Apply for a grammar school entry test
Optional entry tests for Birmingham’s grammar schools will take place on Saturday 8 September 2018.
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 29 June 2018.
If we haven’t received your form by this time, for whatever reason, your child will not be allowed to take the test.
Your test registration form will be acknowledged immediately by email. This is very important, this is your receipt to show you have registered for the test. You will receive a second email within 15 working days. If you do not receive the second email within 15 working days please call 0121 415 6004.
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 2018 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)
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 12 October 2018. 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.
The following schools offer a percentage of their places for those who have the highest qualifying score and have registered and qualify for Pupil Premium, please check the school’s individual admissions arrangements for further details.
- Bishop Vesey's Grammar School
- King Edward VI Aston School
- King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
- King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
- King Edward VI Five Ways School
- King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls: do not offer a percentage of their places to girls who have the highest qualifying scores and have registered and qualify for Pupil Premium. However, where test scores are equal as a final qualifier, priority at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls will be given to:
- Looked after children and previously looked after children
- Children registered for Pupil Premium (those children registered for Free School Meals at any point in the past six years).
- Those who live nearest to the school
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys: do not offer any places on the basis of Pupil Premium nor do they use it as a final qualifier such as Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls does (see above). Places are offered to boys that have the highest qualifying scores in the test.
Parents of children registered for Pupil Premium (Free School Meals) MUST tick the relevant box online when registering their child for the test or by 28 September 2018 at the latest.
Late indications up to 28 September 2018 should be made via firstname.lastname@example.org This cannot be amended following this date.