Yorkshire Calderdale Grammar Schools

​Crossley Heath Grammar School

Entrance Exam Dates: September Admissions tests, 9.30am -12.30pmhttps://www.crossleyheath.org.uk/admissions/

Ofsted Report: Converted to an Academy, rated as outstanding prior.https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/107575https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/139182

Test Type: GL

What does the entrance exam consist of?

There are three parts to the entrance exam: English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.

  • English: 60 minutes – 30 minutes comprehension test and 30 minutes writing test.
  • Mathematics: 30 minutes to attempt 40 questions.
  • Verbal Reasoning: 30 minutes to attempt 50 questions

The scores for each test will be age-weighted.

The weightings for each paper are 35% English, 35% Maths, 30% VR


Familiarisation materials (including sample exam questions) will be available on the two schools’ websites.


The school itself doesn’t specify what type of test it uses (GL or CEM) only the information above. However the following sources all corroborate that the school uses the GL exam which is in keeping with the below article which states that GL exams, unlike CEM, are broken up by subject.



Verbal Reasoning – GL Assessment or University of Edinburgh

Maths paper is written by the school


The maths paper is written by the school, while the Verbal Reasoning paper is created by GL Assessment.



We want all students to participate in musical activity, including learning to play an instrument. A range of individual instrumental tuition is available. Students have enjoyed immensely the music tours abroad and the school productions and concerts. Students in Year 7 take part in singing and are strongly encouraged to sing in school choirs throughout their 􏰁me with us.

Crossley Heath has a strong sporting heritage and encourages all students, of whatever ability or experience, to enjoy physical ac􏰁vi􏰁es and team sports. These include cross- country, netball, cricket, rugby union, athletics, football, table-tennis, tennis and badminton.

Our highly effective programme for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) develops the key employability skills that our students will need to functional successfully in their chosen career path. We are proud to have retained the national accredited Quality in Careers Standard which is in recognition of the high standard of guidance available for our students and the breadth and inclusivity of our effective programme.


GCSE Results

Percentage of students receiving a grad 9 in the following subjects:

  • Religious Education 39%
  • Biology 30%
  • DT Food 29% – something not all schools offer
  • Chemistry 28%
  • Maths 26%
  • History 25%
  • Physics 24%


​The North Halifax Grammar School

Entrance Exam Dates: September ​https://www.nhgs.co.uk/admissions/school-admissions/timetable-admissions/school-admissions-2021

Ofsted Report: Converted to an Academy, rated as outstanding prior.https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/107574https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/23/136788

Test Type: GL

We operate a joint registration and admissions process with Crossley Heath School.

The admission test will consist of:

  •   a test in English
  •   a test in Mathematics
  •   a nationally validated test in Verbal Reasoning (VR)

Site features example test papers.https://www.nhgs.co.uk/admissions/school-admissions/admissions-test

GL Assessment for Verbal Reasoning, Maths and English papers are created by the school themselveshttps://exampapersplus.co.uk/north-halifax-grammar-school-11-plus-11-exam-information/

Verbal Reasoning – GL Assessment or University of Edinburgh

Maths paper is written by the schoolhttps://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/schools/regions/yorkshire-11-plus



We cover a broad PE curriculum, giving students exposure to a huge

variety of activities. As well as traditional sports such as football, hockey, netball and rugby, we also offer athletics, badminton, basketball, cross-country, dance, fitness suite, handball, gymnastics, rounders, softball, table tennis, tennis, trampolining and ultimate frisbee. We have seen success in Calderdale, West Yorkshire and nationally with our competitive teams

Great staff retention.

Our success in promoting the happiness and well-being of our staff is reflected in our low employee turn-over rate. 45% of our teaching staff

have been a part of the school for over 10 years, and over 12% of our teachers have more than 20 years service at NHGS – with the longest serving having over 30 years! Even more importantly, our staff absence rate is low and we rarely use external supply. This means that your children will have excellent continuity of education.

Fresh cooked meals.

Everyday, meals are cooked on site, using fresh high-quality ingredients. This is rarer than you might think in schools and is another way that NHGS stands out from the crowd.

Career development.

We have recently been re-awarded The Quality in Careers Standard in recognition of our careers education provision and we are extremely proud of the fact that we have fully achieved all 8 Gatsby benchmarks already

GCSE Results

Percentage of students receiving a grad 9 in the following subjects:

  • Religious Education 17.7%
  • Product Design 17.2% – – something not all schools offer
  • Music 16.7%
  • Physics 16.6%
  • Chemistry 15.2%