Once we receive your registration we will invite your child to School to take part in either an assessment or interview.

Infant School

Families with a son looking to join our Reception, Year 1 or Year 2 class are invited to meet our Head of Primary School, Mrs April Sly.

Junior School assessment day

Assessment day is all about us getting to know your son, and importantly, for him to get to know us and experience a day at Derby Grammar Primary School.

Whilst the name sounds a little formal, it is a very relaxed day. It includes some basic testing on maths, English (including reading and writing) and verbal reasoning – all of which is relevant to your sons current school year. We also spend time observing him in the classroom and at play. This gives us a ‘whole picture’ and enables your son to relax whilst with us. In fact, a lot of the time he won’t even realise he is taking a test.

Our tests are based on the National Curriculum, which means whether your son is currently in a state or independent school the test covers things that are part of the curriculum and what your son is currently learning in class. It is not Common Entrance examination and there is no need for any extra coaching prior to taking the tests.

We will also contact your son’s current school for a report prior to the assessment day, and will send a verbal reasoning practice paper so he becomes familiar with this exercise.

The assessment day is a full day in school, from 8.30am to 3.45pm. We invite parents to join us at the end of the day when you can meet the Head and teachers over a cup of tea.

Assessment days – September 2019 entry

Year group Date
Year 3 Thursday 7 February, 2019
Years 4, 5 & 6 Wednesday 30 January, 2019

Senior School assessment day

Our Senior School assessment day is designed to assess general ability whilst also ensuring that your son will gain maximum benefit from an education at Derby Grammar School. The assessment covers English and maths.

It is not Common Entrance, but is based on the National Curriculum and so boys from both independent and state primary schools can access it and there is no need for additional coaching. We will also contact your son’s current school for a report prior to the assessment day.

If you have applied for scholarship(s) that require assessment, this will take place on the assessment day.

Please note: if your son is currently in our Primary School, he will have a guaranteed place in Senior School. Additional assessment will only be required for those who are applying for a scholarship.

Assessment day – September 2019 entry

Year group Date
Year 7 Monday 10 December, 2018

Sixth Form interviews

All applicants to the Sixth Form are invited to an interview. This usually lasts around 30 minutes and is also an opportunity to ask any questions about Sixth Form at Derby Grammar School. Interviews will take place in early December of the year preceding the year of entry.

Entry is based on the interview and GCSE results. Places are offered conditionally and confirmed upon receipt of final results in August.

Scholarship assessments

Senior School scholarship applicants will be assessed as part of the entrance assessment day.

Sixth Form scholarship applicants will be assessed by early December of the year preceding the year of entry.