Wirral Grammar School for Boys was founded in 1931 as a maintained selective grammar school for boys aged 11–18. It is situated on a 9.1 acres site to the west of Port Sunlight at Cross Lane, Bebington. The school plans to admit 155 boys. Only boys who attain the required standard in the arrangements for selection by reference to ability and aptitude will be eligible to be considered for admission to the school. Admission to the school is determined by the Governors. The school’s assessment arrangements will be conducted by Wirral Local Authority.




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).


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.


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.