Joining for Year 7

Entry to Bournemouth School or Poole Grammar School in Year 7, September 2020

There is one set of selection tests for Bournemouth School, Bournemouth School for Girls, Parkstone Grammar School and Poole Grammar School (the 'Consortium').  This will save children whose parents wish them to be considered for admission to more than one selective school in the Consortium from taking multiple tests for those schools.   The tests will be taken at the school with whom the parent has registered their child.  All applicants to a Consortium School must complete a Registration Form to be eligible to sit the entrance tests.  Please see further information in the sections below.

Key dates for admission to year 7 in September 2020

Registration Form available on-line 23 April 2019
Open Evening 4 July 2019 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Register for Testing - deadline for submission 6 September 2019 (midday)
Access Arrangements Form - deadline 9 September 2019 (midday)
Test Information sent to Parents 13 September 2019
Entrance Tests 21 September 2019
Results of Entrance Tests posted 1st Class 11 October 2019
Application to Local Authorities - deadline 31 October 2019
Offers - posted by Local Authorities 2 March 2020


Open Evening - Thursday 4 July 2019

We invite you to attend our Open Evening on Thursday 4 July 2019 from 6.30pm - 8.30pm, when you will have an opportunity to look around the school and to speak with students and staff.  We strongly recommend that you attend the evening with your son to obtain all the information regarding the admission process and we hope that you will find your visit interesting and informative.

Throughout the evening there will be opportunities for you to hear from the Headmaster, Dr Lewis, about aspects of the school and, particularly, about the process of admission into year 7.

The three talks, which last about 20 minutes, will be at:

  • 6.30pm
  • 7.15pm
  • 8.00pm

Registration for Entrance Tests

The Admissions Code of Practice in paragraph 1.32(c) states that the school must:

"inform parents of the outcome of selection tests before parents make applications for other schools - while making clear that this does not equate to a guarantee of a selective place."

The selection or entrance tests take place for all schools in the Consortium on Saturday 21 September 2019.  Parents of boys wishing to be considered for admission to a Bournemouth or Poole Grammar School must register with one of the schools by 12:00 midday on Friday 9 September 2019.

The eligibility for admission to consortium schools will be determined on the basis of the entrance test results. The tests may only be taken once by any pupil. The tests will be taken at the school with whom the parent has registered their child. The test outcomes will be used to determine the eligibility of the student for a place at a consortium school. Parents then decide to which school they will apply for a place for their child.

In order to provide all parents with reliable information before submission of the Common Application Form, all applicants to a Consortium School must complete a registration form to attend the test day at one of the centres. 

The form to register to test at Bournemouth School is available online at  Registration forms must be completed by Friday 6 September 2019 by 12:00 midday.  Paper registration forms are available from the school. 

A registration after the closing date for test registrations will only be accepted for the entrance tests where the Consortium is satisfied that illness, bereavement or other circumstance beyond the control of the parent(s) prevented a timely registration, or the child moved into the area after the closing date for test registration.  Evidence will be required in these circumstances.

Late notification of the testing timetable by a child's current school or otherwise will not be accepted as a reason why timely registration was not possible. Where the Consortium is not satisfied that a timely registration was prevented, any preference expressed for a consortium school on a Local Authority common application form will not be considered alongside those who registered for testing within the published deadline as they have failed to meet the school’s admission criterion.  In such circumstances the application will be considered after the first round of allocations.

For children whose registration or common application form (or both) were submitted after the closing dates, there will be an opportunity to sit the school entrance tests in the following February for consideration after the first round of allocations on 2 March 2020.  This means that boys who registered for testing after 6 September 2019, and/or submitted their common application form after 31 October 2019, but completed both by 1 February 2020, will be tested in time for the second round of allocations on 10 March 2020.

Where a child is unable to sit the entrance tests through illness, bereavement or other circumstance beyond the control of the parent(s) or the child moved into the area after the test dates, the Consortium will make arrangements for testing to take place as soon as practicable. Evidence will be required in these circumstances. Children sitting these tests will be considered alongside those children who sat the tests in September 2020. 

Entrance Tests

Boys will sit the entrance tests on Saturday 21 September 2019 at either Bournemouth School or Poole Grammar School.  The tests may only be taken once by any boy.  Details of the tests and arrangements for the day will be sent to parents and students by the 13 September 2019.  The results of the tests may be used to establish your son's eligibility for a place at both Bournemouth School and Poole Grammar School.

Students seeking admission into year 7 take tests in Mathematics, English and Verbal Reasoning.  All the tests are set to be appropriate for the students in their final year of the the KS2 national curriculum.  It is acknowledged that candidates are unlikely to have covered all of the work that is tested - the tests take account of this.  Further details of the entrance tests are available on the Admissions Tests page.

Results of Entrance Tests

The results of the tests will be sent to parents by first class post on Friday 11 October 2019. 

The school will advise parents whether, on the basis of the tests taken, their child is eligible, or ineligible for a place at a Bournemouth or Poole Grammar School. 

It is important to note that being considered eligible for a place at a consortium school does not mean that a place will be allocated as the schools are usually oversubscribed.


After sitting the entrance tests for Bournemouth School application must be made through your 'home Local Authority application system (i.e. the Local Authority in whose area you reside).  In most Local Authorities it is possible to apply online.  If your home authority is not Bournemouth, your Local Authority will pass your expression of interest to Bournemouth.

The closing date for completed application forms is 31 October 2019.  Please note that late applications will not be considered until all applications received on time have been processed.

Registration for the entrance tests does not replace making Application for admission through your Local Authority.  Application for admission cannot be made directly to the school.


Offers of a school place are posted by your 'home' Local Authority on 2 March 2020.