There are nine grammar schools in Birmingham:

Five are The King Edward VI Grammar Schools:
• King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys School
• King Edward VI Aston School (boys)
• King Edward VI Camp Hills Girls School
• King Edward VI Five Ways School (mixed)
• King Edward VI Handsworth School (girls)

A further two are the Sutton schools:
• Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls
• Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School (boys)

The remaining two are:
• Queens Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall (boys)
• Handsworth Grammar School (boys)


Admissions procedure for the five King Edward Foundation Schools and the two Sutton schools amalgamated in 2010 and children now sit only one exam for all 7 schools.

The exam consists of two tests of approximately 45 minutes each. The papers are divided into smaller, individually timed sections that test:
• Verbal reasoning
• Non verbal reasoning
• Mathematics and
• Reading comprehension/literacy skills

Children write their answers in the test booklets and most of the test questions are multiple choice. The marks are standardised to take account of differences in age. Sample questions are sent to you on receipt of your completed registration form.

Admission packs and test registration forms are available from:

The Foundation Office,
Edgbaston Park Road,
B15 2UD

or e-mail:

Queen Mary’s Grammar School
The entrance exam for Queen Mary’s Grammar school tests two areas:
1. Verbal Reasoning
2. Non Verbal Reasoning
Each test is 50 minutes long.
A detailed information pack is available from the school directly.

Handsworth Grammar School
The tests at Handsworth Grammar School are held at the school, usually in November each year.
The tests comprise the following and are all in the standard style:
1. Verbal Reasoning – 1 hour
2. English – 30 minutes
3. Maths – 30 minutes
Verbal Reasoning is the main test and the results of English and Maths will only be taken into account if your child does not meet the required mark in the Verbal Reasoning test.

Useful addresses and telephone numbers:

Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls,
Jockey Road, Sutton Coldfield , B73 5PT, Tel: 0121 354 1479

Queens Mary’s Grammar School,
Sutton Road, Walsall , WS1 2PG, Tel: 01922 720696

King Edward VI Handsworth school,
Rose Hill Road, Birmingham , B21 9AR, Tel: 0121 5542342

King Edward VI Five Ways School,
Scotland Lane , Bartley Green, Birmingham , B32 4BT, Tel: 0121 475 3535

King Edward VI Aston School,
Frederick Road, Aston, B6 6DJ, Tel: 0121 327 1130

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys,
Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham , B14 7QJ, Tel: 0121 4443188

King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls,
Vicarage Road , Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7QJ, Tel: 0121 444 2150

Handsworth Grammar School,
Grove Lane, Handsworth, Birmingham , B21 9ET, Tel: 0121 554 2794

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School,
Lichfield Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2NH, Tel: 0121 250 5400

Birmingham City Council,
Schools Admissions & Appeals , Children, Young People and Families
Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BU ,
Telephone: 0121 303 2432 / 2537 / 2547
Fax: 0121 464 4593