West Kirby grammar school

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West Kirby Grammar School (abbreviated to WKGS) is a non-denominational selective state-funded grammar school for girls with academy status in West Kirby on the Wirral Peninsula, England. The school currently has 1182 students, of whom most are girls (boys being admitted in the sixth form only). Girls are welcome to apply to WKGS from the Wirral, Chester, North Wales, Liverpool and Warrington. All Year 7 students need to pass the 11+, which is administered by the Local Authority.

CEM

WHAT?

CEM is part of Durham University’s Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring and provides 11 plus assessment for many areas. Wirral switched to this new format 2yrs ago. It provides accurate and fair testing for children at the start of year 6 and is aimed at identifying children who are more academically capable.

The format has varied each year and sections are very tightly timed. The subjects covered are English, verbal reasoning, maths and non-verbal reasoning (including comprehension, shuffled sentences and cloze passages).

WHEN?

Usually in the second full week back in September, the children will be sitting the test. They will sit two tests, taking place on the same day with a short break in between. The timed tests are directed by an audio CD which gives instructions and timings for each section.

WHERE?

Historically, most primary schools have facilitated their own pupils taking the test, however, this is presently in review and Wirral Authority will clarify this soon.