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The King Edward VI Academy Spilsby

The King Edward VI Academy Spilsby


11plus exam content.

Subjects Tested: Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning

Entrance criteria.


The David Ross Education Trust is the Admission Authority for this Academy.

Arrangements for applications for places in Year 7 at King Edward VI Academy will be made in accordance with Lincolnshire County Council's co-ordinated admission arrangements; parents resident in Lincolnshire can apply online at 

Parents resident in other areas must apply through their home local authority. King Edward VI Academy will use the Lincolnshire County

Council's timetable published online for these applications and the relevant Local Authority will make the offers of places on their behalf as required by the School Admissions Code.

Published Admission Number (PAN)

The Published Admission Number is 90. If there are more applicants than places available the over-subscription criteria detailed below will be applied.

Special Educational Needs

Any child with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the academy will be admitted.

Children of UK service personnel (UK Armed Forces) and returning crown servants.

For families of service personnel with a confirmed posting to the area, or crown servants returning to live in the area from overseas, the school will:

• Process an application in advance of the family arriving in the area provided it is accompanied by an official letter that declares a relocation date or a Unit postal address or quartering area address to use when

considering the application against the school's oversubscription criteria. Parents must provide some evidence of their intended address.

• Accept a Unit postal address or quartering area address for admissions purposes for a service child.

The school will not refuse a service child a place because the family does not currently live in the area.

Oversubscription Criteria

If there are more applications than places available we will apply the oversubscription criteria listed below.

The oversubscription criteria are listed in the order we apply them. If it is necessary to distinguish between more than one applicant in any criteria, the next criteria will be applied until the tie-breaker is used.

1. Looked after children and previously looked after children (see definition 1).

2. Up to 30 children selected by academic ability, having taken the 11+ selection tests. (see definition 2)

3. Children with a sibling at the academy who will still be attending when the child is due to start. (see definition 3)

4. The distance from the child's home address to the academy. Priority will be given to the child living nearest the academy. (see definition 4)


If two or more children are tied for the last place a lottery will be drawn by an independent person, not employed by the school or working in Children's Service Directorate at the local authority.

Multiple Births and Brothers and Sisters in the Same Year Group

If twins or multiple birth children are split by operation of the oversubscription criteria, the school will go above its published admission number to accommodate all children unless this would make the class too large and prejudice the education of the other children.

If brothers and sisters in the same year group are split by operation of the oversubscription criteria, the school will go above its published admission number to accommodate all children unless this would make the class too large and prejudice the education of the other children.

Admission of children outside their normal age group

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group, for example, if the child is gifted and talented or has experienced problems such as ill health.

Parents wishing to make these requests must contact their home local authority for guidance on the procedure to follow. Parents resident in Lincolnshire should call 01522 782030 or email for advice on the procedure to follow.

It is important for parents to note that they will have the opportunity and responsibility to provide whatever evidence they wish to support their request. The Academy’s admissions committee will make decisions on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned.

This will include taking account of:

• the parent’s views;

• any available information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development;

• where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional;

• whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group;

• any evidence that the child may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely

• the views of the head teacher

Fraudulent or Misleading Applications

As an admission authority we have the right to investigate any concerns we may have about your application and to withdraw the offer of a place if we consider there is evidence that you have made a fraudulent claim or provided misleading information, for example a false address was given which denied a place to a child with a stronger claim. 

We reserve the right to check any address and other information provided so we can apply the oversubscription criteria accurately and fairly.

Fair Access Protocol

Local Authorities are required to have Fair Access Protocols in order to make sure that unplaced, vulnerable children are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible. The school will comply with Lincolnshire’s Fair Access Protocol. This may mean admitting children above the PAN. 

In year Admissions

Applications should be made via Lincolnshire County Council. If there are more applications than places then the oversubscription criteria will be used to decide who should be offered the place. If it is necessary to refuse a place then you will be informed of your right of appeal. Parents can apply online at or call 01522 782030 for a paper form.

Reserve list

For admission into the intake year the school will keep a waiting list which we call a reserve list. If we refuse a place at our school your child is automatically placed on the reserve list, unless you have been offered a higher preference school. This list is kept in the order of the oversubscription criteria, as required by the school admissions code.

 Children can move up and down the list depending on where the other children are ranked against the oversubscription criteria. The admission authority must not take account of the time you have been on

the list when allocating places. For the intake year the list is held by the Local Authority School Admissions Team until the end of August. After this the school admissions code requires that schools keep the reserve list until the end of the autumn term.


If your child’s application for a place at the school is unsuccessful, you will be informed why admission was refused and given information about the process for hearing appeals. If you wish to appeal, you must set out the grounds for your appeal in writing. You are required to fill out an appeals form, details of which can be found on the Lincolnshire County Council website.


