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11+ Familiarisation

Welcome to our 11+ familiarisation section. Since 2014 we have been working with primary schools to offer opportunities for bright children from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter our selective schools. you may recall we changed our Admissions policies in order to get 20% of children on Free School Meals into our schools and we are succeeding with that challenge.

In addition to the policy change we also developed a series of “familiarisation” sessions at our grammar schools. Whilst they have been attended by over 2000 children we recognise and have had direct feedback from you that there are challenges with getting your children to these sessions, whether that be with transport, costs or staff resources.

We have now decided to offer this familiarisation online and would like to work with you to ensure that we can still reach your high attaining children who can benefit from this resource. In addition, all of our schools will still be offering opportunities to visit them with activities which will be challenging and fun.

Our 2018 online familiarisation course was “live” from 1st May until 7th September and was available to those who apply for our schools and indicate that they are on Free School Meals. We were encouraged by the large number of children who engaged with the eight lessons that were created to give help and support to those who need it the most. We will be providing another online familiarisation course in 2019, this will go “live” on 1st May and will run until the Friday before the Entrance Test for our grammar schools.