Heads Up 13 May 2022


Support for Pupil Premium pupils to sit the 11+ test

One of Warwickshire County Council's overall priorities is to support our most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. A main area of focus within education is working to reduce the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils, an area led by the Closing the Gap Board. As a county we are high achieving but Warwickshire’s disadvantaged pupils do not do well compared to disadvantaged pupils nationally.

We would like to remind primary schools of the additional support that is available for Pupil Premium pupils sitting the 11+ test and encourage you to share this information with your Year 5 pupils, parents and carers. The 11+ application deadline for 2023 school entry is 30th June 2022.

Grammar schools in Warwickshire give an increased priority to pupils eligible for the Pupil Premium, with many reducing the Automatic Qualifying Score (AQS). Despite this, numbers of pupil premium pupils in our grammar schools remains low and we would like to encourage more eligible pupils to register for the 11+ test.

Warwickshire ​grammar schools have worked collectively to provide an offer of support to all Free School Meal (FSM) eligible pupils who are registering to sit the 11+ test. Eligible pupils who apply will receive a joint letter from the grammar schools inviting them to access 10 hours of online familiarisation (FROG) resources.

Any primary heads who would like more information can contact the headteacher at King Edward VI School, who is coordinating the support,

Bennet Carr - head@kes.net.

Many of the grammar schools also provide additional support for disadvantaged pupils with the cost of uniforms, trips, 4G access, WiFi and laptop/devices. Please refer directly to their websites for more information and FAQs.

Additional familiarisation materials are also available directly from the schools’ websites and from  https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/grammar-schools-11-test, where you can also obtain full details on how to register for the test.

The deadline for all pupils to register to sit the 11+ test is Thursday 30 June 2022.


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