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Grammar Schools in Dorset: Complete Guide

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About Dorset Grammar Schools

Making the right choice between different grammar schools can be a tough decision for parents. Whilst all grammar schools offer great starts for children, it is often difficult to find comprehensive information concerning the different schools available and the best options for your children out there.

This guide aims to provide clear and concise information regarding the four grammar schools in the Dorset Consortium: Bournemouth School, Bournemouth School for Girls, Parkstone Grammar School, and Poole Grammar School. 

This includes general information, information concerning the tests followed by key details about each school including statistics, facilities, results, and Ofsted reviews.

In the coming sections of this article, the below listed key terms mean the following:

  • CAF: Common Application Form, the form you must submit to your local authority listing the schools of your choice in order of preference 
  • PAN: Published Admission Number, the number of places available for year 7 entry in 2024 at 11 plus (11+) level
  • EHCP: Education, Health and Care Plan, a legal document that describes a person’s special educational needs
  • Pupil Premium: a grant that improves educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupil
  • PLAC: (previously) looked after children
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Key information for 2024 entry into Dorset Grammar Schools at 11 plus (11+)

Important dates:

  • Registration deadline: 8th September 2023
  • Exam date: 23rd September 2023
  • Results: 13th October 2023
  • CAF deadline & local authority: 31 October 2023, Dorset Council
  • National school offer day: 1 March 2024
 

Admissions information:

Exam format for the Dorset 11 plus (11+) entrance exam

The Dorset 11 plus

For Dorset-based grammar schools, students must take the Dorset 11 plus (11+). The entrance exam is set by GL Assessment and composed of three multiple-choice 45-50 minute papers testing:

  • Maths – tests Key Stage 2 Maths national curriculum (KS2).
  • English – tests Key Stage 2 English national curriculum (KS2) including comprehension, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Verbal reasoning – letter/word-based problem-solving questions.

Bournemouth School 11 plus guide

Bournemouth School building
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School type: boys’ grammar

Number of pupils: 1,200 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 180

Headteacher: Amanda Smith

Address: Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole, Dorset, BH17 9JU

Open evening: see school website for updates.

Oversubscription criteria: PLAC, children: who are eligible for Pupil Premium in rank test score order, who live within the school priority area in rank test score order, who have a parent who is a staff member at the school (& has been for at least two years), all other children in rank test score order.

Catchment area: BH1, BH2, BH3, BH4, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH9, BH10, BH11, BH12 5, BH23 1, BH23 2, BH23 3
 

2022 Results: GCSE: 61.3% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 67.3% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Good

School’s Contact details: [email protected], 01202 692132, www.poolegrammar.com

Bournemouth School for Girls 11 plus guide

Bournemouth School for Girls building
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School type: girls’ grammar

Number of pupils: 1,150 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 180

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 65

Headteacher: David Sims

Address: Bournemouth School for Girls, Castle Gate Close, Castle Lane West, Bournemouth, BH8 9UJ

Open events: see school website for updates.

Oversubscription criteria: PLAC & Internationally Adopted PLAC, children who are eligible for the Pupil Premium Grant ranked in test score order, 130 top-scoring children in ranked test score order, children who live within the school’s catchment area, children who live outside the school’s catchment area

Catchment area: BH1, BH2, BH3, BH4, BH5, BH6, BH7, BH8, BH9, BH10, BH11, BH12 5, BH23 1, BH23 2, BH23 3
 

2022 Results: GCSE: 71.8% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 85.9% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Outstanding

School’s Contact details: [email protected], 01202 526289, www.wearebsg.uk

Parkstone Grammar School 11 plus guide

Parkstone Grammar School building
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School type: girls’ grammar

Number of pupils: 1,300 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 192

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 133

Headteacher: David Hallsworth

Address: Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane, Poole, Dorset BH17 7EP

Open events: see school website for updates.

Priority criteria: PLAC, children: who live in the school catchment area & are eligible for Pupil Premium, who live within the school catchment area, who are eligible for Pupil Premium & who do not live within the school catchment area, all other children outside the school catchment area in rank test score order. In a tiebreaker situation, the child who lives closest to the school (measured with the shortest, safest, most practical route using the centre line of public roads & footpaths) in given priority.

Catchment area: the historic Borough of Poole & the following Poole postcodes: BH12, BH13, BH14, BH15, BH16, BH17, BH18, BH21 3

2022 Results: GCSE: 62.4% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 76.2% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Outstanding

School’s Contact details: [email protected], 01202 605605, www.parkstone.poole.sch.uk

Poole Grammar School 11 plus guide

Poole Grammar
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School type: boys’ grammar

Number of pupils: 1,200 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 180

Headteacher: Amanda Smith

Address: Poole Grammar School, Gravel Hill, Poole, Dorset, BH17 9JU

Open events: see school website for updates.

Oversubscription criteria: PLAC, children: who appear to have been in state care outside of England & have ceased ro be in state care as they were adopted, who live within the school catchment area & who receive Pupil Premium, who live within the school catchment area & do not receive Pupil Premium, who have a parent who is a staff member at the school (& has been for at least two years), who live outside the catchment area & receive Pupil Premium, who live outside the catchment area.

Catchment area: the historic Borough of Poole & the following Poole postcodes: BH12, BH13, BH14, BH15, BH16, BH17, BH18, BH21 3

2022 Results: GCSE: 61.3% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 67.3% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Good

School’s Contact details: [email protected], 01202 692132, www.poolegrammar.com

How to prepare your child for the 11 Plus (11+) Dorset exam

The most useful way to prepare for the Dorset 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests to familiarise your child with the exam content and format.

These tests can help your child to build their confidence and improve their performance in the exam.

For Dorset grammar schools 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

Dorset 11+ Practice Tests

  • Maths Pack 1 Multiple Choice Download

    11+ Maths (Multiple Choice) – Pack 1 (Download)

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  • Maths Pack 2 Multiple Choice Download

    11+ Maths (Multiple Choice) – Pack 2 (Download)

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  • English Multiple Choice Pack 1 Download v5

    11+ English (Multiple Choice) – Pack 1 (Download)

    £14.99
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  • English Multiple Choice Pack 2 Download v5

    11+ English (Multiple Choice) – Pack 2 (Download)

    £14.99
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  • Verbal Reasoning Pack 1 Download v2

    11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 1 (Download)

    £14.99
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  • Verbal Reasoning Pack 2 Download v2 1

    11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 2 (Download)

    £14.99
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