Altrincham Grammar School for Girls Article

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Description: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls(AGGS) is a selective, high performing secondary school located in Cheshire. The school is part of theBright Futures Educational Trust(BFET), a multi-academy trust o ...


Altrincham Grammar School for Girls (AGGS) is a selective, high performing secondary school located in Cheshire. The school is part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust (BFET), a multi-academy trust of 12 schools in Greater Manchester and Blackpool. The schools work together to sustainably improve their curriculums and facilities while giving back to their communities, ultimately offering more pupils opportunities. The school has an exceptional academic record at both GCSE and A-LEVEL. It offers a broad curriculum from Key Stage 3 to 5, shaping young women's lives through enrichment opportunities that support them in realising their full potential. However, the school has a strict admissions process. The information below provides more information about the school and how you can successfully apply via its admissions procedure, with important dates in the calendar included. You will also find advice related to its 11 plus entrance exam and valuable resources to support your child with their preparation. 


School details:


Address: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Cavendish Road, Bowdon, Altrincham, WA14 2NL

County: Cheshire

Type of school: Girls' Grammar School Academy Converter

Age range: 11-18

Ofsted rating: Outstanding

Number of pupils: 1351

Admissions to Year 7: 204

Open day (2022 entry): Virtual tour

11+ exam date (2022 entry): Monday 13th September 2021.

Exam board: CEM (Trafford 11 Plus)

Admissions phone number: 0161 912 5912

Admissions email address:


Brief Overview of Altrincham Grammar School for Girls and the School's Performance

The school opened its doors in 1910, and in the last 111 years, has developed into a centre for academic success renowned for delivering a world-class education. It is the largest all-girls grammar school in England and is considered a leader in secondary education for mathematics, science, PHSE, and Modern Foreign Languages. The school was the first recipient of the National Teaching Schools award to recognise its commitment to building partnerships with other schools that enhance pupils' opportunities. 


The exceptional welfare of its pupils is evident from their academic achievements. With a 2018/19 Progress 8 score of 0.19, meaning that pupils at this school are, on average, likely to achieve a higher than expected grade than predictions made based on their primary school attainment. Data from the same year highlights that the school's Attainment 8 score is 78.6, significantly higher than both the local authority and national average. You can learn more about Attainment 8 scores from the AQA exam board


Government GCSE data for 2018/19 recorded 99% of pupils scoring Grade 5 or above in English and maths, with 99% of pupils entered EBacc with an average score of 7.77, almost double the national average. A-LEVEL data from the same year highlights that the school's average result is A, and in 2020 101 Year 13 pupils achieved A grades in all subjects. 


Altrincham Grammar School for Girls Admissions Process: 2022 Entry 

For entry to the school in 2022, parents will need to register their child for the 11 plus entrance exam. The school is part of the Trafford Grammar Schools CEM Consortium (TGSCC), which uses the CEM 11 plus assessment. Registration information will be available in May, so please make sure to check this link for an update regularly.


You can find a list of the key dates below, complete with guidance on what to do. 



May 2021 - Information about 11+ test registration will be available

Please refer to the school’s website to find out more information about registering for AGGS’ 11+ entrance exam.

1st June 2021 - 11 plus exam registration for AGGS opens.

Parents and guardians of Year 5 pupils can now begin registering their child for the September 11+ exam. Please note that this also serves as the Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

25th June 2021 - 11 plus exam registration deadline for AGGS

This is the deadline for registering for 2021 11 plus exam. Please note that if you miss this deadline, your child may not be entitled to sit the entrance test for this school. While late applications are sometimes accepted, this is by no means guaranteed.

12th September 2021 - Common Application Form (CAF) opens for submission

Please submit the Common Application Form to your local authority; you must list Altrincham Grammar School for Girls as one of the preferences to be offered a place. Forms are sent to parents via primary schools on behalf of Trafford Council.

13th September 2021 - Date of the 11 plus entrance exam for AGGS. 

The school will communicate the time and location of the test in advance.

31st October 2021 - Deadline for CAF submission. 

Trafford Council will stop accepting forms on this date. Again, please ensure to list this school as your first choice.

1st March 2022 - National Offer Day

Trafford Council will contact parents/guardians to inform them of their allocated secondary school. Subject to passing the entrance test and meeting all other criteria, your child should receive an offer of a place at AGGS.

