September 2020 Entry

Late Applications For September 2020

The deadline for applications to sit our entrance exam for September 2020 entry was 4pm on Friday 5th July 2019. All applications made after this time are considered “late” as defined in our Admissions Arrangements.

Parents may still apply for their son to sit our test by completing the online application. The online application portal will close on 27th February 2020 at 5pm. All applications received after this date will not be able to sit the ‘late’ test.

For all late applications, we will send a “reasons for late application” form to you, allowing you to state the reason for the late application. These candidates will be tested in our late test on 11th March 2020. Please contact admissions@qmgs.walsall.sch.uk if you have not received a letter regarding the test. Boys who perform well in the late test will still have the opportunity to be allocated a place at the school from our waiting list so we encourage you to apply. Please refer to the Admissions Arrangements below for further explanation.

If you applied for reasonable adjustments for your son’s special educational needs, you must complete the required special arrangements request form, which we have emailed to you. This must include educational or medical evidence, and the relevant part completed by your son’s school. This is due immediately and you should complete this as a matter of urgency.

If you indicated your son was eligible for pupil premium you must return our pupil premium form, which we have sent you. This also requires completing by your son’s school. Parents must complete this before the entrance test date, or their son will not be considered for a pupil premium place.

The admissions arrangements for entry to Year 7 are set out below.

Year 7 Admissions entry for entry in September 2020

Number of places available
There are 180 places for boys at Queen Mary’s Grammar School for entry to Year 7 in September 2020.

The Entrance Exam

Admission is based on the results of the School’s Entrance Test (the Test). We administer the Test as part of a Consortium of grammar schools in Shropshire, Walsall & Wolverhampton (The Consortium).

The Test will be held on Monday 16 September 2019. The Consortium has agreed the Test will not be re-arranged for candidates involved in pre-planned activities, such as school trips or residentials, on the Test date.

How places are allocated at the School

To be considered for a place at the school candidates must achieve a Minimum Qualifying Score in the Test. This score will be set once Governors have received the results of the Test.

Places are then offered in the following order:

a) Looked after children / previously looked after children
b) Students eligible for Pupil Premium (up to 54 places)
c) All other students

Places for “Looked after Children”

Parents/carers must indicate that the candidate is or has been a looked after child when completing the online application form. Evidence will be required.

Pupil Premium Places

Up to a maximum of 54 places (30% of the 180 intake) will be made available for boys who are eligible for pupil premium at the date of the test. Parents must indicate if their son is eligible when completing the online registration form. Evidence of eligibility will be required.

Pupil Premium places are only available to boys scoring above the Minimum Qualifying Score. If the number of students eligible exceeds 54 then places will be offered as follows:

1. Applicants attending a Primary school listed in Walsall Children’s Services Directory

2. Places for applicants NOT at a Primary school in the Walsall Children’s Services are offered based on their score in the Test

Special arrangements

Parents may apply for special arrangements for the Test if they can satisfy the Governors that their son has special educational needs to is suffering from a disability. 

A request for special arrangements must be indicated when completing the online application form. Evidence will be required.

Process

To be considered for a place at this School, parents must complete the following:

1. Parents must apply to the School / Consortium to take the Test

2. Boys must sit the Test

3. Parents must complete a separate application to their home Local Authority, listing Queen Mary’s Grammar School as a preference

Further information as follows:

1. Application to the School/Consortium to take the Entrance Test

2. Taking the Entrance Exam

When the online application has been completed boys will be allocated a test centre. The Test will take place on 16 September 2019.

The Test comprises two papers of about an hour each, which assess verbal reasoning/English, non-verbal reasoning, and mathematics. Admission to the School is based on performance in the Test as above. Further details can be found in our Admissions Arrangements (below).

3. Applications to your home Local Authority Applications

Applications to the Local Authority need to be completed in accordance with your home Local Authority’s application process. This may be online or by completing their Preference / Common Application Form. We expect the deadline for parent applications to their home Local Authority to be on 31st October 2019.

Places are allocated by parents’ home Local Authority, on 2nd March 2020. Parents must check their own Local Authority’s deadlines.

Timetable

The timetable for admissions in September 2020 is as follows:

• Application forms and admissions arrangements available – from April 2019
• Open evening – Thursday 13 June 2019
• Open morning – Wednesday 19th June 9.30 to 11.00 am
• Closing date for applications to the School to sit the Test – Friday 5 July 2019
• Entrance Test day – Monday 16 September 2019
• Test results posted to parents – 21 October 2019
• Parents must complete their Local Authority application – 31 October 2019 (please check)

Exact dates will be confirmed later in the year. Please do not call the School as details will be published on our website when available.

Please read all of the documents in the links below before completing the online application form

Information on the Consortium and the entrance test

Sample questions / familiarisation guide

Admissions Arrangements for entry in September 2020

Walsall Council primary Admissions Booklet (2020) – for information only