some publishers have access to the exam format and produce their own mirror papers which aim to replicate what an 11 Plus exam for this consortium might look like.

We understand that these publishers get the information from familiarisation packs sent to parents, teachers, local tutors and pupils who have sat the test. The tests can of course change at any time and these papers only aim to give a good idea of what to expect, however, they are very useful and most parents use them at some point.

The ones we would suggest are from Learning Street. They are of high quality and cheaper than any others we have seen. Direct links to the papers are below and Learning Street produce them as mock exams which is unique ( so you can run your own mock exam at home). Links to the papers are below:

Lincolnshire 11 Plus Mock Exam 1

Lincolnshire 11 Plus Mock Exam 2

Lincolnshire 11 Plus Mock Exam 3

Lincolnshire 11 Plus Mock Exam 4

Lincolnshire 11 Plus Mock Exam Papers Bundle (packs 1-4)

How to prepare for the Spalding Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

Essentially you have 5 options when it comes to helping your child to prepare.

1/ Some parents use a Private Tutor. If you want to start your search for a suitable one, we provide links to some Private tutors in Lincolnshire to help you. These can cost between £2500 and £6000 a year. For help thinking about which private tutor might be right for you see our guidance page.

2/ Other parents use a Tuition Centre with group tuition. If you want to start your search for a suitable one, we provide links to some Tuition centres in Lincolnshire to help you. These can cost between £1500 and £3500 for a year. For help thinking about which tuition centre might be right for you see our guidance page.

3/ If you are thinking of preparing at home using books then our 11 Plus Exam papers and books section provides lots of links and advice to help you choose which books to use and what to focus on. Preparation plans are also provided. Using this method is great for those parents prepared to take a more hands on approach. The average parent using this method spends about £300 on books and papers during the final year of preparation.

4/ A great option is a structured course. These courses gradually build up skills so you can focus on helping your child with the work provided. The best supplier is Learning Street which helps you prepare your child from home, ranging in price from £12 to £89 ( full cost – not monthly cost) it is the cheapest method of preparation. To find out their course suggestions for Spalding Grammar School 11 Plus preparation click the link.

5/  Online preparation. This is not something we recommend. Online solutions are growing more useful and reliable and for some aspects of preparation they can be useful but certainly not for all your preparation needs. They are also very expensive for what they provide with some coming in at £600- £1000 for a year depending on which options you select. For our rationale on why we believe online preparation is not a good solution yet click through to the page 11 Plus online preparation.

Spalding Grammar School 11 Plus Exam – Further Help

This website has lots of information which can help you aside from the ones we have directed you to above:

If you are thinking about doing an 11 Plus Mock Exam, then we have a page with 11 Plus Mock Exams in Lincolnshire.

We have all sorts of pages related to preparing for the exam and getting ready for the exam day itself including:

Top Ten 11 plus Preparation Tips

Last Minute Preparation Solutions

11 Plus Exam Day Tips

11 Plus Exam Forum – Lincolnshire Pages- where we have pre-answered the most common questions

And of course there is a wealth of information including preparation plans in our exam papers and books section for Lincolnshire.