15th March 2022 - Deadline for parents to accept or appeal the decision.  


Parents/guardians need to accept or reject the decision made by Trafford Council. If you reject the decision, you will need to follow the appeals process as outlined by the school. (Please see FAQs at the bottom of this page).




For more information, please refer to the 2022 Admissions Policy


Altrincham Grammar School for Girls' 11 Plus Exam

For admission to this school, candidates will need to sit the TGSCC test. This test consists of two 45-minute papers, with 15 minutes allocated for practise questions in each. The CEM assessment's verbal reasoning paper focuses on vocabulary, comprehension, and verbal reasoning. Numerical reasoning sections of the exam consist of maths problems like those from the new KS2 national curriculum. The non-verbal reasoning section tests spatial reasoning (how different objects can relate). All questions are multiple-choice


In past years the consensus was that CEM is slightly more challenging than other exam providers due to time limitations. Candidates need to move between different styles of questions quickly under strict time conditions. For example, one past paper CEM test only gave pupils 15 minutes to answer 25 maths questions and 15 minutes to answer 60 verbal reasoning questions. It is an added challenge, given that CEM does not release past papers, but some familiarisation test papers are available. 


According to the school's admissions policy, the pass mark for the 2021 test is 334. However, this does not automatically grant admission, which is why it is important to refer to the school's oversubscription policy in the FAQs at the bottom of this page. 


Altrincham Grammar School for Girls' 11 Plus Exam Sample Test Papers and Resources

As highlighted above, there are a limited amount of CEM past papers available online. The style of question on the CEM test papers varies every year, so predicting what will come up is difficult. It also means that irrespective of the number of practice papers a candidate completes, there is no guarantee that they will have the upper hand. 


Do note that some primary schools are known to provide resources to help prepare for the CEM test. If you know that your child will be sitting the CEM assessment, it is worth contacting their primary school for guidance. 


You can also use the familiarisation papers below: 


Free CEM assessment maths papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

Practice Paper 2

Free CEM assessment English and verbal reasoning papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

Practice Paper 2 With Answers

Free CEM assessment non-verbal reasoning papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

Practice Paper 2

Practice Paper 2 Answers

Free CEM assessment general papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 2

Practice Paper 3

Practice Paper 4

Practice Paper 5


AGGS familiarisation papers:

2021 Comprehension Familiarisation Sheet

2021 Maths Familiarisation Sheet

2021 NVR Familiarisation Sheet

2021 Word Choice Familiarisation Sheet


Additional Information about AGGS

The school offers a broad curriculum, and at Key Stage 3, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. During that time, pupils will choose two of the three Modern Foreign Languages on offer, including French, German, and Spanish. At Key Stage 4, both English Language, English Literature, and mathematics are mandatory. Following the EBacc system, GCSE pupils will also need to choose from either History or Geography (can select both) one of the languages studied at KS3 and a science (single or multiple). 


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Altrincham Grammar School for Girls FAQs by Parents

What is the school's Ofsted rating?

The school's current Ofsted rating is 'Outstanding'. You can access the full report here.


Is Altrincham Grammar School for Girls fee paid?

This school is a selective grammar school and is non-fee paying. 


Where is the catchment area for AGGS?

The school is yet to release information about the 2022 catchment area. However, it is worth noting that the school offered no places to candidates outside of the catchment area last year. You can find more details in regard to milage where offers were made outlined below: 


2016 entry – 11.77 miles

2017 entry – 6.025 miles

2018 entry – 11.18 miles

2019 entry – 8.478 miles

2020 entry – 6.788 miles


What score do 11+ candidates need to achieve to receive an offer for admission?

For the 2021 test, the pass mark is 334, but oversubscription criteria may apply. 


What if too many candidates score 334 in the 11+ exam?

In this instance, the oversubscription criteria will apply. Please refer to section 4.0 of the 2022 Admissions Policy.


What is the AGGS appeals process?

Parents can exercise their right to appeal. However, please be aware that this is overseen directly by the school and not the local authority. Email the Admissions Officer at to request an appeal pack.


AGGS' School Uniform

Details for the full school uniform and PE kit can be found here, and the school also offers a second-hand uniform scheme, with the proceeds going entirely to the student body. 


Where can I view GCSE and A-LEVEL results in further detail?

The school's website has an entire page dedicated to GCSE and A-LEVEL exam results. 



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