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Entrance Test - September 2024 Entry

This year we are pleased to announce a collaboration between Midlands based selective schools.

This new partnership, known as ‘West Midlands Grammar Schools’, will incorporate all Birmingham, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, and Wolverhampton grammar schools.

For September 2024 entry there will one test for all children, reducing stress for candidates and ultimately supporting children’s well-being and positive mental health.

This one selective school entrance test will take place across the West Midlands Grammar School partnership on the same day – 16th September 2023, or within an agreed testing window on Monday 18th September, (certain schools only). With parental consent, candidates’ tests scores can be shared between all schools within the partnership. There will be no need for any child to sit multiple tests over different weekends.

Dates and key processes have been aligned and all applications will be directed to one centralised application portal, opening at 9:00am on 9th May 2023.  Parents will be asked to enter their home postcode and their child’s gender and will then be directed to the relevant website to register their child for the entrance test. Children will be tested at their local test centre and will be eligible to apply for any of the schools in the group. There will no longer be a need to sit tests at every school of interest. Following the notification of test scores in October, the parents will be able to list their schools of interest on the Local Authority Preference Form.

Results will be released throughout the West Midlands Grammar Schools’ partnership using an age-weighted standardisation around a median score of 200 and further details will be made available on individual school websites in due course.  This will mean a change for those grammar schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton who previously used a median score of 300. More details will be given in time.

The West Midlands Grammar Schools’ partnership will provide a much-improved entrance test process for all children.  We thank you for your continued support, understanding and interest in our schools.

SCHOOLS INCLUDED in the West Midlands Grammar School Partnership include: 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, King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys, Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls, Queen Marys High School, Queen Marys Grammar School, Newport Girls’ High School, Wolverhampton Girls’ High School, Haberdashers Adams, King Edward VI School Stratford, Lawrence Sherriff School, Stratford Girls Grammar School, Rugby High School and Alcester Grammar School.

The Test

The Test comprises two papers, which assess Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning provided by GL Assessments. Normally, each test paper is approx. 50 minutes in length. School administration for each test will normally be one-hour.

Candidates are given a short break between the papers. Questions are included in question booklets. Candidates MUST write answers on the separate answer sheets provided.

Key Dates

Online registration portal opens
Deadline for submitting SEN form (if applicable)
Online registration portal closes
Entrance Test (for those sitting at WGHS)
Deadline for submitting LA preference form
National Offers Day
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