Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

"Every day at this school, every student is given a chance to shine, to push their boundaries and to exercise the skills that they will need to shape their future.
That is what this school does."

This comment from a student encapsulates life at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls.
We offer the environment and opportunities to enable your daughter to flourish.

** Admissions for September 2018 - Please click here **

  • Eligibility
  • Key Dates
  • The Test
  • Registering for the test
  • Results and Offers
  • Special Arrangments
  • Entry To Other Years

Eligibility

Entry to one of the Grammar Schools in Birmingham in September 2017 is for those children born between 1st September 2005 and 31st August 2006, who are offered a place after taking the selective test for Birmingham.

Where test scores are equal, priority will be given to:

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children
  • Children registered for Pupil Premium (those in receipt or who have received FSM in the last six years)
  • Those who live nearest to the school

Key Dates

Open Evenings at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Wednesday 29th June 2016
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Headteacher's address: 6.30pm, 7.05pm and 7.40pm
Wednesday 21st September 2016
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Headteacher's address: 6.30pm, 7.05pm and 7.40pm
Thursday 22nd September 2016
11.00am - 12.15pm
Headteacher's address: 11.00am

Admissions Timeline for Year 7 entry in September 2017

Monday 9th May 2016
Information brochures are available from each of the schools and registration for the test opens. In order to register for the test, please refer to the details below.
Wednesday 15th June 2016
If your child has a disability and/or requires additional resources to sit the test, you should request a disability form (A1) and return no later than this date. The address to write to for the A1 form is: The Admissions Officer, The Grammar Schools in Birmingham, Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD.
Friday 8th July 2016 at 4.00pm
Closing date for registering for the test.
Saturday 10th September 2016
Date of Grammar Schools Entrance Test.
Friday 14th October 2016
Grammar Schools Test results. The test results are NOT an offer of a place but provide you with the information needed to make an informed decision when submitting your Local Authority Secondary Transfer Preference Form.
Monday 31st October 2016
Deadline for return of completed Local Authority Preference Form. All parents must complete a this form as well as applying for the test. The forms are distributed through primary schools or available through your home Local Authority.
Wednesday 1st March 2017
Offers will be made by the Local Authority. Parents will only receive one offer and will not hear from any school unable to offer their child a place.

The Test

The test will be held on the morning of Saturday 10th September 2016.

Your child will sit two tests of approximatley 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.

Click here to view a familiarisation booklet which provides more information about the Entrance Test. There are no commercially available practice test papers for these assessments. Please note that this familiarisation booklet is not definitive and the inclusion of any question types does not guarantee that they will be found in the final assessment.

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.

Results

You will receive your child's test score on, or as close to, Friday 14th October 2016, by post.

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 2017 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 2016, please email admissions@ske.uk.net to request a further copy.

Offers

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:

  • Looked after children and previously looked after children
  • Children registered for Pupil Premium (those in receipt or who have received FSM in the last six years)
  • Those who live nearest to the school

Special Arrangements

If your child is unable to sit tests on Saturdays for religius reasons wea re 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 a1@ske.uk.net. 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 2016.

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.

Illness

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

Entry To Other Years

Years 8 - 11

Occasionally, vacancies arise for entry after the age of 11 years. Please contact the school directly if you are seeking the admission of an older daughter.

Sixth Form

The Sixth Form is open to girls only. A limited number of external admissions is anticipated each year at age 16 years. For entry into Year 12 in September 2016, this number is anticipated to be a minimum of 15 It is not necessary for Year 11 students already at the school to complete an application form. They will automatically have a place if they meet the admissions criteria. Entry to Year 12 is on the basis of academic ability demonstrated by achievement at GCSE. Places in the Sixth Form are awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

  • A minimum of five A grades in five different subjects;
  • All students should achieve B grades as a minimum in English (Language not Literature) and Mathematics;
  • In order to be able to take a particular subject at AS level, an A or A* grade at GCSE in that subject is expected. Where the subject to be studied has not been taken at GCSE, a specified equivalent subject will be used;
  • The availability of places in a subject, bearing in mind the total efficiency of the school;
  • A meeting with a senior member of staff at the school;
  • Predicted GCSE grades;
  • Acceptance of the Sixth Form Student-School agreement.

Where Sixth Form places are over-subscribed, priority will be given to current students, looked after children or previously looked-after children, students who have been eligible for Pupil Premium funding and then those who live nearest to the school (according to the straight-line distance between home and school).

Conditional places will be offered and places will be confirmed following the publication of GCSE results. The school holds a waiting list of applicants who meet the general academic requirements for admission to Year 12 but who, in accordance with the criteria given above, cannot initially be offered places. If places become available upon the publication of GCSE results, or if the number of students studying particular subjects falls below the maximum set sizes for the subjects, those applicants on the waiting list will be offered places in accordance with the admission criteria, in order of priority, revised in the light of actual GCSE grades.

For more details please refer to the Sixth Form prospectus.