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Grammar School Offer Day Guide 2022

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The butterflies are growing and my palms are sweaty. It’s that time of year again. The 2022 Grammar School offer day is fastly approaching. For all of you who took the 11+ exam back in September 2021, on Tuesday 1st March 2022 you will find out if you have been accepted into any of your chosen Grammar Schools.

What does this mean?

Well, according to the official Birmingham Consortium website, you will receive an offer by email if your child has met the school’s requirements.

Here’s exactly what they say:

Offers will be made by your Local Authority on 1 March 2022 for 2022 intake and 1 March 2023 for 2023 intake. 

All Local Authorities must operate an equal preference system so, if your child meets the criteria for two or more schools, the Local Authority will offer a place at the school ranked highest on your preference form.  Therefore, if you put a grammar school first on your preference form but your child is not offered a place, you will not put at risk the chance of them being offered a place at any other school you have listed.  Your child’s application for other schools will be treated in the same way as every other application.  For example, it will depend on the distance between your home and the school for most non-selective schools.

Your child will automatically be placed on the waiting list for any schools listed higher than the school offered on your preference form providing they have achieved the qualifying score or above.’

–  Birmingham Grammar Schools Official Website. 

I don’t know about you, but this isn’t worded in the most user-friendly way.  So, let’s dig a little deeper.

What will happen?

Firstly, on the 1st March 2022, you will be notified if your child has been successful in gaining a place in Grammar School.

The factors that decide if your child has obtained a place are one of the following:

  • Your child has received a Priority Score (on average they scored 224 and above on the test).
  • Your child is within the catchment area (this varies for each school but check out this blog to find out more) and achieved the qualifying score (on average they scored 205 and above on the test).

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What is a cut-off score?

The cut-off score is the absolute bare minimum score one can achieve to be accepted into each grammar school. This does differ across the board and is not announced until after the Grammar School offer day.

However, to give you an idea of the score, have a look at what the last couple of year’s cut-off score was:

  2019 intake (Pupil Premium) 2020 intake (Pupil Premium) 2021 intake (Pupil Premium)
1. Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School 228 (204) 223 (all PP offered) 221 (all PP offered)
2. King Edward VI Aston School 225 (206) Cat 5, 213, sibling, 2642m

(all PP offered)

Cat 5, 211, 9752m

(all PP offered)

3. King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys 249 (222) Cat 4, 4775m

(all Cat 2 PP offered, no offers from Cat 3)

Cat 4, 4353m

(all Cat 2 PP offered, no offers from Cat 3)

4. King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls 238 (217) 245

(A Cat 3, 212,)

Cat 5, 236, 6362m

(Cat 3, 218, 13096m)

5. King Edward VI Five Ways School 237 (213) Cat 4, 4461m

(all PP offered)

Cat 5, 244, sibling, 4810m

(all PP offered)

6. King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys 219 (N/A) Cat 5, 213, 7235m

(all PP offered)

Cat 5, 210, 9492m

(all PP offered)

7. King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls 226 (213) Cat 5, 214, 8208m

(all PP offered)

Cat 5, 212, 2049m

(all PP offered)

8. Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls 221 (N/A) 217 (207) 215 (all PP offered)

 

Additionally, please note that the 11+ exams are standardised to take into account differences in age, meaning younger children are not disadvantaged compared to children in the same cohort who could be almost a year older.

What happens if they are offered a place in Grammar School?

Firstly, congratulations!

Secondly, check the date you need to confirm the place.

Some Grammar Schools run on a system where you do not need to accept an offer as it is automatic. However, most require you to accept the offer by a certain date. 

If you do not respond by this date, your child may not be offered a school place at all.

If you have also applied to an independent school, have a think about both options and either accept or decline them accordingly.

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What happens if they are not offered a place in Grammar School?

Do not panic. It is not the end of the world.

When you filled out a list of preferences, there would have been other schools that you listed that are comprehensive. If you are happy with the comprehensive school, it is vital you accept this offer as soon as you can. If you do not accept, your child may not be offered a place in any of your preferred schools.

It is also important to note, there is a lot of movement in the first few weeks following the deadline for accepting offers. Other people will be in exactly the same boat as you and will be accepting places in independent schools.

This will result in spaces opening up for other students who are on waiting lists.

However, if you only listed grammar schools and your child did not attain the required score, your offer will be for a comprehension school.

If you have achieved the score, make sure that you are on grammar or any desired school’s waiting list. You can do this by phoning your local authority admissions team.

I completely disagree with the result, what can I do?

Firstly, you can always appeal.

However, you must have good grounds and a solid case. It is important not to get your hopes up in these instances and always have a back-up plan. It’s worth noting that councils recieve hundreds of appeals every year and majority do not have the evidence to support the case.

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Overall, please know that you are not alone. If you need any support or help following these results, do not hesitate to speak to your tuition centre managers for help and guidance.