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Grammar Schools in Lancashire: Complete Guide

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About Lancashire 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 Lancashire: Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, and Lancaster Royal 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 Lancashire Grammar Schools at 11 plus (11+)

Important dates:

  • Registration deadline: 4th (Lancaster Royal), 15th (Lancaster Girls’), 22nd (Bacup & Rawtenstall, Clitheroe Royal) September 2023
  • Exam date: 30th September 2023
  • Results: October 2023
  • CAF deadline & local authority: 31 October 2023, Lancashire County Council
  • National school offer day: 1 March 2024
 

Admissions information:

  • Scoring: no pass marks but some schools have undisclosed target scores for the assessed subjects which are set dependent on how big the pool of applicants is and their exam performance, top candidates will score highly in all subjects but lower scores in some subjects can be balanced out with higher scores in other subjects, scores are age-standardised, priority criteria is taken into account.
  • Eligibility criteria: Year 6
  • Admission Contact details: www.lancashire.gov.uk, 0300 123 6707

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

The Lancashire 11 plus

For Lancashire-based grammar schools, students must take the Lancashire 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 comprehension – tests Key Stage 2 English national curriculum (KS2).
  • Verbal reasoning – letter/word-based problem-solving questions.

Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School 11 plus guide

Bacup and Rawwtenstall Grammar School building
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School type: mixed’ grammar

Local authority: Lancashire County Council

Number of pupils: 1,200 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 180

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 174

Headteacher: Alan Porteous

Address: Glen Road, Waterfoot, Rossendale, BB4 7BJ

Open event: 20th September 2023.

Priority criteria: PLAC, children: with an EHCP, attending area 1 primary schools in rank score order, attending area 2 primary schools in rank score order, and not attending area 1 or 2 primary schools in rank score order. In a tiebreaker situation, the child who lives closest to the school is given priority.

Catchment area:
  • Area 1 primary schools: Balladen Primary, Britannia Community Primary, Constable Lee St Paul’s CE Primary, Crawshawbooth Primary, Holy Trinity CE Primary, Newchurch CE Primary, Northern Primary, Sharneyford Primary, St Anne’s Edgeside CE, St James the Less RC Primary, St Joseph’s RC Primary, St Mary’s CE Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary, St Peter’s RC Primary, St Saviour’s Community Primary, Thorn Primary, Water Primary, and Waterfoot Primary.
 
  • Area 2 primary schools: Broadway Primary, Edenfield CE, Haslingden Primary, Helmshore Primary, Our Lady & St Anselm’s RC Primary, St Batholomew’s CE Primary, St James CE Primary, St John’s Stonefold CE Primary, St John with St Michael CE Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary, St Veronica’s RC Primary, Stubbins Primary, and Tonacliffe Primary.
 

2022 Results: GCSE: 60.6% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 70.3% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Monitoring visit in progress, see updates here.

School’s Contact details: 01706 234500, www.brgs.org.uk, [email protected]

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School 11 plus guide

Clitheroe Royal Grammar School building
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School type: mixed grammar

Number of pupils: 1,400 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 180

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 124

Headteacher: James Keulemans

Address: Chatburn Road, Clitheroe, BB7 2BA

Open events: see school website for updates.

Priority criteria: PLAC, children: who live in the immediate catchment area & get free school meals, who live in the immediate catchment area, who live in the wider catchment area & get free school meals, who live in the wider catchment area, who live outside the catchment area & get free school meals, & who live outside the catchment area. The second-seventh categories are prioritised in rank score order from high to low. In a tiebreaker situation, the distance the child lives from the school measured in a straight line from the front entrance of the school to the child’s home front door.

Catchment area:
  • Immediate catchment area: selection of civil parishes of the Borough of Ribble Valley: Aighton, Bailey & Chaigley, Balderstone, Bashall Eaves, Billington and Langho, Bolton by Bowland, Bowland Forest High, Bowland Forest Low, Bowland with Leagram, Chatburn, Clayton-le-Dale, Clitheroe, Dinckley, Downham, Easington, Gisburn, Gisburn Forest, Great Mitton, Grindleton, Horton, Little Mitton, Mearley, Mellor, Middop, Newsholme, Newton, Osbaldeston, Paythorne, Pendleton, Ramsgreave, Read, Rimington, Sabden, Salesbury, Sawley, Simonstone, Slaidburn, Twiston, Waddington, West Bradford, Whalley, Wilpshire, Wiswell and Barrow, and Worston.
 
