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Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Handsworth Grammar School for Boys

Handsworth Grammar School provides a vibrant and academically successful environment for its students, welcoming boys aged 11 to 16 and both boys and girls into the Sixth Form. The school admits students who have successfully passed the 11+ exam from Birmingham and nearby areas, including the local community. Established in 1862, HGS has a rich history of delivering high-quality education.

Aligned with the national curriculum, the school places a strong emphasis on core subjects such as English, mathematics, and science. It also offers a diverse range of additional subjects including humanities, languages, physical education, and creative arts. Furthermore, HGS is committed to offering numerous extracurricular activities to cater to the varied interests of its students, including sports, music, technology clubs, and inter-form quizzes.

Handsworth Grammar School hosts multiple concerts each year, providing students with opportunities to build self-confidence through performances or backstage contributions. Additionally, many students receive music lessons at the school, mastering instruments such as the guitar, trombone, piano, and dhol. As a result, HGS boasts a variety of musical ensembles, including a big band, brass group, string quartet, and guitar ensemble.

Throughout the year, students partake in various excursions, ranging from local field trips to international travels to countries like France and Germany. They are also actively involved in activities such as fundraising for charitable causes.

HGS aims to establish itself as a center of excellence by upholding traditional values while embracing advancements offered by modern technology. The school is dedicated to serving the local community and the broader Birmingham area.

The school's outstanding exam results at both GCSE and A-level levels surpass the standards of both public and private educational institutions. These achievements have led to HGS receiving an "Outstanding" rating in every category from Ofsted.

County / Area:
Boys Grammar

Certainly, for Handsworth Grammar School for Boys, the priority catchment area is determined by residential addresses within the following electoral wards:

In Birmingham: Birchfield, Edgbaston, Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Holyhead, Kingstanding, Ladywood, Lozells, Newtown, North Edgbaston, Oscott, Perry Barr, Soho & Jewellery Quarter.

In Sandwell: Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, St Paul’s, West Bromwich Central.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
5+ applicants for every place
Handsworth Grammar School, Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham, 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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Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
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