Skegness Grammar School 11+ Guide

A detailed look at Skegness Grammar School including past 11+ papers and practice 11+ papers.

About Skegness Grammar School

Skegness Grammar School is a selective secondary school in Lincolnshire. For children to get into Skegness Grammar School they need to pass the school's 11+ entrance test. Hence, Skegness Grammar School is a traditional grammar school, one of only 163 remaining in England.

Nestled in the charming seaside town of Skegness, Lincolnshire, Skegness Grammar School is a distinguished co-educational day school that has been nurturing young minds for centuries. With a rich history and a commitment to academic excellence, the school provides a well-rounded education to approximately 700 students aged 11-18. The picturesque campus serves as an ideal setting for students to explore their potential and develop a lifelong love for learning.

All images © Skegness Grammar School.
All images © Skegness Grammar School.

At Skegness Grammar School, the curriculum is carefully crafted to encompass a wide range of subjects, including sciences, technology, social studies, and languages. The school places a strong emphasis on self-discipline and good manners, recognizing the importance of these qualities in shaping well-rounded individuals. Beyond the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in a diverse array of extracurricular activities and enrichment programs, which not only enhance their social development but also broaden their cultural horizons through exciting trips to international destinations.

All images © Skegness Grammar School.
All images © Skegness Grammar School.

The success of Skegness Grammar School can be attributed to its exceptional staff, who are not only highly professional but also deeply passionate about their respective subjects. This dedication is reflected in the school's impressive examination results, with a remarkable 95% of students achieving grades 9-4, including English and Maths, and an astounding 77% accomplishing grades 9-5 in the same core subjects. The school's unwavering commitment to providing top-quality educational opportunities ensures that every student has the chance to unlock their full potential and thrive in their chosen paths.

All images © Skegness Grammar School.
All images © Skegness Grammar School.

As a proud member of the David Ross Education Trust, Skegness Grammar School benefits from the support and resources provided by this esteemed organization. The school's holistic approach to education goes beyond preparing students for prestigious universities; it also equips them with the essential skills and knowledge needed to excel in their future careers. With its rich history, exceptional staff, and commitment to excellence, Skegness Grammar School continues to be a beacon of educational excellence in the region.

Skegness Grammar School is a mixed gender grammar school (i.e. both girls and boys).
Skegness Grammar School is a mixed gender grammar school (i.e. both girls and boys).

School Information

Below you will find further information about Skegness Grammar School together with their admissions contact details.

Skegness Grammar School,
Vernon Road,
PE25 2QS
School Website
Telephone 01754610000
Email Address
Gender Mixed (both girls and boys)
Total Year 7 Places 132
Total Pupils (Girls/Boys) 669 (340 Girls / 329 Boys)
Headteacher Mr Jude Hunton

Skegness Grammar School is a mixed (i.e. both girls and boys) school. It is also an academy, meaning the school is run independently by a trust or sponsor and is directly funded by the central government (not the local authority).

In total 669 pupils attend Skegness Grammar School and it's led by the Headteacher, Mr Jude Hunton.

Skegness Grammar School Location

Below you will find a map showing the school's location:

GCSE & A-Level Subjects

Below you will find a complete list of GCSE and A-Level subjects offered to pupils at Skegness Grammar School for the 2022-23 academic year.

GCSE Subjects Offered
  • English Language (70 pupils)
  • Mathematics (70 pupils)
  • English Literature (70 pupils)
  • Spanish (50 pupils)
  • Business Studies:Single (47 pupils)
  • Geography (40 pupils)
  • Biology (35 pupils)
  • Physics (35 pupils)
  • Science: Double Award (35 pupils)
  • Chemistry (35 pupils)
  • History (30 pupils)
  • French (19 pupils)
  • Physical Education/Sports Studies (18 pupils)
  • Design & Technology (16 pupils)
  • Media/Film/Tv Studies (16 pupils)
  • Religious Studies (14 pupils)
  • Art & Design (Fine Art) (10 pupils)
  • Computer Studies/Computing (6 pupils)
  • Drama & Theatre Studies (6 pupils)
A-Level Subjects Offered
  • Sociology (21 pupils)
  • Business Studies:Single (21 pupils)
  • Psychology (19 pupils)
  • Media/Film/Tv Studies (17 pupils)
  • Geography (15 pupils)
  • Biology (12 pupils)
  • Mathematics (12 pupils)
  • Chemistry (9 pupils)
  • Physics (9 pupils)
  • History (9 pupils)
  • Economics (7 pupils)
  • Physical Education / Sports Studies (6 pupils)

Lincolnshire 11+ Information

In order to get into Skegness Grammar School, children need to pass the Lincolnshire 11+. This 11+ test is written by GL Assessment for use by the school's admissions process.

