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Boston High School Admissions Policies

Any comments or concerns arising from these policies should be addressed in the first instance to the Clerk to Governors, c/o Boston High School, Spilsby Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 9PF


In Year Admission into Year 7 - Year 11

Mid-year entry to the school is possible in Years 7 to 11 if the numbers in the relevant year group are below the published admission number. Applications are made on the Lincolnshire mid-year admissions available from: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions they can also apply by telephone, or ask for a hard copy application form, by telephoning 01522 782030 or directly to the school (parents will be asked to apply via Lincolnshire County Council), but applicants for places in Years 10-11 will need to be aware that Key Stage 4 qualification routes already started in other schools may not be able to be continued or contribute to successful outcomes from the school’s examination board syllabuses.

If a child has taken the 11+ in Lincolnshire, a direct transfer can be made, at the Governors’ discretion, if the child has reached the qualifying standard.

Pupils who have not taken the 11+ test will be tested by the school to assess potential. A place may then be offered, subject to the level attained correlating with performance in the top 25% of the relevant age cohort.


Assessment Procedure
Once a mid-year application through Lincolnshire County Council is complete. Pupils will be invited in to take the mid-year entrance test. The tests are based on nationally recognised and standardised GL Assessment tests.

11+ - Year 7 Entry

Pupils in current Year 7 will sit two GL Assessment 11+ tests, one verbal reasoning and one non-verbal reasoning and they will need to score in line with the top 25% of their cohort admitted to the school (in their admission year) to be considered a place.

12+ - Mid-Year Entry Year 8 plus

Pupils in Year 8 and above will sit a GL Assessment Cat 4 test. This consists of verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, quantitative and spatial tests (test differences are highlighted below). These will be age weighted. Pupils will be expected to attain an average National Percentile Ranking (NPR) of 75% and above, with the verbal and non-verbal NPR score to be no lower than 75%. This will place them in the top 25% ability range for the GL national data set.
The NPR is based on GL Assessments national representation and is the fairest way to compare the performance of different pupils within a year group. The CAT4 test provides a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses across four areas:
Verbal Reasoning – the ability to express ideas and reason through words is essential to subjects with a high language content, and the most obvious skill picked up by traditional assessment.
Non-verbal Reasoning – problem-solving using pictures and diagrams; skills which are important in a wide range of school subjects, including maths and science-based subjects.
Spatial Reasoning – the capacity to think and draw conclusions in three dimensions, needed for many STEM subjects, but not easily measured by other datasets.
Quantitative Reasoning – the ability to use numerical skills to solve problems, applicable well beyond mathematics 

Sixth Form Admissions

Detailed information regarding admission into our Sixth Form can be found within the Sixth Form section of this website.