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Year 7 Admissions

Announcement – The Grammar Schools in Birmingham Entrance Test

If your child is currently in Year 5 and you would like them to sit the entrance test for entry to Year 7 in September 2023, you will need to register online for the test between Monday 9th May 2022 – Thursday 30th June 2022 (by 4pm).

If any dates/plans regarding the entrance test change from those already published, this will be communicated as soon as possible.  We are monitoring the situation and will follow advice and guidance from the Government.


Entry to one of the Grammar Schools in Birmingham in September 2023 is for those children born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012, who are offered a place after taking the selective test for Birmingham.

Where several candidates have the same score and only one place is available, offers will be made:

  • Firstly to looked after or previously looked after children
  • Second to students eligible for the Pupil Premium and
  • Lastly to those who live closest to the School.

Key Dates for Year 7 Admissions in September 2023

Open Evenings at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

To be confirmed.


Admissions Timeline for Year 7 entry in September 2023:

Test Registration opens - Monday 9th May 2022
Information brochures are available from each of the schools and you may register online. An information brochure is available to download here.

Deadline for Disability Requests for Adjustments to the Test - Wednesday 15th June 2022
If your child has a disability and/or requires additional resources to sit the test you should contact us for a disability form and return no later than this date.

Test Registration deadline - Thursday 30th June 2022 at 4pm
If your form has been successfully submitted you will receive an automatic email immediately following submission. You will receive a second acknowledgement within 15 working days of receipt.
Registrations after this date will not be accepted and children will not be able to take the test.

Grammar Schools Entrance Test Date - Saturday 17th September 2022

Grammar Schools Test Results - by Friday 21th October 2022
The entrance test results will be received prior to you completing your Local Authority preference form - Note this is not the offer of a place.

Local Authority Preference form deadline - Monday 31st October 2022
All parents must complete a preference form in addition to registering your child for the test. These are distributed through primary schools or available through your home Local Authority. The Grammar Schools in Birmingham does not issue preference forms.

Registering for the test

  • In order to complete this application you will need to have available for upload a clear photograph, taken within the last six months, of the candidate's face (head and shoulders).
  • The upload needs to be in jpg, jpeg, png, or gif format and must be less than two megabytes in size.
  • The picture upload will take place after submitting the main PDF form.
  • You will need a .pdf reader to complete the form such as the free Adobe Reader.
  • In order to register for the test, please click here.
  • Once you have submitted this application, you will receive an email to confirm it has been submitted successfully. You will also receive a further confirmation within 14 working days.
  • The website for 'the Grammar Schools in Birmingham' is available by clicking here.

The test

The entrance test for 2023 entry will be held on Saturday 17th September 2022.

There are two tests of approximately 45 minutes.

The papers will be divided into smaller, individually timed sections that test:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non verbal reasoning
  • Mathematics and
  • Reading comprehension/literacy skills

Children will write their answers in the test booklets and most of the questions will be multiple choice. The marks will be standardised to take account of differences in age and then added together.

In order to familiarise yourself with the test, we hope you find the following information useful:


You will receive your child's test score on, or as close to, Friday 21st October 2022, by email.

Please note this is not an offer of a place. The letter will indicate the scores required for admission for each of the schools in the previous three years. Parents/carers can then decide whether or not to include any of the Grammar Schools in Birmingham on their home Local Authority (LA) preference form.

Offers will be made by the Local Authority on 1st March 2023 (or the next working day) and full details are given in your Local Authority booklet or available online.

Parents/carers will only receive one offer and will not hear from any school unable to offer their child a place.

If you have not received your child's letter informing you of their test score by Friday 21st October 2022, please email to request a further copy.


Parents/carers must complete a Local Authority (LA) preference form. These are available from your child's school or your home Local Authority.

If a school is not on your child's Local Authority form they cannot be offered a place.

Pupils are admitted on the basis of their performance in the test. Applicants are ranked according to test score and then where test scores are equal, priority will be given to:

  • Firstly to looked after or previously looked after children
  • Second to students eligible for the Pupil Premium and
  • Lastly to those who live closest to the School.


You must contact the office on 0121 415 6004 if your child is unwell. You must contact us on the morning of the test.

Special Arrangements

If your child is unable to sit tests on Saturdays for religious reasons we are able to arrange an alternative date. Please tick the box on the registration form and enclose a supporting letter from your religious leader if you would like us to do this.

If your child has a disability and/or requires special resources to sit the test, please write to The Grammar Schools in Birmingham as early as possible, to request a disability form (A1) to complete. If applying via the online application form, you must tick the relevant box and request a form (A1) from It is the parents/carers responsibility to ensure that this form (A1) has been requested and returned by the deadline.

You will be asked to describe your child's disability and to supply medical evidence. A panel of experts will meet following the A1 form deadline to assess each special request.

The deadline to return A1 forms is Wednesday 15th June 2022.

If this form has not been completed and returned to the Grammar Schools in Birmingham by the deadline no special arrangements can be considered for your child in this test.

Please note that this date is earlier that the test registration deadline and that information provided after the panel has met cannot be considered.