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Senior Schools Admissions

Entry into our Senior Schools is highly competitive, with around 40% of our pupils coming from the BGS Primary Division at Year 7 and around 60% from other schools. We are always significantly oversubscribed. 

This makes for the perfect mix of pupils from different backgrounds, all of whom have one very important thing in common: a thirst for learning. We understand that pupils joining us from other schools will have had different learning experiences as juniors and we are looking for potential as well as the ability to thrive within the fast-paced learning environment of our Senior Schools. 

Pupil applications are under way for a Year 7 place at Bury Grammar School for entry in September 2023. We are proving to be a school which more and more families are choosing for their children and pupil roll has grown considerably in the last few years. 

Those wishing to apply for a Year 7 place in our Senior Schools must register for the Entrance Examination, which takes place in January each year.  The Entrance Examination takes the form of 3 papers: English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning.  Those who are successful in the Entrance Examination will be invited for interview which are usually held in early February.  Throughout the process, we are looking for achievement and potential as well as a thirst for learning.  Offer letters are sent out towards the end of February. 

Our entrance exam will take place in school on Thursday, 19th January 2023, for entry into Year 7 in September 2023.

You must complete an application before this date to be included in the entrance examination. To register for the Entrance Examination, and to be kept updated with the application process, please complete an Application Form.

Below are some example entrance examination papers that you may find of interest:

To request more information or to ask a question, please complete an Enquiry Form.

For details about our Senior School bursaries (assistance with fees) and scholarships (recognising gifted and talented pupils) please click here.

Please find the timeline for our Year 7 places for September 2023 below.

Transition Timeline 2023


To find out more about our school, you can hear from our Principal, Mrs Jo Anderson in this short video:

What makes BGS unique?

To visit school, please look at our taster events scheduled: Open Events

If you would like to arrange a visit, or require any further information, our Admissions Team will be happy to hear from you. Please contact the Admissions Team on 0161 696 8600 (1) or register your interest by filling out the Enquiry Form.

For details about our Senior School bursaries (assistance with fees) and scholarships (recognising gifted and talented pupils)  please click here.

''We have been astounded by just how quickly our son has settled into Senior School at BGS.  The support he has received from the staff, and the school as a whole has been incredible.  He was apprehensive about starting a new school but in the first few months he has made so many new friends and had so many opportunities to try new things.''

Year 7 Parent

''BGS is like one big family. I really feel I can be myself. Studying in Senior School has definitely made me more enthusiastic about learning, developing new skills and meeting new people. Coming to BGS Senior School was the best decision I’ve ever made.''

Year 10 Pupil

''Our daughter is so happy at BGS and it feels like such a positive influence in her life. She has grown in confidence and become so much braver in her outlook already. We are so happy with how she has settled in.''

Year 7 Parent