In pursuit of educational excellence across the city for all



There is an entrance test for the five free Grammar Schools and separate exams for our two Independent Schools.

Grammar Schools test

Around 5,000 children sit our entrance test every year for our five free Grammar Schools. Registration to sit our Grammar School test must be with us in June, with the test itself usually taken in September.

All relevant dates are advertised in local press, radio and on school websites nearer the time.

Actual dates and registration details are usually made public in February and can be found on our website as well as the five grammar school websites.


Important Dates

Monday 1st May 2017Test Registration opens. Register online at
Wednesday 21st June 2017Disability form deadline.
Friday 30th June 2017Test Registration closes.
Saturday 9th September 2017Test Day
Sunday 10th September 2017Supplementary Test
Friday 13th October 2017Post Test results to parents


Independent school exams

Between 1050 – 1075 children sit our test for our Independent schools. About 700 take the King Edward’s School exam and between 480-500 take the King Edward VI High School for Girls exam.