Entry Requirements for Year 7

»The admission number of the school for each Year 7 intake cohort is 120.

The Governing Body of Boston Grammar School is the Admissions Authority. It will admit those pupils that meet the entry requirements as laid out in this policy without reference to colour, race, religion or disability. From 11-16, boys will be taught at Boston Grammar School and girls are welcomed into the co-educational Sixth Form.

Admission to Boston Grammar School is decided by an 11+ test procedure. Practice tests are available, and these are normally undertaken at the primary school prior to the real tests.

The actual selection tests will be taken either at the primary school, or at BGS, subject to arrangements negotiated with primary heads, for pupils in their final year at primary school and of the appropriate age group. The results of these tests will be rank ordered to select the top 25% of the local cohort, in keeping with the percentage intake targets across Lincolnshire’s grammar schools.

Parents will be informed of the outcomes of this process prior to submitting their preferences to School Admissions. The candidates selected through the above process will then be eligible to join Boston Grammar School.

Those pupils who satisfy the entry requirements and apply will be offered a place, subject to availability. Sitting the test does not constitute an application for a place at the school. There is a legal requirement for admissions authorities to comply with the agreed co-ordinated admissions scheme for entry into Year 7, which is administered by Lincolnshire County Council, as the local authority. Under the co-ordinated arrangements, all applications must be submitted by parents or carers either by applying online or on their home local authority’s common application form.

If more pupils reach the standard than the school can accommodate, after admitting qualified children with statements of special educational need naming the school, priority will be determined in the following order:

»pupils in the care of the Local Authority, and those who were in public care but have since ceased to be due to adoption or becoming subject to a residence order or special guardianship order

»siblings of pupils already attending the school at the time of admittance

»driving distance from home to Boston Grammar School; the nearest address to the school is found by measuring the distance from the post office address points of the home address to the post office address point of the school by driving distance along public highways, the nearest being given the higher priority.

If any of the above criteria are not sufficient to distinguish between applicants, the tie-break will be distance as measured above.

To date the school has been able to accommodate all children who have reached the required standard in the entry tests.

If the school is oversubscribed, the Governing Body will keep a waiting list up until the end of the Autumn term. Where a child stands in relation to the over-subscription criteria rather than length of time on the waiting list will be the determining factor if a place becomes available.

Parents have the right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place to an independent appeals panel. Details of the process can be obtained from the Clerk to Governors. BGSClerk@bostongrammarschool.co.uk