Grammar Schools

There are 164 grammar schools in England of which about 50 are in the Greater London region.

Entry examinations vary, but always include a combination of Verbal Reasoning/Ability, Non-verbal Reasoning, Maths and English.

Most grammar schools appear in the Sunday Times top 400 schools.

Application procedures may differ, but always involve careful parental choices on the local authority common application form.
See below to view details of our advice notes for applications to grammar schools in the London region.

State Grammar Entry

11+ Examinations for state grammar schools are sat in year 6 (in September) for year 7 entry.

Berkshire Grammar Schools

Entry is decided by examination only, so external candidates can sit for a place. Schools will usually request parents come to their open evenings where application forms are available online.
Applications are made online from May. Examinations take place in September.
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Buckinghamshire Grammar Schools

Entry is decided by examination only, but catchment can be a restriction to external candidates in some schools.
The schools have different catchment policies and should be contacted directly for details about this.
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North London Grammar Schools

These schools all have their own entry procedures and must be contacted separately.

  • ¬†The Henrietta Barnett Girls’ School
  • Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School
  • The Latymer School (co-ed)
  • St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School (Girls)

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 Surrey Grammar Schools

Surrey grammar schools test children in Maths and English. Schools should be contacted individually for their entry procedures.
Entry to schools is by examination only, but some also operate a catchment policy.
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Kent, Hertfordshire and Essex Grammar Schools

These schools require children to sit papers in Verbal Reasoning, Non-verbal Reasoning, Maths and English in various combinations. Schools should be contacted individually for their entry procedures.
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