Old Swinford Hospital | Year 7, 11 Plus (11+) Entry – Flexi-Boarding Places

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Old Swinford Hospital (OSH) is a co-ed secondary school in Stourbridge, West Midlands. Operational since the 17th century, it is one of the 36 state boarding schools in the country. Admission into Year 7 is non-selective, with the exception of flexi-boarders. [1]


Benefitting from a well-integrated curriculum, pupils study a range of subject options that maximise their academic qualifications. Effective lessons are delivered for Mandarin, mathematics, science and technology, among others, adding up to the lively and competitive character of the learning environment. 


To provide an exemplary educational experience, OSH offers a stimulating co-curricular programme that encompasses everything from debating, CCF and STEM Club to fencing, outdoor learning and Young Rotarian. Charitable and fundraising opportunities are pursued with vigour, resulting in a warm community of compassionate and mature young adults who exhibit considerable amounts of moral integrity. [2]


Pivotal to the OSH constructive provision is a strong ethos that encourages both collaborative and individual achievements. Children are inspired to make their contribution to the welcoming atmosphere that pervades campus, hence friendships are firm and outcomes are distinctive, built on trust and positive relationships with staff. 


11 Plus (11+) Flexi-Boarding Admissions Information | Old Swinford Hospital


The deadline for application for flexi-boarding places is in October of the year preceding entry. Prior to registering, the school advises prospective families to attend an open event, held in September, during which they will learn more about the admissions process and OSH’s educational philosophy.


Besides completing the school’s registration form, you should also complete the Common Application Form (CAF), include OSH as your preferred school and submit it to the Local Authority.


For flexi-boarders, entry can be through academic Ability Tests or Musical / Sports Aptitude. The ability tests are held in the Autumn term of Year 6. In the case of a tie, priority will be given to a looked after child or previously looked after child. 


11 Plus (11+) Flexi-Boarding Exam Information | Old Swinford Hospital


Address: Heath Lane, Stourbridge DY8 1QX

County: West Midlands

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01384 817325

School type: State co-ed day and boarding school

Exam type / Board: CEM Select


As part of the assessment process for 11+ entry for flexi-boarders, your child will be asked to complete an online test called CEM Select.


The test contains a number of unusual question formats that your child is unlikely to have encountered before. These include drag and drop digits and sentence auto-completes.


The assessment will be divided into a series of highly time-pressured sections. Your child doesn’t necessarily need to complete all the questions in each section to do well.


11 Plus (11+) Flexi-Boarding Exam Format | Old Swinford Hospital


The CEM Select will cover the following areas:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning


The Verbal Reasoning section of the test assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using words, with a special focus on depth and breadth of vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning section requires your child to solve problems using shapes and patterns with a main focus on one specific question type.


The Numerical Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to solve problems using numbers and arithmetic.


11 Plus (11+) Practice Tests | Old Swinford Hospital


Our CEM Select practice tests are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient. 


Each timed module is marked automatically. Your child will then be able to review every question in detail with clear step-by-step explanations.


Statistical averages, based on the scores of other students who have taken the same practice test, are provided so you can get an idea of your child’s relative performance against their peer group. Click the below links to learn more and purchase: 


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These full mock tests are designed to provide your child with highly accurate practice ahead of their CEM Select Assessment. Each practice test covers Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning, replicating the modules, timings and question types used in the actual exam.


Each test contains unique content but they are all pitched at the same difficulty level as the actual assessment. This means you can easily benchmark your child’s progress as they work through the practice tests, quickly identifying their strengths and weaknesses.


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Each of our Skill Practice tests is designed to focus on one specific question type that can come up in the CEM Select exam. They are ideal for targeted practice and an efficient way to quickly improve your child’s scores in each topic.


Verbal Ability


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Please note that Pretest Plus is an independent publisher of practice tests and not affiliated with or endorsed by the publishers of CEM Select or any other test publisher.

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