Lincolnshire 11+ Subjects & Structure

The Lincolnshire 11+ requires children to complete tests in the following subjects:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-verbal Reasoning
  • Spatial Reasoning

The 11 plus exam for Skegness Grammar School is administered by the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. The assessment consists of two separate papers that evaluate a student's abilities in verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, and spatial reasoning.

The first paper focuses on verbal reasoning and includes 80 questions divided into 15 sections, with a time limit of 50 minutes. The second paper assesses non-verbal and spatial reasoning through 70 questions split across 5 individually timed sections.

All questions in the Lincolnshire 11 plus are presented in a multiple-choice format, and students record their answers on separate answer sheets that are electronically marked. This rigorous examination process helps identify students with the aptitude and potential to excel at Skegness Grammar School.

Other Schools using Lincolnshire 11+

As well as Skegness Grammar School, several other schools also use Lincolnshire 11+. These are:

Lincolnshire 11+ Marking Process

The reality of 11+ tests, selective education and academic institutions such as Skegness Grammar School is that only children with particularly high marks are admitted. Hence why it is important that children perform well in their 11+ papers.

Different schools (and different 11+ tests) have different marking processes. Some tests are marked in person, some remotely, while others utilise computer-based optical recognition technologies for quickly marking multiple-choice answer sheets.

Most 11+ tests are multiple-choice and marked electronically but still some remain that are marked by teachers or examiners.
Most 11+ tests are multiple-choice and marked electronically but still some remain that are marked by teachers or examiners.

Many 11+ tests are age-standardised to ensure younger children are not disadvantaged (i.e. their marks may be moderated depending on the month in which they were born). While creative writing papers can be used as tie-breakers, multiple-choice tests in Maths, Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning normally make up the bulk of a child's marks. The specific details and weightings can vary from year to year.

It's worth remembering that once children's 11+ tests are being marked, the admissions process is completely outside of the parents' control. Hence, parents should not worry themselves about whether their child has got a place!

Lincolnshire 11+ Pass Mark

The pass mark for the Lincolnshire 11+ changes every year and isn't generally made public knowledge. This is due to the academic strength of the children taking the test varying and how challenging the test ends up being (as well as plenty of other smaller variables).

Stop worrying! Once the 11+ marking has started the admissions process is out of your control.
Stop worrying! Once the 11+ marking has started the admissions process is out of your control.

Hence, as a vague rule-of-thumb, it's recommended that children aim for roughly 75-80% in their practice tests. Whilst this won't guarantee them a place at Skegness Grammar School, it's a ballpark exam result figure for successful candidates.

Lincolnshire 11+ Key Dates for your Diary

Here are all the important dates for the Lincolnshire 11+ tests (to get into Skegness Grammar School) as well as other relevant dates.

Date Event Calendar Link
05/01/2024 Lincolnshire Grammar School 11+ Registration Opens
31/03/2024 Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ Registration Closes
14/09/2024 Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ Verbal Reasoning Paper
21/09/2024 Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ Non-verbal Reasoning Paper
11/10/2024 Lincolnshire Grammar Schools 11+ Results Day
31/10/2024 Secondary School Common Application Deadline
01/03/2025 National School Offers Day

Although the utmost care has been taken to gather these dates, parents should treat them as a guide and check with Skegness Grammar School as they may well change.

Ofsted Information

Skegness Grammar School was last inspected by Ofsted on 21/09/2021 and the inspection only lasted one day. Ofsted published their report on 19/10/2021, declaring that the school was 'Good'. This information is summarised in the table below along with a link to the full report.

Skegness Grammar School obtained <strong>Good</strong> in their last Ofsted inspection in 2021.
Skegness Grammar School obtained Good in their last Ofsted inspection in 2021.

Last Ofsted Report Data

Date Inspected Inspection Duration (Days) Reporting Date Rating Full Report
21/09/2021 1 19/10/2021 Good Full Report

Ofsted Report Summary

Skegness Grammar School was inspected by Ofsted on 21 September 2021 and received an overall outcome of Good. The school was rated Good in all areas, including Quality of education, Behaviour and attitudes, Personal development, Leadership and management, and Sixth form provision.

This inspection result highlights the school's commitment to providing a high-quality education and a supportive environment for its students. The Good rating across all areas demonstrates the school's consistent performance and its ability to meet the needs of its students effectively.

