September 2021 Entry

Note: For late applications please see Part 2 below.

PART 1 – Admissions procedures for entry to Year 7 in September 2021

Places available at the school

There are 180 places for boys at Queen Mary’s Grammar School for entry to Year 7 in September 2021. 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 and Wolverhampton. For September 2021 entry, the main entrance test took place in October 2020.

The Test comprises two papers of about an hour each, which assess Verbal Reasoning/English, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Mathematics. Candidates are given a break between the papers. Questions are included in question booklets. Candidates MUST write answers on the separate answer sheets provided. To help candidates prepare before the Test we provide familiarisation guides (see below).

How places are allocated at the School

To be considered for a place at the School, a candidate must achieve the Minimum Qualifying Score. This score is determined by the School’s Governors after the Test results are available. Last year, for September 2020 entry, the Minimum Qualifying Score was 300, which may change this year. Any candidate scoring below the Minimum qualifying Score will not be offered a place.

As the School is heavily oversubscribed, places are offered to candidates who score above the Minimum Qualifying Score in the following preference order (based on Test scores in each category)

1. Looked After Children: Places will be provided firstly to Looked After Children who score above the Minimum Qualifying Score in the Test to be allocated places at the School. Parents/carers must indicate if the candidate is a Looked After Child (currently or previously in the care of a Local Authority) when completing the online application form. Evidence will be required.

2. Pupil Premium Up to a maximum of 54 places (30% of the 180 intake) are then offered to 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 and are offered according to Test Score, but in the following order of preference:

a. Children attending a primary school listed in the Walsall Children’s Services Directory

b. Children attending a primary school not in the above Directory

3. All other children achieving the Minimum Qualifying Score: Places will be offered in rank order according to the candidates’ Test Scores.

Application Process – Application to the School to sit the Test

All applications have to be made before the deadline, which was extended due to coronavirus until 10th September 2020. All applications after this time will be considered “late” as defined in our Admissions Arrangements. See information relating to late applications in PART 2 below.

Application Process – Application to the Local Authority

As well as applying to the School to sit our Test, parents must also apply to their own Local Authority. This usually involves completing their Local Authority’s online application, indicating parents’ preference of schools. Parents should list schools in order of their choice and not based on test result. Local Authorities will allocate boys the highest school they are eligible to be offered a place at. The deadline was 31 October 2020. Places are allocated by parents’ Local Authorities, on 1st March 2021.

Special Arrangements

Parents may apply for special arrangements for the Test if they satisfy the School’s Governors that their son has special educational needs or is suffering from a disability. A request for special arrangements must be indicated when completing the online application form. Parents who request special arrangements must then complete the Consortium’s special arrangements request form, which will be emailed to them after their completed application. This must include educational or medical evidence, and the relevant part completed by their son’s school. This form should be completed this as a matter of urgency.

Pupil Premium evidence

If parents indicate their son is eligible for Pupil Premium, a Pupil Premium form must be completed. This will be emailed to parents after the application is completed. Only candidates eligible at the time of the Test can be offered a Pupil Premium place. If a boy becomes eligible for Pupil Premium after the application is made, but before the test takes place, parents should contact the School. This form also requires completing by the candidate’s primary school. Parents should complete this before the entrance test date, or their son will not be considered for a Pupil Premium place.

Open evenings

Unfortunately, no open evenings could be held during the Coronavirus pandemic. Please see Headmaster’s Presentation for further information on the School.

PART 2 – Late Applications

The School allows late applications which can be made through the online portal below.
All late candidates will be tested in March 2021. Although this is after the national notification date for school places, candidates tested in March 2021 will be eligible to be placed on our waiting list. A number of places were offered from our waiting list to late candidates this year, so parents should still make a late application if they want their son to be considered for a place at the School. We advise parents making late applications to put the school on their son’s list of preferences when applying to the Local Authority. If parents did not do this when they applied to their Local Authority in October 2020, they should contact their home Local Authority as soon as possible.

Application Form and Important Information about the School

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

Headmaster’s Open Evening Presentation (with voice over): Presentation

Draft Admissions Arrangements September 2021: Admissions Arrangements

Familiarisation guide/ Sample questions: Familiarisation Pack