Thousands of primary school children face a new deadline in the race for a place at one of Birmingham’s top grammar schools.
The all-important entrance exam for a place at seven city grammar schools has been brought forward by two months following new government rules on school admissions.
The King Edward VI Foundation – which runs five Birmingham grammar schools and sets the test for two others – has brought forward its entrance test from November to September 8 for pupils hoping to start at one of its grammar schools in September 2013.
Families have until Friday July 13 to submit an application for their child to sit the selection tests, before the schools break up for the summer holiday.
More than 4,000 pupils normally apply for fewer than 600 places available at King Edward VI Aston, King Edward VI Handsworth, King Edward VI Five Ways in Bartley Green, King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys and Girls in Kings Heath.
The change also applies to Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls and Bishop Vesey’s Grammar, also in Sutton Coldfield, as entrance tests are also set by the foundation.
Under the Government’s new schools admission code, families will be given the results of their child’s entrance exam ahead of the October 31 deadline to fill out a local authority form for Year 7 places.
Children will now be given their test result by October 15, but will have to wait until March 1 2013 to find out if they have won a place.
John Collins, secretary to the governors at the charitable foundation, said: “This is a significant change for parents seeking to obtain a place at one of our grammar schools. This is the first year we have had to comply with the new rule.”