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11 Plus: Information for Birmingham

With only a limited number of available spots in grammar schools, the 11 Plus examination is undoubtedly one of the most highly competitive selective tests for primary school students.

As such, the exam has become a highly sought-after opportunity for students aiming to secure a place in a grammar school.

With so much at stake, it’s no wonder that the competition is fierce, and students must put in a tremendous amount of effort and dedication to achieve success.

Continue reading for essential information about the 11 Plus examination.

11-Plus Exam

What is the 11 Plus?

The 11 Plus is an entrance examination used to determine a student’s suitability for admission into a grammar school.

Grammar schools in the UK require children to demonstrate their academic ability in the exam before offering places.

Grammar schools are renowned for their capacity to provide a far superior education compared to comprehensive schools.

Naturally, getting enrolled in a grammar school can be a bit of a challenge.

The examination currently consists of four components:

When is the exam taken?

Your child may take the 11 Plus examination at their primary school, typically at the beginning of Year 6. In some cases, children may also be able to take the exam towards the end of Year 5

However, it is not unusual for your child to sit the exam in the school they are applying to.

As a result, your child needs to be prepared to take the exam in an unknown environment. Take a look at our mock examinations page to get a better idea of what to expect in the exam.

Are children prepared for the 11 Plus exams in primary school?

While the 11 Plus exam is a crucial step to secondary education for many, primary schools do not prepare children for the exam.

The reason for this is quite simple: the UK’s national curriculum does not include the 11 Plus. Thus, primary school education may not be sufficient to gear students up for the exam.

When should children begin preparing for the 11 Plus?

In most instances, children are able to excel at the 11 Plus when they start studying and revising at least one full year before the exam.

This means most children are around nine at the time.

However, this is not a rule of thumb. The right age for children to begin preparations depends entirely on their abilities.

Why Tuition Tree?

Children and their parents alike may feel the 11 Plus process is a stressful time. Tuition Tree is here to help you.

We are friendly and welcoming, with our goal being to guide you and your child through the exam.

We aim to provide every student we tutor with the best possible chance of passing the exam with flying colours.

Qualifying marks for entry into grammar schools in Birmingham

There are a number of grammar schools in Birmingham that each have individual mark requirements in the 11 Plus exam before places are awarded.

The number of available places and 11 Plus qualifying scores for Birmingham schools in 2023 are as follows:






Priority Score
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School192205N/A
King Edward VI Aston School140205224
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys150205224
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls150205224
King Edward VI Five Ways School180205224
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys150205224
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls192205224
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls180205N/A


This data has been collected from the Grammar Schools in Birmingham website.


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