Apply for a grammar school entry test

Optional entry tests for Birmingham’s grammar schools will take place on Saturday 9 September 2017.

If you’d like your child to sit an entry test, you’ll need to complete a Request for Optional Test form by 4pm on Friday 30 June 2017.

If we haven’t received your form by this time, for whatever reason, your child will not be allowed to take the test.

We’ll acknowledge receipt of your application form within 14 working days. If you haven’t heard from us after 14 days you should contact The Grammar Schools in Birmingham before the closing date to make sure they’ve received your form.

When and where the test will be held

We’ll let you know, usually by email, when and where the test will be held.

An alternative test will be held in September 2017 for children who:

  • are ill on the day of the test, and who provide proof of illness (a medical certificate or doctor’s letter)
  • can’t sit the text on the day due to religious reasons, and who provide proof (a letter from their religious leader)

Test results

IMPORTANT: Please wait for your child's test results before naming a grammar school as one of your 6 preferences on your Secondary school application. If you submit your application with grammar schools and your child is not successful in the selective test, you will have reduced the number of schools you could list as preferences.

The Grammar Schools in Birmingham should send you the test results by letter by 13 October 2017. Once you’ve received your test results you should decide whether to name a grammar school as one of your preferences on your expression of preferences form.

Places are offered to children on the basis of the highest qualifying scores in the tests. Please refer to each school’s information section in the Parents’ Information Booklet for full details of their admission policies.

Pupils who accept places at selective schools will not be entitled to free transport from the local authority if an appropriate place is available at a maintained school within 3 miles of their home address.