Manchester Grammar School (MGS)

The Manchester Grammar School (MGS) is a popular all-through independent day school for boys. It is the single most popular destination for our clients, with roughly 30% of our students choosing to go there. Peak Tuition are able to provide expert tuition and help your child prepare for the entrance exam. Since 2015, 100% of our students have been successful in gaining admission to MGS after taking the 11+ and 98% at all other stages. If you would like a tutor for the Manchester Grammar School entrance exam, the best place to start is by making an enquiry on our contact page.

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The 11+ entrance exam takes place in January and consists of 4 papers:

1 – Arithmetic A (Short)

Arithmetic A is a straightforward 30 minute assessment, consisting of 20 questions. None of the questions require any excessive working out & all topics are likely to have been covered by your child’s prep school.

2 – Arithmetic B (Long)

Arithmetic B is a more challenging 1 hour assessment, consisting of 11 questions with several sub-questions. The questions vary in difficulty and most will require some level of working out or the use of formulas. Some of the topics – permutations, for example, are unlikely to have been taught by your child’s school and so the test is designed to highlight mathematical strengths in 11+ candidates.

3 – English A

English A is a 30 minute assessment that measures your child’s understanding and use of the English language. This includes a short comprehension, finding missing works and logic and data. Your child should have a varied and sophisticated vocabulary to ensure a strong result on this paper.

4 – English B (Comprehension)

English B is a complex 50 minute assessment that challenges your child with a comprehension followed by a series of questions. Those questions vary in style, but heavily require good inference skills and time management. Vocabulary is also important for this one, so make it a key focus of your preparation!



  • Don’t be tempted to complete a large amount of tests in preparation. This is not a good way to prepare and it is likely to make little or no difference to your child’s results.
  • Focus on bringing up your child’s academic standard in order to successfully gain a place. This way when your child does gain entry, they will continue to thrive when they start.
  • Reading a variety of good quality classic books will help improve your child’s vocabulary and reading skills. – The Manchester Grammar School