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Bishop Vesey' Grammar School

Bishop Vesey' Grammar School

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, commonly known as BVGS, stands as a prestigious and historically significant educational institution in Sutton Coldfield. Founded in 1527 by John Harman, a native of Sutton Coldfield and Bishop of Exeter during two periods, 1519-1551 and 1553-1554, the school has deep roots in advising King Henry VIII and serving as a confidant to Cardinal Wolsey.

BVGS offers a comprehensive and well-rounded curriculum, designed to engage and stimulate students while providing a solid foundation for their future educational and professional pursuits. Aligned with the national curriculum, the school covers a diverse range of subjects, including science, English, mathematics, humanities, and modern foreign languages.

The school actively encourages student participation in various clubs, societies, and extracurricular activities, including sports, music, and drama. Examples of these activities include board games, chess clubs, and initiatives with the Development Office to support local charities and establish community partnerships.

Athletics holds a significant position at BVGS, with a focus on sports such as rugby, hockey, cross-country, rowing, netball in the main sports calendar, and cricket, athletics, rowing, and tennis during the summer term.

BVGS is committed to nurturing an environment based on core principles that promote leadership, self-reliance, and resilience among students. The school prides itself on being an inclusive and open-minded community that embraces diversity and equality while actively opposing discrimination.

Recent years have witnessed notable improvement in Bishop Vesey’s GCSE performance, with 75% of all grades achieving Grade 7 or higher, showcasing remarkable progress in student achievement.

Consistently maintaining high performance in A-levels over the past decade, BVGS recently achieved 86% A*-B grades, with approximately 70% of students continuing their studies at Russell Group universities. The school also boasts a remarkable track record of success in Oxbridge and Ivy League placements.

County / Area:
Boys Grammar

Doesn't have a catchment area.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
5+ applicants for every place
Bishop Vesey's Grammar School, Lichfield Road, The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
Birmingham 11+ Exam consists of two GL papers comprising English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

The Birmingham 11 Plus exam is composed of two GL test papers, each lasting around 60 minutes. These papers consist of individually timed sections that encompass:

  1.  English Comprehension, which evaluates comprehension skills, including inference, without a writing component.

  2. Verbal Reasoning, assessing logical thinking, proficiency in the English language, and vocabulary.

  3.  Mathematics, measuring problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, covering topics such as number, measurement, geometry, algebra, and statistics.

  4. Non-Verbal + Spatial Reasoning, both testing logical reasoning and intelligence.

The exam is designed to comprehensively evaluate students' abilities in these key areas.

Exam Date:
Registration Starts:
Registration Closes:
September 2024
May 2024
June 2024

Parents can access the results of the 11 Plus online in October, while the final allocations of Year 7 places will be published in March of the subsequent year.

How to prepare:

We run specialist 11+ online courses focussing on the GL Assessment (English Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning). The sessions are online and highly interactive. Speak to us about how we can help your child.

Mock Exams: Our mock exams are designed to reflect the real exam in complexity and format. Click here to view the mock exam schedule.

Practice Papers: Practice packs designed to help your child master the entire syllabus.

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