Grammar School Entrance Resources

Our 11+ Grammar School meetings, events and courses are great preparation for the real 11+ test, but you may also want some additional resources to help you prepare. We've taken care to highlight resources here from trusted suppliers that we recommend - from test papers to physical models. Please let us know if you've found other particularly useful resources.

The Gloucestershire 11+ Grammar School Handbook

The ultimate guide to help you prepare for the 11+ grammar school test in Gloucestershire!

Are you considering applying for one of the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools? Are you confused about how to apply, what the 11+ test contains and how to appeal against the school you are allocated?

This comprehensive handbook, written by two local highly experienced and qualified educators takes you through the whole process in simple, straightforward language.

Topics covered include:

• What are grammar schools

• How to apply for grammar school

• How to appeal against your allocated school

• Tips on how to teach your child yourself

• Helping to motivate and support your child

• Format of the 11+ test

• Types of 11+ questions

• Preparing for the test day

• Mock Tests and Revision

• Online and printed resource guide

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Packed full of tips, hints, puzzles games and even exam questions for the CEM 11+ test.

  • Find out everything you need to know in our fun tips and hints pages using clear, simple language.

  • Play games and solve puzzles to help develop your comprehension, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills.

  • Try out real 11+ style questions under timed conditions to test your learning and knowledge.

Practice Paper Test Packs

These are complete practice papers from CGP, which are excellent preparation for use at home. You might try spreading these papers out over your preparation, keeping one or two in reserve to do in the run up to the real test in September. We usually have these packs for sale at our Mock Mornings.

Pack 1

Pack 2

Pack 3

Pack 4

These are really useful packs of papers with downloadable audio track so you can replicate the timed element of the paper more easily. The only thing missing is the experience of sitting with others in a classroom environment, but you can always get that from our Mock Mornings


Book 2

Bumper Pack - Books 1 and 2

Verbal Reasoning Resources

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​​The Big 11+ Maths Play Book

The new book from the highly popular 11+ Play Book series. A fun book to supplement Maths study for the Eleven Plus exam, Key Stage 2 testing and Independent School exams.​Forty seven engaging activities, including games, puzzles, cartoons, and exercises that address key 11+ Maths subject areas in a lively way.​

All the materials are photocopiable – an excellent resource for teachers and tutors​.

The Big 11+ Vocabulary Play Book

At last! A fun puzzle book for older children! This book, written by one of our associates is specifically designed to help children improve their vocabulary for the 11+ test. The author lives in Gloucestershire so these puzzles and games, although suitable for all 11+ tests, are excellent fun preparation for the local grammar school test. There are 52 activities, one for each week of the year and the pages can be photocopied so you can play the games without spoiling your book. Highly recommended.

The 11+ Vocabulary Word Search Extravaganza

More than just a word search – This book focuses on Eleven Plus vocabulary, and provides opportunities to learn and reinforce new words.

Organised by synonyms, antonyms, and subject categories, The 11+ Word Search Companion is a fun and easy way to fit vocabulary practice into your busy day.

These word searches compliment the fifty-two activities found in The Big 11+ Vocabulary Play Book.

Eleven Plus Vocabulary Flash Cards

Increasing vocabulary is a time consuming process but needn't be boring. These cards are a great way to learn new words using words which frequently appear in eleven plus / grammar school entrance tests. Excellent reviews from previous buyers and a fun way to help your child increase their vocabulary on car journeys, at home, at bedtime or even while shopping!

Verbal Reasoning Vocabulary

A versatile and well-developed vocabulary is a vital component of 11 plus and Common Entrance exams but is often one of the more difficult to attain. This collection of multiple choice tests, based on conventional classroom testing sessions, is representative of the verbal reasoning and creative writing type questions of multi-discipline CEM style 11 plus exams.

The Illustrated First Aid in English

This book is invaluable in class and as a reference book, both to native English speakers and to students of English as an additional language. 
- Covers vocabulary, spelling, syntax, idiom and correct usage
- Provides background information
- Includes a wide-range of exercises to test knowledge and skills

11+ English Progress

Aimed at children aged 9 to 12 years, the Schofield & Sims English Progress Papers provide rigorous and flexible practice for the 11+ and other school selection tests. The papers cover more than 40 topic areas, developing children's grammar, punctuation, spelling, vocabulary, comprehension and composition skills.

The Big 11+ Logic Puzzle Challenge

The Big 11+ Logic Puzzle Challenge - A unique collection of logic puzzles to challenge and prepare children for the Eleven Plus as well as Independent School exams. Includes:
Non-verbal reasoning
Verbal reasoning
Riddles and brain teasers
Worded problems
Spatial reasoning
Cube Nets
Mazes and much more!

Numerical Reasoning Resources

Numerical Reasoning Book 1

This First Past The Post book is a great resource to improve mathematical skills.

Extensively road-tested, these tests are best used as real exam practice to benchmark your child s performance. The on-line service helps identify areas for improvement and, crucially, gauge peer comparison anonymously. They are perfect for use both in the classroom and at home.

