Wiltshire Grammar Schools

​Bishop Wordworth’s School

Entrance Exam Dates: September

No child should sit the tests if he is unwell or affected by any personal circumstances that may influence his performance. Parents should telephone the School either before the test or on the morning of the test.


Ofsted Report: Converted to an Academy, rated as outstanding prior.https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/126508https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/136500

Test Type: CEM

The test consists of two papers each lasting 50 minutes and administered in about one hour:

CEM Paper 1

CEM Paper 2

Each paper assesses verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability and is in multiple choice format. Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to KS 2 English and Mathematics and to be able to apply these skills creatively. Each paper comprises several individually timed sections. There will be a break between the tests when candidates will be able to have a drink and a snack and go to the toilet if necessary. Mobile phones and timers will not be permitted in the exam room. Please note that no extra time will be given at the end of the test for any candidate who either has to leave the exam room because of illness or because they need the toilet.

Each candidate may sit only one 11+ assessment. The Eleven Plus test can only be taken once. There will be other schools that will be using the same tests as BWS.

The BWS Eleven Plus test papers are prepared by CEM (University of Durham). There are no practice papers for sale in respect of the CEM tests. A Familiarisation booklet of questions is available at the bottom on this page. They will be tests for which no additional preparation is necessary.

The Familiarisation booklet is designed to inform parents and candidates about the Entrance Test in order to: give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment; introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment; inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure; indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested; highlight the range of answer formats used in the test.

This booklet also includes examples to indicate the range of skills required to complete the assessment and the manner in which questions are answered. The familiarisation booklet is NOT definitive and the inclusion of any question types does not guarantee that they will be found in the final assessment.



Boys school.Established in 1890.Church of England grammar school.

‘Music is very strong at Bishop’s, and many boys have instrumental lessons at all levels. As well as touring abroad and in the UK, the choir performs regularly for school occasions in the Cathedral’. – page 4, paragraph 1.


GCSE Results

Also 7 of our boys sat their challenging GCSE Mandarin Chinese papers this summer. They all gained at least grade 8, with 5 of them scoring the highest grade possible (9).


Students excelled in languages at GCSE level. Receiving grade 9’s for Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and French.

A high percentage of students also received grade 9’s in physics, chemistry and biology showing schools strength in the sciences.


​South Wilts Grammar School

Entrance Exam Dates:September: 11+ Tests held at SWGSPractice Verbal Reasoning paper sat at SWGS (not compulsory)

When completing the Test Registration Form, parents have the opportunity to accept an invitation for their child to take a practice Verbal Reasoning paper (50 minutes). This practice paper will NOT be marked and therefore cannot be referred to in any future admissions decisions. The sole purpose of the practice test is to provide candidates with the opportunity to become familiar with the test format and test surroundings.

No child should sit the tests if they are unwell or affected by any personal circumstances that may influence performance. Instead, parents should telephone SWGS either before the test or on the morning of the test.


Ofsted Report: Goodhttps://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/136391

Test Type: GL

The test consists of three papers :

Maths (MA) – 50 minutes

English (EN) – 45 minutes

Verbal Reasoning (VR) – 50 minutes

What does the test involve? – tab on the website.



School founded in 1927.

South Wilts is an 11 – 18 selective girls’ grammar school that became an Academy on 1st January 2011. We will from September 2020 become coeducational in the sixth form taking boys onto roll.

We have strong links with schools outside the UK. We have longstanding links to schools in France and Germany. Students who study GCSE and A Level languages, have the opportunity to take part in a foreign exchange to these schools. We have been accredited with the Healthy Schools Award, the Challenge Award, the Gold Artsmark, Eco School Status and the Careermark.

Mathematics and Computing block, Sixth Form Centre, Music block, the Learning Resources Centre and an extension to the DT block with a new food technology room and textiles classroom.

There are 6 networked computer rooms, along with a suite of computers in the Sixth Form Common room. The main applications used across the school are the Microsoft Office 2016 suite and Adobe CS6.

The excellent sports facilities consist of an all-weather running track, a gym, and netball and tennis courts. There is also a small theatre and a drama studio.


GCSE Results

Students performed strongly, receiving grade 9’s in the following subjects:

  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Maths – 7 students also received a grade A** in further maths
  • Biology
  • English Litreture

Students are able to study Food Preparation and Nutrition and the majority received level 9 grades.

The school also teaches and students also take GCSE’s in Latin.