Entry requirements, Exams and Assessments

Please read the information below regarding entry choices and assessments.




Pupils enter the Junior School in Year 2 (age 6) through to Year 6; with the majority joining the Senior School in Year 7 (age 11) or Year 12 (age 16).  Students can also join us in Years 8, 9 and 10.

Entry to Bradford Grammar Junior School for pupils is by assessment.  Children are invited into school for a day where they sit age appropriate assessments in English and Maths.

Members of staff will also spend time with the boys and girls to assess their social skills and their potential.

Year 2: Closing Date, Wednesday 10 February 2020

Entrance assessments: Week commencing 2 March 2020

Years 3 &4: Closing date, Monday 13 January 2020

Entrance assessments: Week commencing 27 January 2020

Years 5 & 6: Closing date, Monday 20 January 2020

Entrance assessments: Week commencing 3 February 2020

Following the assessment day you will receive a letter from the Head of the Junior School informing you of the outcome.

Please note we are unable to offer bursaries to children entering the Junior School.  Nor do we offer bursaries for those children in Clock House Year 6 transferring into Year 7 (Senior School).

Children who join us in the Junior School are not required to sit further exams or assessments for entry to the Senior School, unless in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the Head.

Year 6 pupils have a taster day in the Senior School prior to entering Year 7 in September.

Children looking to start in Year 7 will be required to spend a day with us in January prior to entry in September.  Boys and girls will be invited to Bradford Grammar School to sit entrance exams in Maths and English and in the afternoon will take part in practical assessments with the Headmaster, Dr Hinchliffe and Head of Year 7, Mrs Tomlinson.

We do offer a small number of assisted places to students entering Year 7 and the process for these starts a little earlier.

Our entrance exam and assessment procedures are less formal than in previous years. By being involved with the practical afternoon sessions, Dr Hinchliffe and Mrs Tomlinson will have the opportunity to meet and get to know a little about each of the children.

Year 7 Assessments

Year 7 Assisted Places Assessment: 2 December 2019

Closing Date for Assisted Places: Friday 15 November 2019

Entrance Exam week commencing 20 January 2020

Closing Date for the Entrance Exam: Monday 6 January 2020

A letter giving the results will be posted to parents at the start of February together with an invitation for our successful candidates to join us for a Taster Day.  Boys and girls are invited into school to sample lessons, lunchtime activities and sport/music/art in the afternoon. This Taster Day gives children an opportunity to meet their future classmates, make friends and see what BGS has to offer. Taster Days are extremely popular and often help boys and girls make a decision on which school is right for them.

Year 8  to 10 Assessments

Monday 14 January 2019

Closing Date: Monday 7 January 2019

Students will be invited to Bradford Grammar School to sit entrance exams in Maths and English. Specimen questions are available on request. Please note Assisted Places are not available for those students entering Year 8, Year 9 or Year 10.

Year 8  to 10 Assessments

Monday 13 January 2020

Closing Date: Monday 6 January 2020

We are able to take late applications subject to availability of places. Please contact Karen Hewitt, Admissions Manager 01274 553702 or admissions@bradfordgrammar.com for further details.

Following the entrance examination you will receive a letter from the Headmaster informing you of the outcome. Successful students will have the opportunity to have a ‘taster morning’ in school.

For entry into Year 12 (Lower Sixth Form), please read the following information.

Exam results

Our public exam results are consistently outstanding, affirming BGS as a centre of academic excellence year after year.


Junior School


Our creative approach to learning allows children to develop into unique individuals


Senior School


An education at BGS offers inspiration to enrich the mind, body and spirit, which fundamentally changes lives for the better


Sixth Form


Our innovative Sixth Form lays the foundations for creative and inspiring excellence