Registering for the Entrance Test
When to apply
See the admissions timetable for details of when you can register.
To be eligible for a place at a grammar school in Birmingham for September 2023 entry, applicants must sit the optional entrance test and achieve the qualifying score or above. Your child's date of birth will be between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012 and you register for test during the registration period when your child is in Year 5.
Your child will sit the entrance test when they are in Year 6.
In a small number of cases, some children will not fall under this date of birth range, for example they are taught in a year group higher than their usual cohort, or are taught in a year group lower than their usual cohort. In these cases, you will need to contact the Admissions office during the registration period. A letter confirming your child is taught outside their normal age group and the reason(s) for this will be requested from the primary school along with any other evidence that is deemed relevant to each case. The Admissions office will make a decision whether to allow your child to sit the entrance test outside their normal age group based on the circumstances of each case. A child in either of these groups has only one opportunity to sit the entrance test and any offer of a place will be withdrawn if the offer has been made on the basis of an incorrect, fraudulent or misleading application.
How to register for the test
During the registration period, you can register your child for the entrance test here.
As part of the registration process, you will need to upload a photograph of your child. This is used to verify your child's identity at the test venue and will be checked again should your child be successful in gaining a place at one of the grammar schools. Before beginning your registration, ensure you have a suitable photograph available on your device ready to upload. Photographs should clearly show your child's face and have been taken within the last month prior to registering. The photograph should be in .jpeg format and must be no larger than 2mb in size.
If you have any difficulties registering online please contact the Admissions office.
If your child is unable to sit the test on a Saturday or requires reasonable adjustments, please see further information by clicking here.
Each of the grammar schools offer some priority to Pupil Premium applicants - more information can be found here.
Warwickshire grammar schools
The entrance test for The Grammar Schools in Birmingham is shared with Warwickshire County Council and the grammar schools in Warwickshire. This means by sitting the 'Birmingham' entrance test, your child can be eligible to apply for any of the grammar schools in Warwickshire. Likewise, applicants sitting the 'Warwickshire' test can be eligible to apply for any of the grammar schools in Birmingham. To be eligible, you must tick the relevant box on the test registration form to share the results. Any request to share results after the registration closing date will not be considered until after school offers have been made in March 2023.
You must only apply for your child to sit the entrance test in either Birmingham or Warwickshire, not both. If you live in, or near to Warwickshire or close to one of the Warwickshire grammar schools you must regsiter for the test via Warwickshire Councty Council.
To view the admissions policies and how each of the schools offer places please visit the individual schools websites.