Entrance Exam

Heckmondwike Grammar School is a state selective grammar school providing a free education appropriate to the needs of pupils in the top 25% of the ability range.

Entrance Examination

All pupils seeking entry into Year 7 must sit the school’s entrance examination.

The exam takes place early in September of the school year prior to entry. The exam for 2021 entry will take place on Monday 14 September 2020.

All pupils taking the examination (typically 800+) are divided into groups of about 25. Each group is allocated to an individual classroom, supervised by a member of staff and a Sixth Form Helper. We hope that this makes the experience a little more personal and a little less intimidating than having all pupils in one huge examination hall.

What is the entrance exam comprised of?

Eleven-year-olds take an entrance examination early in the autumn term preceding the September of entry.  Papers will test a range of reasoning skills in a variety of contexts and they are designed to be predictors of likely future performance.  The results from each paper will be standardised, age-weighted and combined into a total standardised age score.  The outcome of the test is communicated to parents in mid-October, prior to the deadline for submission of the common application form (CAF) to the local authority.  This does not necessarily constitute the formal offer of a place since, in recent years, there have been more children reaching the required standard than there are places available.  The formal offer of a place will be communicated via the Local Authority in early March.

Allocation of places

The school offers 180 places, via the local authority. All applicants will be notified as to whether or not they have achieved the required standard prior to the deadline for submission of the common application form to the local authority. This does not, however, constitute the offer of a place, as applications must be made via the local authority using the common application form. The deadline for submitting this to the LA is usually in October. Places will be offered by the LA in March.