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 Arrangements
  • Entry To Other Years

Eligibility

Entry to one of the Grammar Schools in Birmingham in September 2019 is for those children born between 1st September 2007 and 31st August 2008, 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

Open Evenings at Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Wednesday 27th June 2018
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Headteacher's address: 6.30pm, 7.05pm and 7.40pm
Wednesday 19th September 2018
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Headteacher's address: 6.30pm, 7.05pm and 7.40pm
Thursday 20th September 2018
11.00am - 12.15pm
Headteacher's address: 11.00am

Admissions Timeline for Year 7 entry in September 2019

Monday 1st May 2018
Registration for the test opens. Please refer to the Registering for the Test heading and follow the link in bullet point 5.
Wednesday 20th June 2018
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 29th June 2018 at 4pm
Closing date for registering for the test.
Saturday 8th September 2018
Date of Grammar Schools Entrance Test.
Friday 12th October 2018
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.
Tuesday 31st October 2018
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.
Thursday 1st March 2019
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 8th September 2018.

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.

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 12th October 2018, 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 2019 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 19th October 2018, 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:

  • 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.

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 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 20th June 2018.

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 than 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

For more information about our Sixth Form and the application process, please refer to our Sixth Form website.