September 2021 Entry

(Page Updated 19/08/20)

Our entrance Test will be in October 2020 and applications will remain open until 4pm on 10th September 2020. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY APPLIED, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY AGAIN.

Entrance Test Dates

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE ENTRANCE TEST WILL TAKE PLACE OVER A PERIOD OF THREE DAYS

• SATURDAY 3RD OCTOBER
• MONDAY 5TH OCTOBER
• TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER

With the ongoing Coronavirus situation and a need to maintain social distancing, the Saturday test will take place at Queen Mary’s Grammar School and Aldridge School. We will write to parents in the week commencing 21st September 2020 confirming the date, time and location of their son’s test.

Please read the attached statement from the Head Teachers of the Consortium: STATEMENT CONCERNING SEPTEMBER 2020 ENTRANCE TEST

This page contains information relating to Year 7 Admissions in September 2021, but please refer to the Admissions Arrangements below for full information.

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 test will take place between 3rd to 6th 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

Applications must be made using the Consortium’s online application form, (see below). The deadline for applications to sit our entrance test for September 2021 entry has been extended until 4pm on THURSDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER 2020. All applications made after this time will be considered “late” as defined in our Admissions Arrangements.

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. The deadline is usually 31 October. Places are allocated by parents’ Local Authorities, on 1st March 2021. Parents must check their own Local Authority’s deadlines.

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 must complete this before the entrance test date, or their son will not be considered for a Pupil Premium place.

Timetable

Despite the later test dates for this year’s Test, we are still aiming to POST results to parents before the Local Authority applications deadline. This will allow parents to make a more informed choice of when completing their Local Authority preference application.

All dates are however subject to change in the event Coronavirus guidelines set by the Government require the School to make alternative arrangements.

The timetable for admissions in September 2021 is as follows:

• Application forms and admissions arrangements available – from April 2020
• Closing date for applications to the School to sit the Test – Thursday 10th September 2020
• Letters sent to parents informing them of the date, time and location of their son’s Test – week commencing 21st September 2020
• Entrance Test dates – Saturday 3rd October to Tuesday 6th October 2020
• Test results POSTED to parents – week commencing 26th October 2020
•Parents must complete their Local Authority application – 31st October 2020

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

Application Form and Important Information about the School

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

Our School Prospectus: SCHOOL PROSPECTUS (PDF)

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

Admissions Arrangements for entry in September 2021: Admissions Arrangements

Familiarisation guide/ Sample questions: Familiarisation Pack

Online Registration form: Link to Online registration form