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Lawrence Sheriff School 11-Plus

Guide for students seeking entry into a Rugby Grammar School - September 2025

If you're considering enrolling your son at Lawrence Sheriff School, this page contains all the information you will need for the 2025 We have also provided useful information for each of the Rugby Grammar Schools which you find on this page, or by using the drop down menu.

Lawrence Sheriff School

Lawrence Sheriff School

Lawrence Sheriff School is a grammar school for boys in Rugby.

Alongside Rugby High and Ashlawn, Lawrence Sheriff is one of three schools in Rugby that select students based on academic ability. The school’s sixth form is mixed, offering a diverse learning environment.

The school is renowned for its exceptional academic performance and prioritises values of fairness, inclusivity, and respect.

Lawrence Sheriff’s vertical tutoring system is unique, allowing students to advance based on merit rather than age. As a result, some students take GCSEs in Year 9, and others may sit A Levels in Year 11, based on their academic progress.

Lawrence Sheriff School prides itself on providing an intellectually stimulating environment that encourages academic achievement and personal development.

School Information

Address: Clifton Road, Rugby, CV21 3AG Local authority: Warwickshire County Council School type: Boys' Grammar Headteacher: Teresa Mpofu National Rank: 54 Sunday Times Parent Power A Level Results: 85.3% A*-B GCSE Results: 76.8% 9/8/7 Ofsted Report: View Report № of Pupils: 1031 Student to Teacher Ratio: 17:1

Year 7 Entry Information

Admissions Contact: Online Form № of Year 7 Places: 150 Qualifying Score: 211 Last Cut-off Score: 211 Lowest admitted score last academic year 11-plus Exam Application: Apply Online 11-plus Registration Opens: May 2024 11-plus Registration Closes: 4pm, 30th June 2024 Open Day: Virtual Exam Date: September 2024 Exam Type: West Midlands 11+ Test National school offer day: 1st March 2025 Common Application Form (CAF) Deadline: 31st October 2024

Lawrence Sheriff School Term Dates

These are the 2024-2025 term dates for the Lawrence Sheriff School:

Autumn Term: 5th September – 22nd December 2023 Half Term: 30th October – 3rd November 2023 Spring Term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024 Half Term: 12th–16th February 2024 Summer Term: 8th April – 19th July 2024 Half Term: 27th–31st May 2024

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How far away is Lawrence Sheriff School?

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How to Apply to Lawrence Sheriff School

This particular school shares a common entrance test and admissions process with 18 other grammar schools in Birmingham, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Wallsall, and Wolverhampton. This means that your child is only required to take one exam in order to apply to any of these schools.

1: Register for the West Midlands 11-plus test

When your child reaches Year 5, sign them up for the 11 plus at Lawrence Sheriff School Online Here. Registration begins at 9am on the May 2024, and concludes at 4pm on 31st October 2024.

If your child is a recipient of Pupil Premium, make sure to indicate this on the registration form and provide the necessary documentation. This will give your child priority in accordance with the school's admission criteria.

2: Apply for School Places

Once your son has taken the 11-plus exam, you will receive the results in mid-October.

If your child receives a mark of 211 or above, they can put this, and other Rugby grammar schools on their local authority application form.

The application form must be submitted by 31st October 2024.

Before listing this school as a preference, you see the admissions criteria here

Select the area in which you live below to see which local authority you should use for your application.

3: National school offer day

On 1st March 2025 you will receive notification of the school where your child has been admitted. Your highest-ranked school preference that matches their qualifications and has available spots will be the school they are assigned to. In the event that none of your preferred schools have vacancies, an alternative school in your vicinity will be designated. .

Entry Criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 150.

Priority for admission is given to children who named Lawrence Sheriff School as their choice and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), and have attained the minimum academic standard that is required by the school or higher.

In cases where the number of qualifying children exceeds the available places (which is highly probable), the school follows a specific order when offering places:

  1. Children who have been Looked-After, or were previously Looked-After, and have attained at the automatic qualifying score in the 11 Plus, or 20 marks below it.
  2. A maximum of 30 places are offered to children receiving free school meals who live within the catchment area and have attained automatic qualifying score in the 11 Plus, or 20 marks below it.
  3. A maximum of 5 places are offered to children residing within the catchment area who are eligible for Service Premium and have attained the automatic qualifying score or 20 marks below it.
  4. Children residing in the catchment area who have attained the automatic qualifying score or above in the 11 Plus.
  5. Children residing in the priority circle of the catchment area who have attained the automatic qualifying score or above in the 11 Plus.

The catchment area for Lawrence Sheriff School comprises home addresses in the following areas:

  • Rugby plus the parishes of Dunchurch
  • Cawston
  • Thurlaston
  • Leamington Hastings
  • Birdingbury
  • Grandborough
  • Wolfhamcote
  • Willoughby
  • Binley Woods
  • Brinklow
  • Brandon and Bretford
  • Ryton-on-Dunsmore
  • Bubbenhall
  • Wolston
  • Church Lawford
  • Long Lawford
  • Stretton-on-Dunsmore
  • Princethorpe
  • Frankton
  • Marton
  • Bourton and Draycote
  • Churchover
  • Clifton-upon-Dunsmore
  • Combe Fields
  • Cosford
  • Easenhall
  • Harborough Magna
  • Kings Newnham
  • Little Lawford
  • Monks Kirby
  • Newton and Biggin
  • Pailton
  • Stretton-under-Fosse
  • Wibtoft
  • Willey
  • Withybrook

The priority circle for Lawrence Sheriff School is a 10.004 mile radius from the Rugby Water Tower.

What's on the 11-plus Exam in Rugby?

The exam will take place on the September 2024.

The West Midlands 11 plus test is provided by GL Assessment and consists of two papers, each taking approximately 60 minutes to complete. A brief period is allotted at the start of each paper for students to receive instructions and complete ungraded practice questions.

Each paper is subdivided into separately timed sections that evaluate students’ abilities in:

  • English comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

The test is exclusively in multiple-choice format, with no written portions. Students record their responses in a separate answer booklet that is graded electronically.

The mathematics and English questions examine students’ knowledge of Key Stage 2 national curriculum material, including Year 6 targets. It evaluates their ability to reason and apply their knowledge accurately.

The reasoning questions assess students’ logical and problem-solving abilities. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning are usually not taught in school. They are designed to measure how well students can detect patterns, connect ideas, and manipulate written and visual information.

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