School Admissions

Students must sit the Admissions Tests to be considered for a place

Admissions Information Update 8th September – Covid-19


We realise that the extraordinary circumstances in which we have found ourselves over recent months have been very unsettling for both parents and children

We would respectfully request that you do not call the school. Information updates will be given on the grammar schools’ websites and via email to those parents who have registered their child(ren) for the Admissions Tests online before the deadline of 3rd September 2020.

Admissions Tests for Entry September 2021

It is our intention to proceed with the Admissions Tests in the autumn term and acting upon further guidance from the DfE (please see link below), the Admissions Tests will now take place on Saturday 7th November 2020.  We would encourage both parents and children to continue as best they can with their preparations.


>>>Link to DfE "Coronavirus (COVID- 19): assessment processes for selective school admissions"

Please view the updated ‘Admissions Timetable’ along with the ‘FAQ’s DfE guidance’ and continue to regularly visit our admission pages for any further updates.

The deadline for applications was 3rd September 2020.  


Admissions for Year 7


We would love to give a place to everyone who wants to come to North Halifax Grammar School (NHGS) but sadly that isn’t possible.  We admit 180 pupils per year into Year 7, and these places are awarded strictly in line with the terms of our admissions policy which you can download from this page.

Entry to the school will be determined by academic ability and attainment as identified by admissions exam which will be a test of ability - irrespective of sex, race or disability.


Admissions Test

Parents need to register their child to sit the admissions test (please note, an application to sit the test is not an application to attend the school – refer to your local authority’s website for information on applying to secondary schools) .  We operate a joint registration and admissions process with Crossley Heath School, and registration forms for the test can be accessed from both schools and their websites.


For more information about the test, please click here.

For more information about the timetables for admissions, please click here.


Casual Admissions into Years 7 to 11

Anyone wishing to transfer to the school, other than at the normal date of entry in September, must apply on a Casual Vacancy Application Form, and must be on the waiting list at the time of the vacancy.

Applicants wishing to transfer to NHGS, either from another school in Calderdale or from a school in another local authority (LA), need to complete a ‘Transfer Request for Calderdale Schools’ form available from the LA.

If the application is from a student attending a school in another LA or who has recently moved into the area, the application will be sent to the school. If there is a vacancy in the appropriate year, the applicant will be invited into the school to sit tests in English, Mathematics, a Modern Foreign Language and Science.  If the applicant meets the criteria of ability and attainment, then a place will be offered.

The LA or the school may inform the parent(s) of the outcome of the application.