West Midland Grammar Schools 2024 Entry
2023 has seen a collaboration between Midlands based selective schools resulting in a new partnership, known as ‘West Midlands Grammar Schools’, which incorporates all Birmingham, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire, and Wolverhampton grammar schools.
The West Midlands Grammar Schools (WMGS) partnership provides an opportunity for schools to share candidate results amongst other partnership schools, if requested on a child’s application form. This means that if your child sits the entrance test in Walsall, they can be eligible to apply for any of the grammar schools in Birmingham, Shropshire, Warwickshire or Wolverhampton. If you intend to apply for multiple schools within the WMGS partnership, you must have ticked the relevant box on the test application form to consent to share your child’s details and entrance test result. Any request to share results after the registration closing date (30th June 2023) will not be considered until after the first round of school offers have been made in March 2024. Please note that admission criteria to each school within the partnership will differ and we strongly recommend you check individual school websites for further details.
Aged Standardised Scoring
Results will be released throughout the West Midlands Grammar Schools’ partnership using an age-weighted standardisation around a median score of 200. This will mean a change for those grammar schools in Shropshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton who previously used a median score of 300. The table below shows highest/lowest scores in the test for the last four years, as well as the “lowest score allocated a place”, which tells you the score of the last pupil offered a place on national offer day in March. Where possible, all scores below have been expressed as standardised to both 300 (the previous scoring system) and to 200 (the new scoring system), to enable you to make a comparison with previous years’ results. Please note that examples of age standardisation to 200 have been provided for previous years data, but this is approximate.
Minimum Qualifying Scores and Cut-Off Scores
For 2024 entry, all results were sent out on Tuesday 17th October 2023. Parents/carers can decide whether or not to include any of the Grammar Schools in Birmingham, Shropshire, Walsall, Warwickshire or Wolverhampton on their home Local Authority preference form. For Queen Mary’s High School, if your child does not achieve the qualifying score or above, they will not be considered for a place and you should not list the school on your child’s preference form.
The Minimum Qualifying Score (MQS) for September 2024 entry has been set at 195 and has been confirmed by School Governors in November 2023. Note, this is not a pass mark. The lowest score allocated a place by September 2023 for 2023 entry was 317 (approximately 211 when standardised to 200).
The scores for each section 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.
No further information in relation to your daughter’s performance in the entrance test will be available from Queen Mary’s High School, nor from GL Assessment. We do not provide raw scores and we do not provide information that details how many marks were available in each section or in the test as a whole. The multiple-choice answer sheets are scanned and marked by a computer. There is no option to re-mark answer sheets. The score provided in this results letter is accurate and final – any re-mark would result in the same test score.
Late Test for September 2024 Entry
Late applications are those where the parents of a candidate have not registered with the school by 4:00pm on 30th June 2023. All late candidates will be tested as per our published Admission Arrangements for a waiting list place (in March 2024).
Once a late application to QMHS has been made, you will receive a ‘late applications form’ allowing you to state the reason for the late application. This will be considered by the Governors to determine if it is considered exceptional, or not. By definition, most reasons will not be exceptional. Candidates considered to have exceptional circumstances will be considered as having applied on-time. Candidates that are not deemed to have exceptional circumstances will be considered for a waiting list place only, once the first round of offers has been made. Students who perform well in the late test will still have the opportunity to be allocated a place at the school from our waiting list, so we encourage you to apply and to amend your Local Authority CAF / preference form, should you not have already included us on the original form in October 2023. Please refer to the Admission Arrangements further explanation.
The online portal will reopen for late applications on 18th December 2023
Enquiries received after 1st February 2024
If you have missed the deadline for both the main and late tests for entry into Year 7 in September 2024, but are still interested in a place with us, please see our ‘Mid-Year Admissions’ page for more information.