Year 7

Year 7 Admissions

There are two main points of entry to the school, at Year 7 (first year) level and into the Sixth Form. From time to time vacancies arise in other years. Admission in these cases is by means of a test at the school. Parents are requested to contact the school for an application for a Change of School (In – Year) Form to be completed and returned.




For entry to selective schools in September 2023 is only for those children born between, 1 September 2011 – 31 August 2012 who are eligible to take the optional selective test.


Within Birmingham there is one optional selective tests a child can sit. Selective tests are held for places at one of the grammar schools within The Grammar Schools in Birmingham.


“The Grammar Schools in Birmingham” consists of:


  • Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
  • King Edward VI Aston School
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys & Girls
  • King Edward VI Five Ways (Boys & Girls)
  • King Edward VI Handsworth School (Girls)
  • Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls
  • Handsworth Grammar School


The admission process timetable for Year 7 entry in September 2023 is as follows:

Admission Packs and Test Registration forms available from 9th May 2022
Disability Forms to be returned no later 15th June 2022
Closing date for receipt of Test Registration forms 30th June 2022 at 4.00pm
Grammar Schools Entrance Test Date 17th September 2022
Grammar Schools Test results 21st October 2022 *Note: This is not the offer of a place*
***Local Authority Preference Form deadline = End of October each year
Offers = 1st March 2023 or next working day.


*** The Local Authority Preference Form must be completed and returned by End of October each year. These are distributed through primary schools or available through your home Local Authority (LA). The Grammar Schools in Birmingham does not issue LA preference forms.***


The optional test will take place on Saturday 17th September 2022.


The optional test for entry to the Consortium of Grammar Schools in Birmingham – there are two exams each of approximately 50 minutes in duration with additional time needed for instructions to be given.


Papers will be divided into smaller individually timed sections which tests;


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non Verbal Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension/literacy skills
  • Mathematics

Some of the questions will take a multiple choice format. A sample of questions will be included in the brochure which will be sent on receipt of your completed application form.


Application on-line


This is the start of the online application process.
To complete this application you will need to have available for upload a recent (taken within the last six months) passport sized photograph.
The upload needs to be in jpg, jpeg, png, or gif format and must be less than 2MB.
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 available from Adobe.com


Online application weblink: www.birminghamgrammarschools.org
Admissions and Pupil Placements
Education Department
Margaret Street
B3 3BU
Tel: 0121 303 1888
Fax: 0121 464 4593


E-mail: admissions@birmingham.gov.uk


Allocation of Places
Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School no longer has a residence requirement, Pupils are admitted on the basis of their performance in the test. Applicants are ranked according to their test score and then:


Priority will be given to:


Looked after children and previously looked after children who achieve a qualifying score;
A limited number of children (38) registered for Pupil Premium (those who are/have been registered for free school meals or have received them at any point in the past six years) who achieve a qualifying score and then;
Those who live nearest to the school (only where test scores are equal)
(For full details on the admissions criteria for each of the eight grammar schools in Birmingham, please visit the school website or Birmingham Local Authority website.)


If you have any additional queries, please contact the school. Specific queries about the entrance tests however should be directed to ‘The Grammar Schools in Birmingham’ on telephone number 0121 415 6004.


The Entrance Test


Practice papers

A range of publications designed to assist preparation for school admission tests are available from leading bookshops.
None of the schools keep past papers and these are not available from other sources.
Intensive coaching or tuition is not in the long term best interests of your child. The Grammar Schools in Birmingham is in no way connected to, nor does it endorse or recommend, the services of any organisation or agency purporting to offer tuition and/or revision courses for children to assist in preparing them for school entrance tests.
Many children are anxious about sitting tests. You can help by not putting pressure on your child.


You can download a familiarisation guide (PDF) https://www.birminghamgrammarschools.org/content/test