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Caistor Grammar School

Caistor Grammar School


11plus exam content.

Subjects Tested: Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning

Entrance criteria.

Admissions Process

Caistor Grammar School is a co-educational 11 to 18 selective school. The school became Grant Maintained in September 1991, when the school’s admissions policy was included in the school’s proposals for Acquisition of Grant Maintained Status. 

It became a Foundation School on September 1st 1999 and an Academy on 1st December 2010. The school follows the Lincolnshire County Co-ordinated Admission Scheme.

Applicants will take Verbal Reasoning tests in the Autumn Term of Year 6. The School will administer these tests.

Only children who attain a total score of 220 or more in the tests will be eligible for entry. This corresponds to the county-wide standard required in Lincolnshire for entry to LEA grammar schools and is designed to select the upper 25% of the ability range.

You can register for the tests using the online form.

Key Dates for entry into Year 7 in September 2022

13th August 2021

Deadline for registration to take the 11+ entrance papers- registration is electronic and via the link on the school website. You will be sent an automatic reply to say that your registration has been successful which you should retain. Please check your spam and junk mail folders if this does not come through, and then contact if you cannot find it, since we cannot accept registrations after this deadline.

15th Sept 2021

By this date, parents will be informed how the School will run the two test dates and how we will communicate the outcome of the tests to parents.

25th Sept 2021

First 11+ Entrance Paper- Standard Verbal Reasoning.

2nd Oct 2021

Second 11+ Paper- Multiple Choice Verbal Reasoning.

19th Oct 2021

Parents are informed of the outcome of the tests.

Half Term

This is from 23rd October to 7th November. At this point the School will be shut, so you will not be able to contact us during this period to discuss your results.

31st Oct 2021

Deadline for submitting your preference form to the Local Authority. Please check with your Local Authority how to do this. You cannot join the School unless you have submitted the preference form.

1st March 2022

National offer day for secondary schools, when the Local Authority informs you if you have a place. 

To apply for in-catchment status for September 2022, you must live within 6.5 miles ‘as the crow flies’ from the School on 1st September 2021.  The school are happy to advise on your address’ catchment status for you.  The School will send you the In catchment declaration form, after you have submitted your registration form to take the Entrance Tests.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you require any further information on 01472 851250 or email

Contact details.

Caistor Grammar School

Church Street, 




Phone 01472 851250


Date to Register: June - August

Date of Exam: September 

Type of Exam: Linconshire Grammar Schools Consortium 11+ Tests

School website.

School history.



The Caistor Free Grammar School was established by the benefaction of two local landowners. A school house in Caistor was first provided for under the terms of the will of William Hansard of Beskingthorpe [Biscathorpe], Lincoln, dated 18 Mar 1627. 

This school was to provide for the instruction of youth in good literature, religion, and duty towards God and man. The school master was to be paid a yearly stipend of £30, whilst the under school masters were to be paid the yearly stipend of £15. 

The school was also endowed by the will of Frances Rawlinson, Rector of South Kelsey, in 1630. As Rawlinson died first, he became the founder, and the resources of both wills combined, with Hansard being designated as a benefactor upon his death. 

The money was invested for the support of the teachers; the master to be paid out of the Rectorial Tithes of Bilsby and Asserby; and the usher to be paid from the rent of a farm and land at Cumberworth [this estate was sold c.1912/1913 for £2000].


The patronage and trusteeship of the school was vested in the Boucherett family as heirs of Sir Edward Ayscough. Under the original terms of endowment the patron and trustee were responsible for the appointment of the school master and usher. 

A new scheme for the schools management was produced by the Charity Commissioners in 1885. The first meeting of the Governors instituted under the new scheme took place on 12 Aug 1885, and was chaired by the ex-officio Vicar of Caistor. 

The management of the school was handed over to the board of education following the 1902 Education Act. In 1959 there were LEA plans to close the school which ultimately came to nothing, and the school is currently run as a selective state school.


The first known school master was William Metcalf, succeeded by Timothy Welfit in 1640, and other masters included Samuel Rolt, Vicar of Caistor, between 1722 and 1743, who went on to be master of Lincoln Grammar School, and Dr William Ellis who was master between 1837 and 1853. 

Up to 1770 it was common place for the mastership to be given to the Vicar of Caistor, and after this date there was generally a connection between the mastership and the anglican church. 

The first mistress was appointed in 1908 to allow for the admission of girls into the school. The post was filled by a Miss Edith L. Richards, BA.


The original ironstone School Hall dates from 1631 and is still in use. During the 1830s extensive repair work carried out, funded mainly by donation, and in October 1836 the National Schoolroom on Bank Street was being used whilst the said repair work was being undertaken. 

At this time work was carried out on the south side of the building, the facade was topped by a parapet, and a partition was erected inside the building to separate the two classrooms.

In 1907 an appeal was sent out by the Governors to the local land owners, and in 1909 two new classrooms were built. In 1919 Grove House was purchased. In 1920 land belonging to Lord Tennyson, situated just beyond the original schoolhouse, was purchased, and this became the site of a new teaching block built in the 1930s and extended and modernised in 1984. 

The Manning Building was opened in 1984 and contains a large gymnasium. It has recently been enlarged to provide extra classrooms and a state of the art fitness suite. 

Two new Technology Buildings were added in 1993 and 1994. There is currently a Sixth Form Centre that occupies Casterby House, once a large private house and which overlooks the churchyard from the far side of the school gates. 

The School Library, established during the head mastership of Henry Ernest James Coxon, is now housed in what was the Congregational Church built in 1842.


** This information is provided for guidance only and while the content is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate we cannot be held in any way responsible for any errors or omissions that it may contain. Please contact your LA or chosen grammar school for all admission and elevenplus exam queries.**

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