Taking the 11+ test in Cumbria

Cumbria 11+ guide for parents
With only one grammar school in Cumbria, we explain what you need to know about entering your child for the entrance test.

Which schools require an 11+ pass?

There is only one grammar school in Cumbria: Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, a mixed school with 120 places for Year 7 pupils.

What do the tests involve?

Children applying for the Queen Elizabeth School are required to sit three papers, all held on the same day with a 15-minute break between the tests.

What version of the test is used?

Queen Elizabeth School uses GL Assessment Tests.

How do you arrange for your child to take the test?

In order for your child to be considered for a place at Queen Elizabeth, you need to fill in the school’s own entrance test application form and return it to the school. This is available on the school’s website. Once your child has taken the test and received their results, you'll need to apply for a place using the Local Authority application form. Further information about applying for a secondary school place in Cumbria is available on the LA website.

Where are the tests held?

Children applying for Queen Elizabeth will take the entrance test at the school.

What is the pass mark?

The range of successful scores varies from year to year depending on the ability and number of children sitting the tests and also on the relative difficulty of the test papers. But as a good indicator, parents can see the test scores of children who were allocated places in the last few years on the school website. Over the past seven years, the lowest qualifying score has ranged from 244 to 282. The results are age-adjusted so that the younger children in the year group are not at a disadvantage.

How can I help prepare my child?

At the school’s open evening, past papers are always on display, and before parents register their children for the test, the Deputy Head visits local primary schools and works through some sample questions with the pupils. As part of the school’s application pack, parents are given details of where they can buy relevant practice material.