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Handsworth Grammar School

Here you can read about the school's admission process, exam formats, follow a link to school website and view suggested 11+ Practice Books.

About the School

Founded in 1862 Handsworth Grammar School is the oldest Grammar School in Birmingham and enjoys a fine tradition of excellence and achievement. They are a part of the Grammar Schools in Birmingham for the Admissions process accepting Boys from age 11 to 16 as well as Boys and Girls at Sixth Form level.

The school is proud of its Grammar School ethos, culture and traditions where they are creative, innovative and forward thinking as well as being conscious of their historical roots.

Handsworth Grammar School aims to make a real and significant difference to the lives of each and every student that they educate. Extensive opportunities available are created by a School that has acknowledged excellence in a range of areas but which is able to balance the academic, pastoral and extracurricular needs of the community with that of the individuals that form its student body. The School provides this purposeful environment with the support of staff who are talented and motivated in order to nurture the best from each student.

In an Ofsted Report of 2017 Handsworth Grammar School were graded as Outstanding in every category – overall effectiveness, effectiveness of leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment, personal development, behaviour and welfare, outcomes for pupils and 16 to 19 study programmes.

The HMI noted that all students enjoy coming to school, that they make excellent academic progress and reach high standards. Teachers have expert subject knowledge and high expectations of all students.

Handsworth Grammar School recognise that choosing the right school is a difficult decision and they encourage you to contact them so that you can experience what they have to offer first hand.

Year 7 11+ Exam Content

CEM 11+ Verbal Reasoning (English-based), CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, CEM 11+ Numerical Reasoning (Maths) for Birmingham.

How to prepare for the 11+ in 

Handsworth Grammar School

Parents will often search for 11+ books relevant to Handsworth Grammar School so that they can help their child prepare  for the 11 plus test.

Practice in all aspects of 11+ Verbal Reasoning and 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning is essential. Developing 11+ English and 11+ maths skills will give your child an advantage when sitting the actual 11+ exam.

Our 11+ Exam Book Shop will offer lots of suitable practice material.

West Midlands


School Type:-

Boys’ Grammar

Total Pupils:-



Year 7 Places:-

Year 7 Admission details:-

Sometimes as many as 5+ applications for each Y7 place.

Exam Format

CEM version 11+


Handsworth Grammar School, Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9ET

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