GCSE & A-Level Performance

Below are the individual GCSE and A-Level performance tables for Skegness Grammar School per subject. Note that this may include children taking GCSEs early (e.g. taking a language GCSE in Year 10) or indeed a child in Year 12 retaking a GCSE.

GCSE Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Art & Design (Fine Art) 10 - - 1 - 2 1 3 2 1 -
Biology 35 - - - - 3 7 11 6 3 5
Business Studies:Single 47 - - 3 8 9 15 5 2 4 1
Chemistry 35 - - - - 3 12 8 5 3 4
Computer Studies/Computing 6 - - - - 3 - - 1 1 1
Design & Technology 16 - - 2 2 5 5 1 1 - -
English Language 70 1 - 5 6 11 17 17 7 5 1
English Literature 70 - 1 4 7 15 13 12 7 8 3
French 19 - - 2 5 3 1 1 3 1 3
Geography 40 - - 1 2 5 9 7 10 1 5
History 30 - 1 3 1 2 5 6 3 5 4
Mathematics 70 - - - 1 14 20 12 10 9 4
Media/Film/Tv Studies 16 - - - 4 - 6 3 3 - -
Physics 35 - - - - - 4 8 10 3 10
Religious Studies 14 - 1 - 1 3 2 1 3 - 3
Spanish 50 4 9 10 16 5 3 1 1 - 1
Drama & Theatre Studies 6 - - - - - 4 1 - 1 -
Physical Education/Sports Studies 18 - - - 2 2 4 4 4 1 1
Science: Double Award 35 - - - - - - - - - -

A-Level Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U E D C B A A*
Biology 12 - 3 4 1 1 3 -
Business Studies:Single 21 - 4 5 6 2 3 1
Chemistry 9 - 2 3 1 1 1 -
Economics 7 - 1 3 1 1 - -
Geography 15 - 2 5 - 6 2 -
History 9 - - 1 3 4 1 -
Mathematics 12 - 1 1 4 2 3 1
Media/Film/Tv Studies 17 - 4 6 5 2 - -
Physical Education / Sports Studies 6 - 1 1 2 2 - -
Physics 9 - - 4 4 - - -
Psychology 19 - 2 8 6 1 2 -
Sociology 21 - - 4 9 7 1 -

Past 11+ Paper Downloads

Unfortunately, Skegness Grammar School has not made any of their past 11+ papers publicly available.

Practice 11+ Paper Downloads

Here are some superb free 11+ practice papers that children can download and use to help prepare for the Lincolnshire 11+ Ensure you double-check with Skegness Grammar School which subjects and topics your child's 11+ tests are in to ensure you prepare for the right tests.

GL Assessment

These Free GL 11+ Practice Papers were published by GL Assessment themselves. They remain useful and we would encourage parents to download and use them with their children.

Exam Board Subject Answer Sheet Question Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers)
GL AssessmentEnglish
GL AssessmentVerbal Reasoning
GL AssessmentMaths
GL AssessmentNon-Verbal Reasoning


These Free GL 11+ Practice Papers were published by CGP and we thank them for granting us permission to distribute them. They are up to date and extremely useful.

Exam Board Subject Answer Sheet Question Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers)
GL AssessmentMaths
GL AssessmentEnglish
GL AssessmentVerbal Reasoning
GL AssessmentNon-Verbal Reasoning

These Free CEM 11+ Practice Papers were published by CGP and we thank them for granting us permission to distribute them. Grammar schools no longer use CEM for any of their 11+ entrance tests. However, as a general practice tool these tests remain useful.

Exam Board Subject Answer Sheet Question Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers)
CEMVerbal Reasoning
CEMNon-Verbal Reasoning


Is Skegness Grammar School hard to get into?

Yes, Skegness Grammar School is hard to get into! Children need to pass their challenging 11+ entrance test (with a high pass mark) and there's tough competition with many other children trying to get a place for Year 7.

Is Skegness Grammar School a private school?

No, Skegness Grammar School is one of the few remaining academically selective, state-funded grammar schools left in England.

Is Skegness Grammar School free?

Yes, Skegness Grammar School is free, there are no school fees. Thus, sending your child to Skegness Grammar School won't cost you any money.

How do I get my child into Skegness Grammar School?

You need to apply to take the school's 11+ test. Contact Skegness Grammar School for how up to date information on how to apply (it may be automatic or it may require some forms to be filled in). More information on their 11+ entrance test can be found here.


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