Our main entry point to the Senior School is in the Autumn term of Year 7, 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 2021 will be held in January 2021.
For entry to Year 7 these will be on Saturday 16 January and Saturday 23 January 2021 (children need only attend on one of these dates).
Entry assessments for Year 8 will be held on Monday 4 January 2021.
If you are interested in your son or daughter joining BGS in September 2021, 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 will include:
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. For those who have already applied, these papers will be sent in early November. For those who apply after the start of November, you 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 virtual 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: at present Year 9 and 10 are full for entry in September 2021. All applications for these year-groups 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.