You can find details of the form and the appeals timetable on the following webpage:


1. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after including those children who appear (to the Trust as the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).

2. A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in

Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. 

A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public

authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society (see Section 23ZZA(8) of the Children Act 1989 (inserted by Section 4 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017)). 17 This includes children who were adopted under the Adoption Act 1976 (see section 12 adoption orders) and children who were adopted under the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (see section 46 adoption orders). 

Child arrangements orders are defined in s.8 of the Children Act 1989, as amended by s.12 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Child arrangements orders replace residence orders and any residence order in force prior to 22 April 2014 is deemed to be a child arrangements order. Section 14A of the Children Act 1989 defines a ‘special guardianship order’ as an order appointing one or more individuals to be a child’s special guardian (or special guardians)

3. The 11+ selection tests consist of one verbal-reasoning and one non-verbal reasoning test. Children applying for a selective place will need to achieve the minimum qualifying standard of 220 in the tests. Priority will be given to those children obtaining the highest score. 

If the 30th child to be offered a place has the same score as another (or more than one other) child, the place will be offered by random  allocation. 

Any random allocation process will be supervised by a person independent of the Academy or Trust. For further information on

registering for and taking the selection tests please contact the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools at 

If there are insufficient applicants who have achieved the minimum standard places will be offered to other children in line with the oversubscription criteria.

4. Sibling means a brother or sister (including adoptive, half or step brothers and sisters and foster children) who will be attending the academy at the date of admission and is living permanently at the same address as the child. In the case of twins/multiple births (or two or more siblings in the same age cohort) and where there is only one place available in the academy, both will be considered together as one application. In such a case the academy will be authorised to exceed its admission number.

5. The definition of the child’s home address is the permanent home address of the parent at the time of application. Proof of residence can be asked for at any time during the admissions process. Where a child

regularly lives with one parent for part of a week and with the other parent for the rest of the week, the permanent address will be the address at which the child lives for the greater part of the school week,. 

If the child spends equal amounts of time at two addresses, the parents can choose which address to use for the application but must agree on the address to be used before we can process the application.

Straight line distance as calculated electronically to three figures after the decimal point (e.g. 1.543 miles) by Lincolnshire County Council school admissions team from the Post Office Address Point of the home to the Post Office Address Point of the school.

Contact details.

King Edward VI Academy

West End



PE23 5EW

Telephone: 01790 753260

Fax: 01790 754495


Type of Exam: Linconshire Grammar Schools Consortium 11+ Tests

School website.

School history.

The King Edward VI Academy, Spilsby - its history

In common with many grammar schools in England and Wales, Spilsby's was founded in 1550 under Royal Charter of King Edward VI and bore his name. The building of the new school was funded by the local Lords of the Manor of Eresby, the Willoughby family, who also endowed the school with a fund that continues to the present day.

In the terms of the original grant of November 1550, Katherine, Duchess of Suffolk and Charles Brandon and their heirs were to have the right to nominate and appoint the schoolmaster.

Initially the school had no school building and lessons took place in the chapel at Willoughby's Eresby Manor estate. In 1611 the family donated a plot of land and the agricultural buildings were converted into a small school. In 1839 a new school was built on its current site, again with funds provided by the Lord of the Manor. 

Between 1741 and 1842 the school population consisted of around forty two children, 30 boys and 12 girls. In 1839 the number of girls on the roll increased to 15 although the girls were only taught to read and write in addition to needlework classes, while the boys also studied mathematics, the sciences, Greek and Latin.

In 1894 Lord Gilbert Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 1st Earl of Ancaster and 25th Baron Willoughby de Eresby established a charitable trust to continue annual funding of the grammar school into the future.

Spilsby's second school

In 1954 in response to the government's new Tripartite Educational System the local education authority built a second secondary school in the town called Sir John Franklin Secondary Modern School at a greenfield site near the A16 main road. Under the banner of "education for all" the secondary modern was to provide a rich but more practical and vocational education for those children who did not pass the 11+ examination and attend grammar school.

Merger of the schools

Due to falling roll numbers and in an attempt to reduce running costs, in 1991 Lincolnshire's education authority announced that it was to amalgamate the two Spilsby schools under a single management and teaching structure while retaining both school sites. This in fact took the form of closing both schools and creating a new school.

The new school was named Spilsby High School. As the number of pupils continued to fall, the original grammar school site was eventually abandoned. The building stood empty and unused for several years, although it could not be demolished due to its Grade II Listed Building status. 

In 2007 the grammar school building was reoccupied and now serves as the home of New Life Community Church, providing conference facilities and a youth club for 11- to 15-year-olds. The rear portion of the building has been demolished and will soon be developed for residential housing.

In late 1999 Spilsby High School renamed and rebranded as King Edward VI School and the current school badge was adopted.

The school converted to academy status in and was renamed King Edward VI Academy. The school is now sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust.

** 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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