Find out information about Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School here and learn about what courses your child should be doing if they hope to pass the entry examination into Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School.

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam- About the test

The 11 plus exam for Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School is the Birmingham exam which uses GL to set the tests. Children will be tested in four subjects:

  • English
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Maths

The Birmingham 11 Plus uses two papers , one paper focusses on literacy and contains English and verbal reasoning questions. The second paper includes maths and non-verbal reasoning. Each paper includes 60 minutes of questions with timed sample practice sessions taking a further 15 minutes.

Our Complete 11 Plus Programme fully prepares children for all of these subjects. The course is fully structured so that we build up core skills and introduce children to the new skills they will need for the exam. The course includes about 2000 pages, 30,000 questions and roughly 60 timed tests.

Not only is the course effective but it really helps parents by taking away the need to research which books to buy and then decide which ones to do when and how much of each subject to do. Our courses are not only available to parents as private tutors also use them to support the children in their care.

If parents have less time to prepare then we have two shorter preparation courses available- scroll down for more details.

About Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School

Founded in 1527, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School is a very special place, providing an outstanding and inspiring academically challenging and well-rounded education for able boys and girls from Birmingham and across the Midlands. Academically, they are one of the top performing state schools nationally: ‘A’ level, 80% A*-B (2017)  and at GCSE (2017), 72% of grades attained were Grade 7 or better in the reformed  English Language and Mathematics and 70% of grades were awarded A*/A in the unreformed GCSE qualifications. From the Sixth Form, almost three quarters of students go on to study at the prestigious Russell Group universities.

Area Birmingham
Pupils 1,025 pupils
Places in Year 7 192 places
Competition 5+ applicants for every place
Exam Format GL 11 Plus
School Website

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Courses and Mock Exams

With high entry standards to Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, your child will need plenty of preparation in order to get in. Parents can choose to use tutors/tuition centres or books/structured courses. The benefits of a structured course are that it is tailored to the area you are applying for and parents can focus on helping their child rather than worrying about which books to buy when and what order to do the work in.

Our courses are used by parents and by private tutors who choose to use them instead of books to help their children.

We also supply a series of mock exams to complete at home. These are invaluable either instead of expensive hall based mocks or done before a hall based mock to ensure you get best value from it.

West Midlands 11 Plus Mock Exams

All schools in Birmingham, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire and Wolverhampton are now part of the West Midlands test group and will sit the same exam.

West Midlands 11 Plus Mock Exam 1

West Midlands 11 Plus Mock Exam 2

West Midlands 11 Plus Mock Exam 3

West Midlands 11 Plus Mock Exam 4

West Midlands 11 Plus Mock Exam Bundle (packs 1-4)

Of course, you will need to ensure that the correct skills have been learnt before tackling an 11 Plus Mock Exam and we have a range of courses to help you achieve that listed below.

Which 11 Plus course to choose?

If your child is in Year 3 or Year 4 then please use our primary schools course chooser ( link below) as a guide to starting on the right course. These courses focus on core literacy and numeracy skills. They help your child reach their potential before moving onto 11 Plus preparation at the right time

Primary School- Course Chooser for younger children

If your child is really bright and in the latter half of Year 4 or in Year 5 then please choose from the courses below which have been tailored for the 11 Plus and this school/area.

Complete Courses – Complete Preparation for the 11 Plus Exam

The course below is our flagship course and includes everything needed. This course is 40 parts in length with its own dedicated page including full details and  free course preview.

The  Complete 11 Plus Programme

If you just wanted to focus on the literacy or numeracy elements then we have cut those out of the main course to create the two courses below.

The Complete 11 Plus Programme- Vocabulary, English, Verbal Reasoning

The Complete 11 Plus Programme- Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning

If you just wanted to focus on vocabulary then we have cut that out of the main course to be a course on its own.

The Complete Vocabulary Course

Enhance Courses- For those with a little less time

If you have less time available we have cut our main course down to half the length (roughly 65% of the materials in the complete course are included in our Enhance course) Full details and free preview are available by following the link:

11 Plus Enhance

If you just wanted to focus on either the literacy or numeracy aspects then we have cut those from the full Enhance course to create two alternative options.

11 Plus Enhance- Vocabulary, English and Verbal Reasoning

11 Plus Enhance- Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning

If you just wanted to focus on vocabulary then we have cut this from the Enhance courses as well to create a further option.

Vocabulary Enhance

Boost Courses- For those preparing without much time to go until the exam

If you are preparing later then we have produced these short courses which are half the length of Enhance courses but contain  about 40% of our longest course. Link to the full Boost course below where you will find full details and an in-depth free preview:

11 Plus Boost

If you just wanted to focus on literacy or numeracy then we have cut-down versions of this course below.

11 Plus Boost- Vocabulary, English and Verbal Reasoning

11 Plus Boost- Maths and Non-Verbal Reasoning

If you just wanted to focus on vocabulary then we have also created a boost vocabulary course below.

Vocabulary Boost


We have created a revision course which is suitable for this school. This tends to be used by families who have not found us until very late and have perhaps prepared with books or with some tutoring but now want to have something more structured.

Please do not do this course if you have done any of the courses above as there is some crossover of material.

11 Plus Revision Course

Preparation for Independent School 11 Plus Exams

Often we will find parents are asking their children to sit an 11 Plus exam for a grammar school in Sept and then are going on to sit an Independent School 11 Plus exam the following January.

Where this is case we have prepared two courses to help with the additional preparation that will be required:

11 Plus Creative Writing Course

11 Plus Maths Stretch and Revision

11 Plus Comprehension Course

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