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Year 7–Year 10

Our main entry point to the Senior School is in the Autumn term of Year 7 or Year 9, although entry is possible to other year-groups or at other times of the school year, dependent on the availability of spaces.

Entrance assessments for entry in September 2022 will be held in January 2022. For Year 7 entry, exams will be held on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22 January 2022 (candidates need attend on only one date). Year 9 entrance exams will be held on Saturday 15 January 2022 only.

If you are interested in your son or daughter joining BGS in September 2022, you can register your interest with the Admissions Office, request a prospectus online, or book a visit to BGS.

For 2021 entry, the Entrance Examinations included:

Year 7: A 45-minute Creative Writing paper, a 20-minute Comprehension paper, a 30-minute Problem-solving paper, and a 20-minute Arithmetic paper.

To help your child prepare for the entrance assessments, we will send a sample of each of the papers to all those who have applied in early November. Later applicants will receive the samples with your application acknowledgement email.

Although, we would prefer to see a child’s natural ability, we understand that some children may feel more comfortable if they can undertake some additional practice. If you wish for your child to partake in some preparation further to the sample papers that we send, we would suggest you purchase the CGP 11+ Maths (GL Assessment) and CGP 11+ English (GL Assessment). Please note that the CGP books are only practice materials, the format of the tests will be similar to those as provided in our sample papers.  

All Year 7 candidates are also invited to a meeting with a member of staff to discuss their hobbies, interests and school work. Details of this appointment will be sent following your Year 7 application.

Year 8: Papers in English and Mathematics, and a Modern Language (ML) linguistic competency test

Year 9 and 10: Papers in English, Mathematics and Science and a Modern Language (ML) linguistic competency test

Please note: applications for places in Years 8, 9 and 10 are dependent on the availability of places. Please contact the Admissions team for up-to-date information. The best way is to call us on 0117 933 9885. 

If spaces are not currently available in your desired year-group, you can submit an application which will be held on a waiting list. Should a vacancy arise, we will take all reasonable steps to contact all those on the waiting list with a test date. The place(s) will then be awarded on merit.

As part of the entry process for all year-groups, alongside the examinations, we also consider a reference provided by your child’s current school. 

If you are interested in a scholarship or a bursary for your child, you can find details of the application and assessment process on our Fees and Bursaries page and Scholarships page.

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