  • Wider catchment area: Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire, and Wyre.
 

2022 Results: GCSE: 67.2% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 75.5% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Outstanding

School’s Contact details: [email protected], 01200 423379, www.crgs.org.uk

Lancaster Girls' Grammar School 11 plus guide

Lancaster Girls Grammar School building
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School type: girls’ grammar

Number of pupils: 1,000 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 145

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 70

Headteacher: Jackie Cahalin

Address: Regent Street, Lancaster, LA1 1SF

Open events: see school website for updates.

Priority criteria: PLAC who permanently live in the city of Lancaster, children: who receive free school meals & permanently live in the city of Lancaster, who permanently live in the city of Lancaster, who live outside Lancaster & achieve the required score in rank score order. 

Catchment area: priority is given to girls living in the city of Lancaster district: Silverdale, Yealand Redmayne, Whittington, Burrow with Burrow, Leck, Yealand Conyers, Priest Hutton, Tunstall, Ireby, Warton, Borwick, Arkholme with Cawood, Cantsfield, Carnforth, Over Kellet, Gressingham, Hornby with Farleton, Melling with Wrayton, Wennington, Slyne with Hest, Nether Kellet, Halton with Aughton, Claughton, Wray with Botton, Tatham, Morecambe and Heysham, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Lancaster, Quernmore, Caton with Littledale, Roeburndale, Middleton, Overton, Ashton with Stodday, Scotforth, Thurnham, Ellel, Over Wyresdale and Cockerham.

2022 Results: GCSE: 76.6% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 80.7% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Monitoring visit, see updates here.

School’s Contact details: [email protected], 01524 581661, www.lggs.org.uk

Lancaster Royal Grammar School 11 plus guide

Lancaster Royal Grammar School building
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School type: boys’ grammar (day and boarding)

Number of pupils: 1,200 (approx.)

Ages: 11-18

PAN: 150

The Sunday Times Parent Power National Rank: 126

Headteacher: Chris Pyle

Address: East Road, Lancaster, LA1 3EF

Open events: see school website for updates.

Priority criteria: Children who achieve the target test score & have an EHCP that names the school will be admitted first, PLAC who achieve at least the minimum score or up to 15 marks below, who live in the priority catchment area who receive free school meals and achieve at least minimum score, who live in the school’s residual catchment area who receive school meals and achieve at least the minimum score or up to 15 marks below, who live in the residual catchment area and achieve the minimum score or above.

Catchment area: 

  • Priority: 1st priority: the city of Lancaster district: Silverdale, Yealand Redmayne, Whittington, Burrow with Burrow, Leck, Yealand Conyers, Priest Hutton, Tunstall, Ireby, Warton, Borwick, Arkholme with Cawood, Cantsfield, Carnforth, Over Kellet, Gressingham, Hornby with Farleton, Melling with Wrayton, Wennington, Slyne with Hest, Nether Kellet, Halton with Aughton, Claughton, Wray with Botton, Tatham, Morecambe and Heysham, Heaton with Oxcliffe, Lancaster, Quernmore, Caton with Littledale, Roeburndale, Middleton, Overton, Ashton with Stodday, Scotforth, Thurnham, Ellel, Over Wyresdale and Cockerham.
 
  • Residual: 2nd priority: Arnside to the northwest, Milnthorpe to the north, Leck to the northeast, to Grimsargh to the southeast, the River Ribble through Preston to the south, and the River Wyre to the southwest.
 

2022 Results: GCSE: 63.2% of students achieved grades 9-7, A Level: 76.9% of students achieved grades A*-B.

Ofsted ranking: Good

School’s Contact details: [email protected], 01524 580629, www.lrgs.org.uk

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

The most useful way to prepare for the Lancashire 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 Lancashire grammar schools 11+ preparation, we recommend the following packs: 

Lancashire 11+ Practice Tests

Mock Exams

Find out more about Examberry’s in-person mock exams: please click here.

Tuition

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