FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who administers the 11+ tests?
The tests are administered by Colyton Grammar School, and arrangements are broadly similar to those for entry to other Grammar Schools in the South West, Torquay Boys’, Torquay Girls’ and Churston Ferrers Grammar Schools in Torbay.
What if I currently live beyond the daily travelling distance to the school?
Unfortunately, to comply with the security requirements of the test provider, papers must be taken at Colyton Grammar School.
Is coaching necessary?
Schools are not expected to coach pupils for the papers. There is no advantage, beyond the familiarisation materials provided by this school, in coaching for the tests. Indeed, there is every prospect that it can create confusion and anxiety.
The tests aim to reflect Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum which is followed by all primary schools. Familiarisation materials are not commercially available.
What kind of questions are involved in the tests?
In addition, there will be a short English paper (20 minutes). The test usually consists of a short piece of creative writing.
How are the tests marked?
The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) designs the mark scheme for their papers. All marks are 'standardised', according to the age in years and months of the applicant, to produce a final score. Standardising scores on the basis of age means that there is no fixed raw mark total for qualification as the number of correct answers required will vary according to the child’s age.
The English papers are marked by English teachers of the school. They are not age standardised.
Who determines if a child is eligible for a place?
Allocation of Places
The Admissions Committee will determine, by reference to performance in the tests, a rank order of students who should be offered a place.
Places will be offered to those students who meet the required standard in the tests.
Should more than 155 students meet the required standard, places will be awarded by rank order of test score.
The Admissions Committee will provide Devon LA with a list of all eligible applicants ranked by order by 31 December. Where there are more eligible applicants than there are places available in the Year, the offer is determined by the application of the priorities for Admission Criteria (the available places are defined by the Published Admission Number).
When are results available?
Results of the tests will be available at least one week before the national deadline for submission of the Common Application Form (deadline for the Common Application Form is 31 October 2016).
On National Allocation Day (1 March 2017), the Local Authority will inform parents of the school that has been allocated.
The school may disclose the order on the waiting list.
Does being on the Eligible List guarantee a place?
No. It means the child has attained eligible status. There will be 155 places available in Year 7. The places are allocated in an order ranked by the Admission Criteria.
What if my child gains an eligible test score and Colyton is a second or third preference?
If the child has not been deemed eligible for the schools ranked higher than Colyton, then they will be allocated a place if they fall within the first eligible 155, after the application of the Admission Criteria. If, however, they appear on the eligible list of a school for which a higher preference has been expressed, then that will be the place offered by the LA.
As a general guide, if your list of preferred schools includes the school designated as the catchment school for your area, then the child is likely to be included in that school’s eligible list.
Yes. Any parent whose child has applied for and been refused a place may appeal to the Independent Appeals Committee against the decision not to allocate a place.
Following receipt of the letter from the LA notifying parents of non-allocation, notification of the wish to appeal should be addressed to the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, c/o Colyton Grammar School. The main appeal round is expected to take place during early June and the written appeal must be made by 30 March 2017, in order to be included in the main round of Hearings.
Parents wishing to appeal must lodge their Appeal following Late Entry testing, within 20 school days of being notified of non-allocation by the Local Authority. The Appeal should be addressed to the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, c/o Colyton Grammar School.
Is it possible to sit the test outside the main admissions round?
Yes. 11+ testing for a second round application (following the March allocation day) is held until the end of the Summer Term. It should, however, be noted that assuming eligibility, only a place on the waiting list is likely to be offered and the LA will therefore allocate a different school as appropriate.
Is it possible to enter the school from age 12 onwards?
Yes. Students can take 12+ or 13+ tests. The tests cover Mathematics, English and Science.
It should, however, be noted that assuming an eligible score, a place on the waiting list is likely to be offered for the relevant year group and any places that subsequently become available will be offered in the order determined by the Admission Criteria. A Common Application Form should be completed through the home Local Authority following the test results. Please note that any place that becomes available is offered for an immediate start, i.e. a place cannot be held open.
An individual student’s results are held on the relevant waiting list for one year or until the time of the next test. Only one test can be taken per academic year.
Admission to Sixth Form
For September 2017 only: there will be no admissions to the first year of a Sixth Form course due to the school changing from a three year Sixth Form course to a two year course, and a two year GCSE course to a three year course.
As a result, Year 12 will be in the second year of a three year Sixth Form course, and Year 11 will be in the last year of a three year GCSE course. No students will be commencing Sixth Form courses in September 2017.
Consequently, the school declines to set a PAN for new entrants to the Sixth Form (Years 12-13), as this will not be an appropriate point for entry into the school. No courses are available for students joining at this point.