If you have any questions about secondary school places for September 2021, please contact Miss E Mills, Deputy Headteacher, by emailing e.mills@grove.bham.sch.uk

Please follow the links below to find out about secondary schools in the local area.

George Dixon Academy

Hamstead Hall Academy

Holyhead School

King Edward V! Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

St John Wall


Follow the link below to the registration and sign-in page for online applications to secondary schools for September 2021.


Click on the link below for advice and guidance on how to complete the online application form.


Microsoft Teams sessions for parents in Year 6

Parents in Year 6 are invited to join Teams sessions to find out more about how to apply online for secondary schools for entry in September 2021

Tuesday 15th September 2020 at 5.30pm - 6R
Wednesday 16th September 2020 at 5.30pm - 6G
Thursday 17th September 2020 at 5.30pm - 6Y


Email to parents- 8.9.20

Dear parents and carers,

Re: secondary transfer September 2021

The admissions process for  transfer to secondary schools for September 2021 is now live on the Birmingham City Council website.


I am writing to invite Year 6 parents to a Microsoft Teams meeting on Friday 11th September.

During this meeting I will talk you through the admissions process, including what to do before you apply, completing the preference forms and sharing important dates for your diary.

I look forward to seeing you on Friday.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by emailing e.mills@grove.bham.sch.uk

Kind regards,

Miss E Mills


Please find below information shared at the Teams meeting on 11.9.20.

Researching the schools you are interested in

  • Reading the admission arrangements for the schools you are interested in.
  • Visit the schools’ own websites.
  • Schools may have open evenings that you can attend. These may be virtual throughout September.
  • Advice from school admissions and placement staff.
  • Talk to other parents.


Read the admission arrangements  for each school you are interested in


  • Read the admission arrangements for schools you are interested in to see how likely it is that your child will be offered a place there
  • How close you live to a school is very important. Schools have cut off distances which change each year based on demand.


Previous admission pattern for Holyhead school

210 Year 7 spaces
1 mile is 1,609 metres

2018 – 837 preferences received ranking the school 1 – 6. Last child admitted lived 852 metres from the school
2019 – 1229 preferences received ranking the school 1 – 6. Last child admitted lived 758 metres from the school
2020 – 909 preferences received ranking the school 1 – 6. Last child admitted lived 1037 metres from the school

Oversubscription criteria 

  • Looked after children or previously looked after children
  • Siblings – brothers or sisters who will still be in attendance in September 2021
  • Distance – children who live nearest the school.

How do I apply?

  • Complete the Local Authority preference form online between September 2020 to 31st October 2020


  • Submit your online application.
  • You will receive an email confirmation. Check your confirmation email to make sure everything is correct.
  • Make sure you apply on time. Applications received after 31st October 2020 will be classed as late applications and will not be processed until after the offer of places on 1st March 2021.


How do I complete the preference form?

  • Complete all sections.
  • Name 6 schools you would like your child to attend.
  • Rank your 6 schools in order of preference.
  • Include full details of any brothers or sisters who will still be in attendance at the school in September 2021

Key dates for your diary

  • September 2020 – research schools you are interested in
  • 12th September 2020 – grammar school test
  • 31st October 2020– closing date for acceptance of preference forms.
  • 1st March 2021 – parents will receive email confirming secondary school.
  • 15th March 2021- deadline for accepting the offer


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