Ashlawn School



Ashlawn School in Rugby, Warwickshire is a partially selective Secondary School. The school specialises in Science, Computing and Leadership. Ashlawn is one of only five bilateral schools in England, and these students need to score highly in the 11 Plus examination to gain admission to the Grammar stream in Year 7. The school allocates 12% of its admission number based on academic ability. It is a large school of approximately 1,800 with over 110 members of staff. Ashlawn School is a National Teaching School and was judged as ‘Outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection.


Mixed bilateral school

Test Month: September

Results Sent to Parents: October

Allocations: 1st March 2020

Ashlawn School
Ashlawn Road
CV22 5ET

Admissions and exam information

The exam is made up of two CEM (Durham University) papers. Approximately 50 minutes is allowed for each paper. There will be a break between papers. This exam covers non-verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, verbal (vocabulary and comprehension and verbal reasoning).


Total of 256 places in Year 7 – up to 12% are selective

Applicants for selective places at Ashlawn School take the same test as applicants for Grammar Schools in Warwickshire.The testing process in Warwickshire is shared with the selective test in the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham. The school assesses using the CEM exam board. There will be two 50-minute tests. Each test will cover all areas: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, mathematics, literacy and reading comprehension. Most of the questions are multiple choice. Each paper will be divided into smaller, individually timed sections and the test scores will be standardised.

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Exam preparation

From experience we know that the best preparation for the exams cannot be achieved in a short period of time. We believe the earlier your child can practice the better chance they have in securing a place.

How can you ensure my child gets into the best schools 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.

How often should my child have extra tuition? 

At Explore we take a blended approach that involves a weekly individual session, essential to focus on your child’s core maths and English skills and vital to exam success, as well as one scheduled class-taught session each week that focuses on exam-specific techniques and content. As part of our offering we recommend regular home practice, to embed learning of new skills covered in class. We utilise bespoke online and paper-based materials to provide your child with clear activities to practise at home.

Why should I choose Explore Learning?

We understand that you want to give your child the best opportunities in life and we are here to support you throughout their journey into secondary education. We believe every child should have fair access to exam preparation, we don’t pre-test children, and welcome children of all abilities and will give them the best possible preparation to demonstrate their potential.

Our comprehensive 11 Plus and Entrance Exam courses give children the opportunity to become confident in a range of verbal and non-verbal reasoning methods. In addition, we ensure children are developing the core maths and English skills needed to tackle any exam with confidence. We also prepare children for entrance exams into independent schools, tailoring our courses to suit the focus of schools in the local area.

How to secure a place at this school

Our centres specialise in 11 Plus exam preparation so your child has access to regular practice and the best 11 Plus tuition in the country. For more information, visit one of our recommended centre pages to see how we can cater for your child. To discuss your child’s needs we recommend arranging a visit at one of our Explore Learning tuition centres.


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