11-plus examination for school entry in September 2020

Grammar school admissions

Grammar school places (Devonport High School for Boys, Devonport High School for Girls and Plymouth High School for Girls) are allocated according to proven ability in the 11-plus examination.

Only candidates who have registered and sat the 11-plus examination at the required time and who have submitted an application for a school place by Thursday 31 October 2019 will be included in the first allocation round notified on Monday 2 March 2020. It's anticipated that all grammar school places will be filled in the first allocation round. Generally, candidates who either apply late or who take the 11-plus examination later won't be included in the first allocation round.

For 2020 entry, all three grammar schools in Plymouth will be using Maths and English examination papers supplied by GL Assessment. Maths and English is taught in all schools and as such, the local authority does not advocate tutoring for the 11-plus. Free practice papers are available on the GL Assessment website for parents who would like to familiarise their children with the multiple-choice layout of the test, content and examples of some types of questions they will face.


You need to register your child to take the 11-plus examination.


You can register online between Tuesday 23 April and Friday 30 August 2019. You cannot register before 23 April 2019. Registrations submitted after Friday 30 August will not be accepted.

You can apply online

Register for the 11 plus online

or you can print and then complete the form below

Download Girls 11-plus registration form [PDF, 234KB]

You also need to send two passport type photographs of your daughter. These need to be certified as a true likeness by a professional (usually her class teacher). Return these to School Admissions Team, Education, Participation and Skills, Plymouth City Council, Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth PL6 5UF. We suggest that your photographs are either hand delivered to the School Admissions Team at Windsor House or that you post them to the team using recorded delivery for tracking purposes.

Note: We need to have received the registration form and the photographs by 5pm on Friday 30 August. Late receipts will not be included in the first allocation round.

If you're applying after the registration has closed, email schooladmissions@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 307469 for advice (school admissions staff are available from 11am to 3pm).


Register direct with Devonport High School for Boys between Tuesday 23 April and Friday 30 August 2019. If you're applying after the registration has closed, contact the school direct.

The 11-plus examination

The 11-plus examination takes place over two Saturdays on 14 and 21 September 2019. You'll receive a letter telling you the time and location nearer to the examination date.

The results

Results will be sent out on Thursday 10 October 2019.

The results of the examination don't confirm that a place will be offered. The letter is intended to allow parents time to make an informed choice of school before the closing date for secondary applications on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Offer letters will be issued on the offer date of Monday 2 March 2020. Only at this stage will you know if your child has been successful in gaining a place.

See our timeline for grammar school applications page for a full timetable.

11-plus testing for entry in September 2021

The 2021 arrangements will be part of the consultation on the admission arrangements for 2021/22 which will take place between December 2019 and January 2020. Visit our school admission consultations page in mid-December 2019 for more information.