North Halifax Grammar School

West Yorkshire


The North Halifax Grammar School (NHGS) is a state-supported, mixed, selective 11–18 grammar school providing a free education. As an Academy, the NHGS governing body is the school’s admission authority. For entry to Year 7, the school operates a joint admissions process with The Crossley Heath School (CHS).

GL Assessment and school's own test

Mixed Grammar School

Apply by 2nd September 2018

Test Month: September (29th September 2018)

Results Sent to Parents: October

Allocations: 1st March 2019

North Halifax Grammar School
Moor Bottom Road
West Yorkshire

Admissions and exam information

The exam is made up of a GL Assessment paper and two school-written papers. There will be a break between papers. This exam covers verbal reasoning, mathematics and English.


Total of 180 places in Year 7

Children will complete an English, mathematics and verbal reasoning test. Children have 60 minutes to complete the English test, it has two parts reading and writing. It is recommended that 30 minutes is spent on each section. In mathematics children have 30 minutes to attempt 40 questions. Children also sit a 30-minute GL Assessment verbal reasoning test, which consists of 50 questions. English tests will be marked by qualified English teachers. Mathematics and verbal reasoning tests will be marked by computer, and children will put their answers on pre-printed answer sheets. The scores for each test will be age-weighted.

Open day
28th June 2018

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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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11 Plus course info

Our course is open to all. We don’t pre-test; we welcome all children with the ambition and drive to go to grammar or independent school.

Students on the 11 Plus course attend twice a week; one exam preparation class (tailored to the local exam requirements) and one tailored, flexible session that focuses on developing core maths and English skills. 11 Plus members also have access to a fantastic online resource with unlimited non-verbal and verbal reasoning exam style questions – perfect for home practice whenever you want it.

Our course starts 12 months prior to the exam for Year 5 members.

To find out our membership prices, find your nearest centre.

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