Secondary school admissions

Secondary school information for parents

Wirral’s online admission system can be accessed from . Applying online is quick and simple to do. You will receive an automatic email so that you know your application has been received by CYPD. On allocation day, online applicants will receive an email with their child’s allocated place. The deadline for online applications to be submitted is 31 October the year prior to starting in Year 7. You can put up to three schools in the order of your preference. It is always recommended to put more than one school in your preferences in case you are not allocated your first choice. If you want to give a preference for a school outside Wirral, you will need to include this as one of your preferences. CYPD will tell other local authorities about parents’ preferences for schools in their area by the end of November. If you cannot apply online, you can complete the paper preference form provided by the local authority. The deadline for paper applications to be returned is 31 October 2016. If you do not apply online or return a paper preference form, it will be assumed that you do not have a particular preference. Your child will be given a place at the nearest school with a place.

11+ information for those children in Year 5. REGISTER before 31st May. Registration opens for Year 5 children on 1st May.

The 11 Plus (also called the 11+ or Eleven Plus) is an examination taken by some school pupils in their last year of primary school to get into a grammar school of their choice. In reality most children will only be 10 years old when they take the test – the term “11 Plus” refers to the fact that the test selects for schools with an entry point for children aged 11 or over.

Parents and carers will be informed of the outcome of the 11+ assessments before 31st October. 

The 11 plus in Wirral is administered by the Wirral Borough Council for:

  • Calday Grange Grammar School
  • West Kirby Grammar School
  • Wirral Grammar school for Girls
  • Wirral Grammar school for Boys.

The testing venue will be allocated by the Wirral Borough Council in the August prior to testing taking place in September. All parents who have requested testing of their child by the deadline date will be informed of the testing location by letter. 

Whereas, St. Anselm’s College and Upton Hall School administer their own tests.

Click on this link to apply for 11+ for your child before 31st May.

Wirral 11+ Assessment application page

If you require further information with regard to admissions to Seconday school or the 11+ please see the files below or visit Wirral Admissions website at the link at the top of this page.




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