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In Birmingham, there are 8 grammar schools. 

These schools are state schools and do not charge fees. 

Applications are open here 

The deadline to register is 4pm on 30 June

The examination will be on Saturday 11 September

The examination is set by the University of Durham CEM.  No past papers are available.
This examination 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 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.


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 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 was 223, in '21 is 221 
  •  
  • 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 was 217,  in '21 is 215
The admissions criteria for KEVI schools changed from the 2020 cohort. Historical score records for these schools are at the foot of this page. The aim is to offer to all Pupil Premium pupils in catchment  on 205+ and other catchment children on 224+ (was 222+ last year) 
Further information about these changes and catchment areas is available here.
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, 
  • (in 2020, catchment boys offered up to 4775m) 
  • In 2021, catchment boys offered up to 4353m (initially published as 5699m) 

  • King Edward VI Five Ways (co-ed),  
  • (in 2020, catchment pupils offered up to 4461m) 
  • In 2021, all catchment offered and out-of-catchment (sibling) above 244 score
  • King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls,
  • (in 2020, all catchment girls offered and out-of-catchment above 245 score)
  • In 2021, all catchment  offered and out-of-catchment  above 236 score
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Girls
  • (in 2020, all catchment girls offered and out-of-catchment above 214 score)
  • In 2021, all catchment girls offered and out-of-catchment above 212 score
  • King Edward VI Aston 
  • In 2020, all catchment boys offered and out-of-catchment above 213 score
  • In 2021, all catchment boys offered and out-of-catchment above 211 score
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
  • (in 2020, all catchment boys offered and out-of-catchment above 213 score)
  • In 2021, all catchment boys offered and out-of-catchment above 210 score

Independent Schools

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

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

My pupils primarily and increasingly choose to attend 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 (see Good News).

Applications for KEHS (exam on 8 October) are open here 

Applications for KES (exam on 9 October) are open here 

Information and a link to a form for Solihull School (exam on 6 November) is here

The independent schools can provide academic/ music scholarships to highly performing students and fee assistance to children who have performed well and 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 was 233, in 2020 was 234, in 2021 is 240. 

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 was 223, in 2021 is 224

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, in 2021 is 221


These schools have an inner and an outer  'priority area' of around  13 and 17 miles radius from Stratford upon Avon clock tower. 

This map shows the priority area. Stratford Grammar for Girls's 2022 admissions policy only uses the outer area.

If you live near the boundary of either of these, is advisable to check with Warwickshire Admissions whether you reside in the area or not. 

The Warwickshire exam is the same exam as the Birmingham exam - you should register for only one of them. 

More information on the new admissions criteria for KES Stratford (Boys) can be seen here

The application form for those in and close to Warwickshire to apply for the Grammar School examination (same day and exam as Birmingham, on 11 September) is here. The final deadline to register is 30 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 link to register is here

Testing dates will be 18-21 September. The deadline for registration is 8th July. 

Queen Mary's Grammar School (boys)  

Cut off for offers for 2017 entry in March was 324, in '18 was 337, in '19 was 333, in '20 was 324, in '21 is 332

Queen Mary's High School (girls) 

 Cut off for offers for 2017 entry in March was 320, in 2018 was 320 in '19 was 325 in '20 was ......, in '21 is.......


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 was 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 was 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 was 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 was 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 was 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 was 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