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Admissions Policy 2020 FAQs

  • Why have you extended some of the catchment areas?

    Changes to catchment areas have been made in response to the consultation. Many respondents felt that more disadvantaged areas should be included, especially given the focus on accessibility. As a result, we have added parts of Sandwell and North Solihull to the relevant catchment areas.

    Click to view the catchment area maps

  • How do I find out which catchment area I live in?

    The maps of our catchment areas are on our website.

    Click to view the catchment area maps

    If you live in Birmingham, you can enter your post code at www.birmingham.gov.uk/wardlookup and the ward you live in will be shown. You can then compare this ward to our maps to find out if you live in a catchment area and to identify your local selective school.

    For those parts of the catchment areas outside Birmingham, we suggest you contact your local council.

  • What if I don’t live in any of the catchment areas?

    We welcome applications from children outside of the catchment areas. As now, parents, wherever they live, may express a preference for any of the selective schools and an offer will depend on their child’s score.

    When setting the priority score, we will consider application patterns with the aim that not all places will be filled by children living in the catchment areas.

    Click to view the catchment area maps

  • Are there going to be any changes to the entrance test?

    The test is not changing. Please visit www.birminghamgrammarschools.org for more information on the test and what to expect. Applicants will still be required to sit an entrance test.

  • What are my options if I don’t want my child to go to the grammar school in my catchment area?

    As now, parents may express a preference for any of the selective schools. The new policy does not change that.

    However, when we rank applications, children living in the catchment area who achieve the priority score will be offered places first.

    When setting the priority score, we will consider application patterns with the aim that not all places will be filled by children living in the catchment areas.

    Click to view the catchment area maps

  • Qualifying Score and Priority Score

    The Qualifying Score is 205 and the Priority Score is 222 for each of the King Edward Grammar Schools.

  • Why are you increasing the number of pupil premium children who can now attend your selective schools?

    We believe that selective schools should be accessible to all, regardless of background. By increasing the percentage of places available to 25%, we will provide a consistent approach across all the selective schools.

    In addition, by providing a guarantee to those disadvantaged children living in the catchment area that achieve the qualifying score, we aim to build on the productive links that have been established between our selective schools and their local primary schools.