Non-verbal Reasoning Resources

Magnetic Cube Net

This magnetic net with dry wipe sides is great for trying out the relationship between a net and the 3D shape you can make from it. Coloured edges to identify opposite sides. Perfect for 11+ net questions.

Recommended Reading

It's generally accepted that a good way to improve vocabulary and comprehension is to read a lot. But what books to choose? Well any book is better than no book (usually!), but if you're looking for ideas for some new books for your child try some of these.  They are generally suitable for children around year 5, but there's obviously a lot of variation between children.  

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Long ago, at a time in history that never happened, England was overrun with wolves. But as Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia discover, real danger often lies closer to home. Their new governess, Miss Slighcarp, doesn't seem at all nice. She shuts Bonnie in a cupboard, fires the faithful servants and sends the cousins far away from Willoughby Chase to a place they will never be found. Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches?

The Dark Is Rising

One of the most celebrated fantasy sequences of all time, The Dark Is Rising is a searing, epic rendering of the eternal conflict between good and evil. This complete collection includes Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree.

Artemis Fowl

12-year-old villain Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he's taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit).

Walk Two Moons

What is the meaning of this strange message left on the doorstep? Only Sal knows, and on a roadtrip with her grandparents she tells the bizarre tale of Phoebe Winterbottom, Phoebe’s disappearing mother and the lunatic. But who can help Sal make sense of the mystery that surrounds her own story . . . and her own missing mother?

Carrie's War

A frame story has Carrie visiting the town as a widow with three children. She tells the children what happened thirty years before. Carrie Willow and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to arundown mining town in Wales during the Second World War.

The Lost World

When  Edward Malone is sent to interview the formidable Professor Challenger about  strange prehistoric beasts on a remote plateau he expects to be given short shrift by the researcher, notorious for man handling nosy enquirers. But Challenger, impressed by the young journalist s thirst for adventure, invites Malone along on his next expedition, plunging him into a mysterious and dangerous world populated by dinosaurs and murderous ape men.

The Great Elephant Chase

A giant Indian elephant. 
A wild journey across America. 
An enemy who will never stop. 
Tad and Cissie are on the run with Khush the elephant. Clammy-fingered, steely-eyed Hannibal Jackson will do anything to capture the animal. 
Maybe even kill . . . 
Staying ahead means being faster and smarter - but how do you hide an elephant? Especially one with a mind of its own...


When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.

Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. 


Charlie Ashanti speaks cat. His unusual talent helps him on his quest to find his kidnapped parents. The local cats of his home town (a futuristic London) start him on his search to solve the mystery of his missing parents, which leads him across the channel on board a circus ship bound for Paris.  But Charlie is in danger, for close behind him on his trail, is a crony of the mysterious group who have kidnapped his parents. They want Charlie too

The Village By The Sea

A story of survival set in a small fishing villlage near Bombay. Lila and Hari, aged 13 and 12, struggle to keep the family going when their mother is ill and their father usually the worse for drink. When Hari goes to Bombay to find work, Lila seems to be responsible for everything.

An Angel For May

Tam is unhappy at home and often takes refuge in the ruins of Thowt It Farm. But then one day he is transported back to the Second World War. Alone and afraid, he makes friends with May, who has been rescued from a bombed-out house. She tries to persuade him to stay at the farm, but Tam is afraid of being trapped in the past forever.

Fate seems to be dictating an unusual course for David when his university tutor sets him a writing project on the existence - or not - of dragons. The tantalizing prize - a fully-funded research trip to the Arctic - seems just within his grasp. David starts to research the subject and soon discovers a connection between dragons and the Arctic just as it begins to snow. Is it only a coincidence? Or could deeper forces be at work? 

Molly Moon's Incredible Book Of Hypnotism

For ten miserable years she's lived under the cruel rule of Miss Adderstone in grim Hardwick House. But her life changes overnight when she finds a mysterious book on hypnotism and discovers an amazing talent - the power to make people do anything she want them to. 

The Kin

Africa, two hundred thousand years ago: Suth and Noli were orphaned the night the murderous strangers came, speaking an unfamiliar language and bringing violence to the peaceful Moonhawk tribe.
Determined not to die in the desert, Suth and Noli slip away with Ko and Mana. STheir search for a new Good Place, one of food and safety, will take them across the valleys and plains of prehistoric Africa.

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Powder Monkey: The Adventures of Sam Witchall

Unforgettable tale of an orphan in Victorian London, based on the boy whose plight inspired Dr Barnardo to found his famous children's homes. When his mother dies, Jim Jarvis is left all alone in London. He is sent to the workhouse but quickly escapes, choosing a hard life on the streets of the city over the confines of the workhouse walls. 

Sam is desperate to leave his sleepy Norfolk village and see the world. He joins a merchant ship, but soon his ship is attacked by a French privateer. About to be boarded, they fear all is lost, but the privateers are driven off by the appearance of a Royal Navy ship. Soon after, another Navy ship sends over a press gang, and he is forced to join the frigate Miranda. 


Word List & Meanings

Click the image on the left to download a useful file listing many words with meanings, useful to know for the eleven plus test.