School Admissions

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

Main School Open Evening in 2022 (for 2023 intake)

The main school Open Evening will be held on Thursday 23rd June 2022. The Principal will hold three talks in the Main School Hall at the following times:

  • 5.00pm
  • 6.00pm
  • 7.00pm

Book your tickets to hear the Principal's Talk

To book a place at one of the Principal's talks, you will need to pre-book tickets (maximum of 3 per family) ahead of the day, through Eventbrite.

If you are unable to attend any of the talks, do not worry. The talk is being recorded and will be available on this page by the end of the following day for you to view at your leisure.

Tour of the school

Admission to the Open Evening is not ticketed. The school will be open from 5.00pm to 8.00pm for prospective students and their parents to come and meet the NHGS family.  Tours can be undertaken on your own or with one of our student guides. Come and see and hear first hand from the students themselves, what it is to be an NHGS student.

For further information around key dates for admissions, please click on the 'Timetable for Admissions' shown down the right hand side of this page.

My child is joining NHGS in September 2022, can we attend the Open Evening? 

We understand your frustrations at not being able to attend an Open Evening at NHGS last year, in advance of your child joining us in September 2022. Traditionally the Open Evening event is very busy and therefore, with regret, we do not have the capacity to accommodate incoming Year 7 students and their parents/carers at the same time as prospective families for the 2023 intake. 

The good news is that Miss Brooke, the Lower School Leader and Head of Year 7, has a fantastic transition programme planned. As part of the Transition Evening on 30th June, parents will have a tour of the school and students will be shown around by their Student Progress Tutors. 

Also, Mr Fisher’s Talk will be available on the website on Friday 24th June.

For further information around key dates for admissions, please click on the 'Timetable for Admissions' shown down the right hand side of this page.

Consultation on Admissions Policies for entry in September 2023

 In line with the national School Admissions Code, the Halifax Grammar Schools consulted on changes to their admissions policies starting on the 15 December 2021 and ending on 26 January 2022.

The Halifax Grammar Schools considered the responses received from stakeholders and the following admissions policies have been determined by the admissions authorities for both schools.

Link to CHS Policy

Link to NHGS Policy

Please refer to the Consultation Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for responses to questions raised by stakeholders in response to the consultation. 

Link to Frequently Asked Questions

Changes which have been made to the admissions test format are now reflected on our Admissions Test Format page of the website and can also be found below.

Students wishing to join the school in Year 7 are required to sit the joint NHGS/CHS admissions tests in September during Year 6 at primary school.  The tests comprise four elements across two tests:

  • English and Verbal Reasoning
  • Maths and Non Verbal Reasoning

The tests will be answered on optical mark reader sheets.

Updated familiarisation resources are available from G L Assessment (see link) who are the providers of the tests.

The test length on the familiarisation materials is not indicative of the length of the actual tests. They are intended for familiarisation only.


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 each 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 the 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 on 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 appropriate admission. If the applicant meets the qualifying standard and a place is available, then the student will be offered a place.

In Year Transfers

Tests for potential in-year admissions will be held no more than once during each term.  The school will notify applicants in writing within 15 days of the next available test date.  If no applications have been received, the tests will not be held.  Any application received after invitations to sit the tests have been sent out will be invited to sit the following term’s test.