Grammar School Admissions: Everything You Need To Know

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Are you considering enrolling your child in a grammar school? If so, it’s essential to know what the admissions process entails. This video will provide you with all the information you need to know about the grammar school admissions process.

So, whether you’re just getting started or you have questions that still haven’t been answered about the grammar school admissions process, watch the following video about the grammar school admissions process for everything you need to know about grammar school admissions:

First, let’s start with the basics: what is a grammar school? A grammar school is a type of secondary school that focuses on academic learning. Grammar schools usually select pupils based on their performance in an academic entrance exam.

The admissions process for grammar schools can vary depending on the school, but there are some general steps that you can expect to follow.

The first step is to find a list of grammar schools in your area. Here is a list of the grammar schools in greater London:


Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead Garden Suburb (girls)

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Boys, Barnet (boys)

St. Michael’s Catholic Grammar School, North Finchley (girls)


Beths Grammar School, Bexley (boys)

Bexley Grammar School, Welling (mixed)

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School, Sidcup (mixed)

Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath (girls)


Newstead Wood School, Orpington (girls)

St Olave’s & St Saviour’s Grammar School, Orpington (boys)


The Latymer School, Edmonton (mixed)

Kingston upon Thames

Tiffin Girls’ School, Kingston upon Thames (girls)

Tiffin School, Kingston upon Thames (boys)


Ilford County High School, Barkingside (boys)

Woodford County High School, Woodford Green (girls)


Nonsuch High School for Girls, Cheam (girls)

Sutton Grammar School for Boys, Sutton (boys)

Wallington County Grammar School, Wallington (boys)

Wallington High School for Girls, Wallington (girls)

Wilson’s School, Wallington (boys)

Once you have a list of schools, and your child has completed the grammar school selection tests (and passed!), you will then apply for each grammar school.

Grammar School Applications

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Each school has different admissions criteria, but most schools require that pupils meet a certain academic standard – to pass their selection test.

The grammar school selection test (commonly known under the banner term, 11 Plus exam) is taken in Year 6 to determine which pupils will be offered a place at the grammar school.

Once your child passes the exam (is deemed selective), you will be able to put the respective grammar schools on the CAF form – the secondary application form.

Once you have submitted the CAF form, your child will be considered for a place at their chosen grammar school. Some pupils may be offered a place immediately (on National Offer Day, usually in March), while others may need to go through a waiting list or even an appeal process. The waiting lists and appeals processes can lead to success – so don’t give up if this is your child’s route.

Overall, the grammar school admissions process can seem daunting at first. But with a bit of research and preparation, it is possible to navigate your way through this complex process successfully. Good luck!

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