Admissions Arrangements

Admission to The North Halifax Grammar School September 2017


This information relates to entry into Year 7 for 2017 - for Sixth Form please visit Admissions at 16+ 


For entry into Year 7 in September 2017, parents have to include the school as one of their five preferences on the Common Application Form (CAF). If you want your child to be considered for a place at both the Halifax Grammar Schools, The North Halifax Grammar School and The Crossley Heath School, then BOTH must be included in your 5 preferences on the CAF. Entry to the school will be determined by academic ability and attainment as identified by admissions tests which will be a test of ability irrespective of sex, race or disability. The published admission number (PAN) for the school for September 2017 is 180.


Parents need to complete an on-line registration form for the admission tests which is available on the Grammar Schools’ websites or a paper copy can be obtained from the website or from the schools. Registration forms are available for completion from Monday April 18thto the deadline of Friday September 2nd 2016.


The admission test will consist of:

  1. a) a test in English
  2. b) a test in Mathematics
  3. c) a nationally validated test in Verbal Reasoning (VR)

The scores for each test will be age-weighted.


Once the tests have been marked, parents will be informed in writing by the schools of the overall test score achieved by their child, their position in the order of merit and whether they have reached the required standard to be considered for admission. In order to reach the required standard, candidates must be in the top 500 places in the order of merit. Reaching the standard does not guarantee the offer of a place.


If more children reach the required standard in the test than there are places at the school, children in the following categories who reach that standard will be offered a place according to the following oversubscription criteria, which will be applied in the following order:


a) Children looked after and children previously looked after * (see definition below)

b) Children attracting the Pupil Premium (PP) ** (see definition below)


Once these places have been allocated the remaining places at NHGS will be offered according to the order of merit until the school reaches its PAN. Where two or more children achieve the same score as the child in the last place to be offered at NHGS the following oversubscription criteria will apply as a tie breaker:


  1. Siblings (to include step siblings, foster siblings, and adopted siblings living permanently in the same address) of children presently attending the school.

  2. Proximity of the child’s home to the school, with those living nearer accorded the highest priority. Distance will be calculated using a straight line measurement from the pupil’s home to the closest designated school gate. Distances will be calculated using the LA’s Geographical Information System (GIS). To ensure consistency, all measurements will be carried out by the LA’s GIS system and no other method of The North Halifax Grammar School 4 measuring distance will be considered. Each property has a coordinate taken from Ordnance Survey ADDRESS-POINT data. This is the point which distance measurements will be taken from. If there is a shared responsibility between parents, the home that is registered for child benefit will be used.


*A “looked after child” is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social service functions (see the definition in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order.


**Children attracting Pupil Premium are those who have been registered for free school meals (FSM) at any point in the 6 years prior to the closing date for registering for the test. The school will require evidence of Pupil Premium registration and reserves the right to withdraw the offer of a place if the offer has been made on the basis of an incorrect, fraudulent or misleading application. Parents of children attracting Pupil Premium must have ticked the Pupil Premium box when registering their child for the test. Parents will need to provide evidence of Pupil Premium registration to the schools no later than the end of the September. Any evidence received after this date will be considered as late and will only be considered after the main round of allocations has been made.


The admissions tests will be held on Saturday October 1st 2016. The pupils identified in the order of merit, assessed as suitable for a Grammar School place and being capable of gaining full advantage from the type of education provided, will be notified to the parents by Friday October 21st 2016. Secondary school applications must be submitted to the LA in which the child is resident by October 31st 2016. The LA will then allocate places according to the coordinated scheme and parents will be informed by letter on Wednesday March 1st 2017.


The coordinated scheme in Calderdale is administered as an equal preference scheme. This means that parents express a preference for up to five schools on the CAF and although they are ranked in order, they are given equal preference. The LA will operate the scheme and coordinate admissions by sending every preference to the admission authorities without reference to the rating on the CAF. Therefore, schools will offer places based on their oversubscription criteria which cannot include ‘first preference first’. The ranking is used to discriminate between preferences if two or more schools are able to offer a place, then the highest preference is offered. Parents wishing their daughter or son to be considered for a place at The North Halifax Grammar School are advised to consider the results of the admissions test and if the child is in the top 500 in the Order of Merit then they should place the school first. However, if they do not perform relatively well enough in the test ultimately to qualify for a place at The North Halifax Grammar School, they may meet the criteria for another school. On March 1st 2016 the school was full and therefore parents who are considering The North Halifax Grammar School are strongly urged to place it as their first preference. Kirklees and Bradford also operate an equal preference scheme and so parents can follow the advice given above for Calderdale residents.