Secondary Education on Wirral


Wirral has a wide range of fantastic non-selective and selective secondary schools; every pupil is different and their needs and interests may be best catered for at different schools. We strongly encourage parents who are considering secondary school options to visit a range of schools before they make their decision. 

Wirral, non-selective mainstream secondary schools include:

  • Ridgeway High School
  • Pensby High School
  • The Mosslands School
  • Bebington High Sports College
  • South Wirral High School
  • Birkenhead Park School
  • The Oldershaw School
  • Prenton High School for Girls
  • Weatherhead High School
  • Hilbre High School
  • Woodchurch High School (faith school)
  • St John Plessington Catholic College (faith school)
  • St Mary's Catholic College, A Voluntary Academy (faith school)
  • Co-op Academy Bebington

Wirral specialist provision secondary schools include:

  • Clare Mount Specialist Sports College
  • Kilgarth School
  • Foxfield School
  • Meadowside School
  • West Kirby Residential School
  • The Observatory School


If you wish to consider a grammar school place, the selective schools administer entrance examinations. Four of the grammar schools use Wirral's co-ordinated entrance examination (11+) as their admissions examination.  

Those schools are:

  • Calday Grange Grammar School for Boys
  • West Kirby Grammar School for Girls
  • Wirral Grammar School for Boys
  • Wirral Grammar School for Girls

The test provider is GL Assessment. The examination consists of:

  • non-verbal reasoning,
  • verbal reasoning
  • mathematics

The 11+ Assessment Request Forms are made available each year from the beginning of May for children in Year 5 who will be applying for secondary school places.  The form will be available from Wirral's admissions portal from May onwards.  Assessment request forms are for parents who want their child to take the 11+ assessment in September of Year 6. Forms need to be returned to Wirral Local Authority by 31st May.

The timetable for parents considering applying for their children to undertake the grammar school entrance examination is:

31st MAY  Deadline for 11+ assessment requests

SEPTEMBER   On-line secondary school application system 'goes live'

SEPTEMBER  11+ assessments (check calendar for each year's tests) 

OCTOBER  Results to parents 

31st OCTOBER  Deadline for secondary preference forms


There are other selective schools on Wirral that administer their own admission examinations and have their own selection criteria which are detailed on each of their websites.  They are:

  • Upton Hall Grammar School for girls (Faith School)
  • St Anselm's Grammar School for boys (Faith School)
  • Birkenhead High School Academy for girls

Examinations for selective schools are undertaken at those institutions and the dates are:

Upton Hall - Early September 

St Anselm's - Mid September

Birkenhead High School Academy - usually in October.

For more information, please contact the schools directly.

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