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Grammar Schools

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Entry to The Grammar Schools in Birmingham

For entry to selective schools in September 2015 only those children born between 1 September 2003 and 31 August 2004 are eligible to take the optional selective tests.

If you wish your child to be entered for a selective test, you should discuss this with your child’s Headteacher first. Within Birmingham there is one selective test your child can sit. Selective tests are held for places at one of the grammar schools within The Grammar Schools in Birmingham.

In addition, you may also wish your child to sit selective tests for schools outside Birmingham. Please note that other Local Authorities have different closing dates and admission arrangements and you are advised to contact them for further information.

An application to sit the selective tests is not an expression of preference for the school concerned. You must also complete the preference form of your home Local Authority (i.e. the Local Authority to which you pay your council tax).

The Grammar Schools in Birmingham
The following grammar schools are within The Grammar Schools in Birmingham:

• Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School for Boys
• Handsworth 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
• Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

Entry requirements
Optional tests for the admission of pupils to any of The Grammar Schools in Birmingham will take place on Saturday 6 September 2014. If you wish your child to be entered for the selective test for one of the above schools then you should complete and return the Request for Optional Test form by 16:00 hours (4pm) on 11 July 2014 at the latest. You must attach a passport sized photograph of your child to your form for identification purposes.

Please note that if your form has not been received by Friday 11 July 2014, for whatever reason, your child will not be permitted to take the tests.

Optional Test forms and an explanatory brochure will be available from May 2014 from The Grammar Schools in Birmingham (Tel: 0121 415 6004) and the individual grammar schools. You can also visit the website at http://www.kingedwardthesixth.org/

Application forms should be returned to: The Grammar Schools in Birmingham, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD

All Optional Test forms received will be acknowledged within fourteen days. Candidates will then be informed of their allocated test centre and the time at which they should attend to take the selective test.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement, or if you post your application form less than fourteen days before the closing date, you should contact the Grammar Schools in Birmingham before the closing date to confirm that your form has been received.
Supplementary tests will be held later in September 2014 for those who provide proof of illness on the day of the original test (a medical certificate or doctor’s letter) or proof they cannot sit the test on that day on religious grounds (a letter from their religious leader).

The Tests
Candidates will only be required to sit one test to be considered for a place at a school that forms part of the Consortium. There are 2 exams of approximately 45 minutes duration each. Papers will be divided into smaller individually timed sections that test:

• Verbal reasoning/literacy skills
• Non-verbal reasoning
• Reading comprehension
• Mathematics

Candidates will write their answers in the booklets provided. Some questions take a multiple choice format. Marks will be standardised to take account of differences in age and then added together.

Results of tests
The results of Birmingham grammar school tests should be sent by letter to parents by 17 October 2014. The test results will be sent out by The Grammar Schools in Birmingham. Once parents receive the test results for their child they should make an informed decision as to whether they should name a grammar school as one of their preferences.

Offer of grammar schools
Please refer to the schools' oversubscription criteria in the 'Opportunities for your child in Birmingham 2015' booklet for details of how each school offers places.

Coaching for Selective Tests
The Local Authority’s policy is that no teaching or coaching for selective tests should take place in any of the city’s primary schools. It is believed that the practice of coaching is counterproductive, as overachievement in the selective tests may be against the
long term interests of children whose ability may be more limited than their test score would suggest.

Head Teachers who receive requests for guidance from parents have been asked to provide this within the context of the overall educational development of the children concerned.


Selective Tests and Equality Act 2010
It is unlawful for a Local Authority to discriminate against a person who is considered to have a disability in any of the following ways:

• the arrangements made for determining the admission of pupils to a school;
• the terms on which admission to the school is offered; or
• refusing or deliberately not accepting an application for admission to a school from someone who is disabled.

Where a pupil has a disability (as defined in the Equality Act 2010), the admission authority must consider any reasonable adjustments that could be made to ensure that disabled pupils are not placed at a substantial disadvantage to those who are not disabled.

If you were entering your child for the selective test for a place The Grammar Schools in Birmingham and you want your child considered for a reasonable adjustment because of a disability, then please contact The Grammar Schools in Birmingham on 0121 415 6004 to request an application form (Form A1).

The application form will be available from May 2014. Please note that parents/carers were required to submit the information requested on Form A1 by no later than 20 June 2014.

For further information and independent advice please contact the Equality and Human Rights Commission Helpline on 0845 604 6610 or visit www.equalitieshumanrights.com