Senior School Admissions
The main intake point is at 11+ (Year 7), however, we try to help as many applicants throughout Years 8-10 as possible, depending on availability.
If you are ready to apply for a place, the first step is to fill in the registration form which can be found here.
- Entry into Year 7 for pupils that are not members of Huddersfield Grammar School in Year 6 is through an entrance test, which can be completed on a ‘taster day’, which comprises assessments in English and Mathematics, together with a general assessment of suitability to attend the school. For pupils who have not attended for a taster day, there is an entrance exam held on the published date in January each year. Entry for all external candidates may be subject to satisfactory reports from the candidate’s previous school and an interview with a senior member of staff.
- Academic Scholarships are awarded following the Scholarship Examination in January each year.
- Performing Arts, Creative Arts and Sports Scholarships are available subject to references, evidence of outstanding performance and interview. Candidates may be requested to provide a practical demonstration of performance. Candidates must also achieve an acceptable academic standard.
- Please read the Scholarships Policy for full details of all scholarships.
Senior School pupils are admitted in the following way:
- The individual is invited to spend a taster day in school where an assessment is made by the class and/or subject teacher. Feedback is provided to the parents/guardian by the Headmaster at the end of the taster day.
- Assessments in Mathematics and English are administered. When entering the Senior School beyond Year 7, tests are also administered in Science. Where students are entering Year 10, individual subject assessments will be made.
- In all cases where an individual seeks entry to the school, the present school may be contacted for a report or reference, which can be either oral or written.
- Where a taster day cannot be carried out, we may ask your child to complete an online assessment and/or meet the Head on a video call.
The most important issue for entry at Year 10 is whether GCSE optional subjects fit reasonably well and whether the individual is willing to embrace wholeheartedly the ethos of the school. Emphasis is placed on the importance of:
- Interview with the Headmaster and/or Deputy Head.
- References or reports from the present school.
- A taster day during which a standardised assessment will be made in English, Mathematics and Science.
- Prospective students are asked to bring work samples with them. This should always include English, Science and Mathematics. Where work samples are not available, the child will be required to complete an appropriate entrance examination.
The preconditions for admission are:
- The applicant is of the appropriate age.
- The applicant enjoys satisfactory general health and will be able to attend lessons and fully participate in the life of the School.
- The applicant meets the minimum entry standard for the quality of academic work.
- The applicant’s learning difficulties and other special needs (if any) have been fully disclosed at the point of registration to the School and are, in the opinion of the Head, with input from the SENCo, within both the school’s and pupil’s capacity to cope. The school will endeavour to make all possible reasonable adjustments for a disabled child.
- The present school report, if requested, is satisfactory in respect of conduct and attitude.
Specific Learning Difficulties or other Disabilities
The School is committed to securing equality of opportunity through the creation of an environment in which individuals are treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities.
Parents/Guardians are required to disclose their knowledge of any specific learning difficulty or disability relating to their child on registration. In addition, pupils will normally be interviewed and, if appropriate, referred to the Head of Learning Support who will undertake an assessment of an individual’s learning needs.
Should a request be made regarding special conditions required to take the Entrance Examination, or any other special provision, then the School will require evidence of a formal diagnosis pertaining to that specific learning difficulty or disability. In the event of such a request being made, then a senior member of staff will assess and evaluate the applicant’s needs, with regards to making any reasonable adjustments to provide equality of opportunity.