In Birmingham, there are 8 grammar schools. 

These schools are state schools and do not charge fees. 

The joint examination date for these and the Warwickshire schools will be Saturday 12th September 2020.

The examination is set by the University of Durham CEM. 

No past papers are available.

This examination now allocates:

50% of points for Literacy/Verbal Reasoning skills, 

50% for Mathematics skills and Non-Verbal Reasoning skills.

Within the literacy section the examination usually tests comprehension and vocabulary knowledge.

The examination format is always subject to change; solid literacy skills in all areas remain important.

Parents in Birmingham have six preferences for schools on their secondary school application form. 

Parents in Solihull have five preference choices.

The examination this year is planned for Saturday 12th September

You can register your child now on this link 

The deadline for registration is 4pm on Friday 26th June (or Wednesday 17th June if arrangements for special needs are requested)  

Parents will receive their child's 11+ test score by mid October allowing an informed decision to be made on preference choices, which are due by 31 October at the latest.


All applicants will be able to list Birmingham or Warwickshire grammar schools on the final Local Authority CAF form in October, regardless of where you live/where you took the examination (assuming you check the box to share information with Warks/Bham LA where needed).

A familiarisation test paper is available here

This is intended to indicate format and not level of difficulty.


Past entry scores

Last entry score refers to the last score offered on offer day in March; waiting lists may have moved after that.

The pass scores above from offer day for entry can decrease by up to 2-8 points as children from the waiting list are offered places.

  • Bishop Vesey's Grammar (boys)  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 215, in '12 was 212, in '13 was 217, in '14 was 217, in '15 was 219, in '16 was 220, 
  • in '17 was 220, in '18 was 222, in '19 was 228, in '20 is 223)
  • Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls,  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 207, in '12 was 210, in '13 was 215, in '14 was 211, in '15 was 215, in '16 was 218, 
  • in '17 was 217, in '18 was 218, in '19 was 221, in '20 is 217)

For the cohort starting Year 7 in September 2020 (current Year 5), the admissions criteria to KEVI schools has changed. Historical score records for these schools are are the foot of this page. 

Further information about these changes and catchment areas is available here.

The aim was to offer to all Pupil Premium pupils in catchment to these schools on 205+ and other catchment children on 222+ 

  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, 
  • (in 2020, catchment boys offered up to 4775m) 

  • King Edward VI Five Ways (co-ed),  
  • (in 2020, catchment pupils offered up to 4461m) 
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls,
  • (in 2020, all catchment girls offered and out-of-catchment above 245 score)
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Girls
  • (in 2020, all catchment girls offered and out-of-catchment above 214 score)
  • King Edward VI Aston 
  • (in 2020, all catchment boys offered and out-of-catchment above 213 score)
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
  • (in 2020, all catchment boys offered and out-of-catchment above 213 score)


Independent Schools

There are several selective Independent Schools (fee paying) in and around Birmingham. 

These include Solihull, Bromsgrove,Warwick, King's Worcester, King's High (Warwick), 

My pupils primarily and increasingly apply to King Edward's School and King Edward's High School, in Edgbaston, for their 11+ place, and every year a number receive scholarships and/or assisted places.

The link to register a girl for the KEHS examination is here.

The link to register a boy for the KES examination is here.

The independent schools can provide academic/ music scholarships to highly performing students and fee assistance to children who have performed well and who are financially eligible. 


Grammar Schools in Neighbouring Authorities

Warwickshire  

King Edward VI School, Stratford Upon Avon (Boys)

Last entry score for 2017 entry on 1 March was 232, in 2018 was 230, in 2019 is 233, in 2020 is 234

Stratford Upon Avon Grammar School for Girls

 Last entry score for 2017 entry on 1 March was 220, in 2018 was 222, in 2019 is 215, in 2020 is 223

Alcester Grammar (co-ed)

Cut off for offers for 2017 entry on 1 March was 213, in 2018 was 215, in 2019 is 215, in 2020 is 217


These schools have a 'priority area' of around 17 miles radius from Stratford upon Avon clock tower. 

The area includes most of Solihull and a small part of Hall Green/Kings Norton. 

This map shows the priority area.

If you live near the 'red line', is advisable to check with Warwickshire Admissions whether you reside in the area or not. Children outside the priority area can still gain a place via the waiting list movement after offer day, if they have a good score.

The Warwickshire exam is the same as the Birmingham exam - you should register for only one of them. For those whose priority will be a Warwickshire Grammar School place, you can register on this link.  

The deadline is 29th June.


Walsall 

The scores for this examination appear higher because it is a 'three-way' system with children being allocated a third of the marks for Maths, a third for VR and a third for NVR. Therefore the overall average will be 300.

Entry is offered based on examination results and not linked to location/catchment.

The examination for Walsall/Wolves/Wrekin Grammar schools will be on Monday 14th September 2020.

Queen Mary's Grammar School (boys) - Cut off for offers for '17 entry on 1 March was 324, in '18 was 337, in '19 was 337, in '20 is .........

Queen Mary's High School (girls) - Cut off for offers for 2017 entry on 1 March was 320, in 2018 was 320 in '19 was 325 in '20 is ......

You can register for the Walsall Consortium exam via this link 

The deadline is 4pm on 3rd July.


Historical KEVI Grammar School Records

The information below regarding 'last entry score' concerns previous years and is kept as a historical record.

  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, 
  • (last entry score in '11 was 232, in '12 was 234, in '13 was 240, in '14 was 235, in '15 was 243, in '16 was 239, 
  • in '17 was 240, in '18 was 242, in '19 is 249)

  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, 
  • (last entry score in '11 was 222, in '12 was 225, in '13 was 229, in '14 was 226, in '15 was 231, in '16 was 235, 
  • in '17 was 235, in '18 was 236, in '19 is 238)

  • King Edward VI Five Ways (co-ed),  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 227, in '12 was 225, in '13 was 227, in '14 was 224, in '15 was 232, in '16 was 233, 
  • in '17 was 233, in '18 was 232, in '19 is 237)

  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Girls, 
  •  (last entry score in '11 was 211, in '12 was 215, in '13 was 216, in '14 was 215, in '15 was 219, in '16 was 223, 
  • in '17 was 222, in '18 was 224, in '19 is 226)
  • King Edward VI Aston (boys),  
  • (last entry score in '11 was 215, in '12 was 216, in '13 was 220, in '14 was 214, in '15 was 224, in '16 was 221,     in '17 was 222, in '18 was 220, in '19 is 225)

  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
  •  (last entry score in '14 was 203, in '15 was 207, in '16 was 209, in '17 was 208, in '18 was 208, in '19 is 219)

Historical 'Pupil Premium' 'last-scores':


King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys: 

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 219, in '16 was 224, in '17 was 226, in '18 was 229, in '19 was 222

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls:

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 210, in '16 was 216, in '17 was 215, in '18 was 219, in '19 was 221

                                                                       King Edward VI Five Ways (co-ed):

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 206, '16 was 210, in '17 was 211, in '18 was 207, in '19 was 213

                                                                         King Edward VI Aston (boys): 

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 207, in '16 was 209, in '17 was 207, in '18 was 205, in '19 was 206

                                                                    King Edward VI Handsworth (girls): 

last entry score for PP pupils in '15 was 209, in '16 was 209, in '17 was 209, in '18 was 209, in '19 was 213

                                                                           Bishop Vesey Grammar (boys): 

last entry score for PP pupils in '17 was 204, in '18 was 204, in '19 was 204