King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls

King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls

About King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls

King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls is a grammar school founded in 1883. The school is both proud of its tradition and forward-thinking. It aims to prepare students to meet the challenges of a fast-paced and ever-changing world.

An extensive programme of building work has been carried out at KEVI Handsworth School for Girls in recent years. New facilities include specialist classrooms, specialist suites for design and technology, science labs, sports facilities, and a new library.

KEVI Handsworth School for Girls is rated outstanding by Ofsted, and was named 'Best School in the West Midlands' by the Birmingham Mail in 2018.

  • Address: Rose Hill Road, Birmingham B21 9AR
  • Local authority: Birmingham City Council
  • School type: girls' grammar
  • Headteacher: Amy Whittall
  • Number of pupils: 1,086

King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 22nd December 2023

  • Half term: 30th October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 8th April – 22nd July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls

Handsworth School for Girls shares a testing process with the seven other grammar schools in Birmingham, as well as the grammar schools in Warwickshire, Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton. You only need to register once to apply to any grammar schools across these areas.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

When your child is in Year 5, register them for the 11 plus on the West Midlands Grammar Schools portal. Registration opens at 9 am on 9th May 2023 and closes at 4 pm on 30th June 2023.

2. Apply for school places

Once your child has taken the exam, you will get their results on 20th October 2023. If your child achieves the qualifying score, you can include grammar schools on your local authority application form.

Before listing Handsworth School for Girls as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, how close you live to a school is an important factor in whether your child is likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls 11 plus?

The 11 plus exam for KEVI Handsworth School for Girls takes place on 16th September 2023.

The West Midlands 11 plus test is provided by GL Assessment. It consists of two papers, each lasting about 60 minutes. A few minutes are allocated at the start of each paper for children to listen to instructions and complete some unmarked practice questions.

Both papers are divided into smaller, individually-timed sections that assess:

  • English comprehension
  • Maths
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

The test is entirely multiple-choice format, with no writing sections. Children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically.

The maths and English questions assess your child's understanding of Key Stage 2 national curriculum content, including Year 6 objectives. It tests their ability to reason and apply knowledge accurately.

The reasoning questions assess your child’s logic and problem-solving ability. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not typically taught at school. They are intended to measure how well children can spot patterns with, connect and manipulate written and visual information.

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What is the pass mark for King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls?

  • Priority score: Children who score 224 or above are prioritised for a place.
  • Qualifying score: In 2022 and 2023, 205 was the minimum score at which a child could be considered for a place at a Birmingham grammar school.
  • Cut-off score: In 2022, the cut-off score was 215. This was the lowest score achieved by a child who was offered a place, which came under admissions category 5 (see below).

Scores from recent years above can be used as a guide only. Achieving the qualifying score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it's likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools.

How is the Birmingham 11 plus scored?

After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised and combined to give them a total score across all papers. These total scores are ranked in order, and oversubscription criteria are applied.

King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls admission criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 192. When more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available (highly likely), places are offered in this order:

1. Looked-After or previously Looked-After Children who achieve the qualifying score, ranked by test score and then by distance from the school.

2. Children who get free school meals, achieve the qualifying score, and live in the catchment area, ranked by distance from the school.

3. If fewer than 48 places are filled by children in category 2, places are offered to children who get free school meals, achieve the qualifying score and live outside the catchment area.

4. Children who achieve the priority score and live in the catchment area. Prioritised if they have a sibling at the school, then ranked by distance from the school.

5. Children who achieve the qualifying score, ranked by test score. Where scores are equal, priority is given to children with a sibling at the school, then ranked by distance from the school.

King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls catchment area

The catchment area consists of home addresses that are in these electoral wards:

  • Birmingham: Alum Rock, Aston, Birchfield, Bromford & Hodge Hill, Castle Vale, Edgbaston, Erdington, Garretts Green, Glebe Farm & Tile Cross, Gravelly Hill, Handsworth, Handsworth Wood, Heartlands, Holyhead, Kingstanding, Ladywood, Lozells, Nechells, Newtown, North Edgbaston, Oscott, Perry Barr, Perry Common, Pype Hayes, Shard End, Sheldon, Soho & Jewellery Quarter, Stockland Green, Sutton Four Oaks, Sutton Mere Green, Sutton Reddicap, Sutton Roughley, Sutton Trinity, Sutton Vesey, Sutton Walmley & Minworth, Sutton Wylde Green, Ward End, Yardley East, Yardley West & Stechford.
  • Sandwell: Smethwick, Soho & Victoria, St Paul’s, West Bromwich.
  • Solihull: Castle Bromwich, Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst & Fordbridge, Smith’s Wood.

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School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Rose Hill Road Birmingham B21 9AR
Phone 01215542342
Region Birmingham and Walsall


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Girls


Open Days 28/6/2023
CAF form 31/10/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024
Registration 9/5/2023 - 30/6/2023
Academic Exam 16/9/2023
Test Results Day 20/10/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 192
Standardised No
Age Standardised Yes
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Qualifying Score 215
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about King Edward VI Hansworth School for Girls

  • How can I ensure my child gets into the best school possible?
    We know that preparing for the exam can be a major focus in your child’s education and we are here to support you throughout that journey. We do not believe in simply ‘teaching to a test’, which is why we offer individualised courses and specialist courses that complement your child’s education in the run up to and beyond the exam. Working in small groups and independently our members grow in confidence and develop exam techniques to prepare them for the day of the exam and beyond. Our unique approach not only uses the most up-to-date resources, our engaging and motivational tutors will guide and support your child every step of the way, whilst providing clear and honest feedback about your child’s progress.
  • Is my child guaranteed to pass?
    11 Plus exams are highly competitive and selective exams so we cannot guarantee that your child will pass. What we can ensure is that your child is given the opportunity to do their very best with the knowledge, confidence and understanding of the exam they are going to sit. We work really hard to bring enjoyment to their experience and send your child away with a fearless approach to learning.
  • From what age can my child start 11 Plus tuition?
    Children can join our 11 Plus programmes at any time. Our foundation course starts for children in Year 3 focusing on building concrete maths and English skills. For children in Year 4 our course introduces exam content and problem solving skills that they will face in entrance exams. Once children are in Year 5 we develop advanced knowledge, speed and accuracy to achieve exam success.