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Bishop Vesey's Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Bishop Vesey's Grammar School: Welcome

Key Information

Address: Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2NH

County: West Midlands

School Website:

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of Pupils: 945

Number of Places in Year 7: 192

Number of Applicants per Place: 5+ applicants for every place

Open Day Date: Virtual

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Cambridge Assessment)

Bishop Vesey's Grammar School: About
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About Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, or BVGS was founded in 1527 and is one of the oldest schools in Britain. A state grammar school with academy status, BVGS is located in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. Although no longer under local authority control, the school continues to cooperate closely with Birmingham local authorities in regards to admissions.

Until the 1880s, the school offered both day and boarding but now only offers day places. With approximately 945 pupils, the school is known for having good rugby union and hockey teams.

The school became a Language College in 2004 and in 2011, it gained Training School status and now provides in-service and work experience training for teachers. BVGS is also a Sixth Form College.

Bishop Vesey's Grammar School: About

Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium 11 Plus Arrangements

Bishop Vesey’s is part of ‘The Grammar Schools of Birmingham Consortium’ and follows a set admission criterion which is based on pupils’ academic performance in the entrance exam and only boys who attain the required standard will be considered for entry. To be eligible for a place at a grammar school in Birmingham, applicants must sit the optional entrance test and achieve the qualifying score or above.

By completing the online application form with Birmingham Grammar Schools, your child will be eligible to sit the optional entrance test for the following schools:

  • Bishop Vesey's Grammar School for Boys

  • King Edward VI Aston School

  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys

  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls

  • King Edward VI Five Ways School

  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

  • King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls

  • Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

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Bishop Vesey's Grammar School 11 Plus Exam

The test is provided by CEM and is made up of two papers, each approximately 50 minutes long. Both tests will be taken on the same day with a short comfort break between the two papers. Each test paper is divided into smaller individual sections that test verbal ability (reading & comprehension and literacy skills), non-verbal ability and mathematics. There are no sections of writing within the test - all questions are multiple choice (with the exception of one maths section which does not offer candidates a choice of answers. Answers are recorded on a separate answer sheet. The scores for each section are standardised to take into account differences in age, meaning younger children are not disadvantaged compared to children in the same cohort who could be almost a year older.

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 How to Prepare for Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School’s Eleven Plus Exam

 Your child will need to develop the following skills:

  • Verbal Reasoning (Word Choice and Comprehension)

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Numerical Reasoning

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