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

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 Junior School.

Whilst the name sounds a little formal, it is a very relaxed day. It includes some basic testing on maths, English, verbal reasoning and writing – 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 3.20pm. 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 2018 entry

Year group Date
Year 3 Thursday 8 February, 2018
Years 4, 5 & 6 Wednesday 31 January, 2018

Senior School entrance examination

Our Senior School entrance examination is designed to assess general ability whilst also ensuring that your son will gain maximum benefit from an education at Derby Grammar School.

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, and will send a verbal reasoning practice paper so he becomes familiar with this exercise. Whilst we cannot provide actual past papers, we can offer advice on where to access practice papers. You can also download example past papers below.

Please note: if your son is currently in our Junior School, he will only sit one of the entrance papers as we will already have a good overview of his performance.

Entrance examination – September 2018 entry

Year group Date
Year 7 Friday 19 January, 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 take place all year round, although if you are also applying for a scholarship or bursary the interview must take place before January 31. 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 for September 2018 will be assessed as part of the entrance examination day.

Entrance examination example papers: