Admissions Information

ADMISSIONS Update 31st January 2017

Admission of children to Year 7 for September 2018

All information with regard to admission to Year 7 for September 2018 will be available on the school website from 2nd May 2017 and you will be able to apply online from this time for your child to sit the entrance test.  The entrance test will take place in September 2017 and the closing date for online applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 27th June 2017.

Please note if you have not completed the online application form or you have not followed up the procedure regarding ‘confirmation emails’ by 12 noon on the 27th June 2017 a later test will not be initiated until after 1st March 2018

The Open Evening for Yr 5 parents and children will take place on Tuesday 27th June 2017, Please note this is also the closing date for applications.

The school admissions personnel will not be able to engage in telephone conversations about any aspect of the admission process.  Should you have any queries email  A response will be given within five working days.

Admissions Update 14 October 2016

All result letters for the current phase of this round of applications have now been posted.

  • A successful outcome will be considered to have been achieved by those candidates who scored 334 and above in the tests or whose score was upgraded to 334R following an Automatic Review.
  • Candidates with a score of 397 and above are currently in our Top 20; this figure may lower as the admissions process continues.
  • A total of 1896 pupils took part in the Urmston Grammar entrance examination in September and several hundred pupils achieved the qualifying score of 334 and above. The average score for those pupils who qualified was 357. A further 297 pupils achieved a total score between 321 and 333 and were reviewed.
  • We are unable to give results out over the telephone.  Should you not have your results by Tuesday 18th October, please contact the school office and we will arrange a time when you can collect them.
  • Similarly, the school admissions personnel will not be able to engage in telephone conversations about any aspect of the process.  Should you have any queries email  A response will be given within five working days.

Please see below the Oversubscription Criteria for the admissions of for the admission of children in September 2017

Oversubscription Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants for admissions exceeds the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit:

Entry Category A

Places are initially allocated to candidates who are “Looked after” children or who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence, or special guardianship order (as defined in the Education Act 2002 – Admissions) who meet the published academic requirements. This selection procedure is classed as Entry Category A.

Entry Category B – approximately 20 places

Using the first list (rank score order) of candidates, the (20) top scoring candidates, irrespective of home residence, will be allocated a place under Category B. Candidates with equal scores to the lowest candidate in this second allocation will also be offered places.

Entry Category C – approximately 3 places

Parents will have the opportunity to submit a Pupil Premium notification slip along with the Urmston Grammar supplementary form when candidates receive a positive outcome results letter. Three places will be allocated to the highest performing candidates who qualify for Pupil Premium, irrespective of distance, and who did not qualify under Entry Categories A or B above.   Candidates, on Pupil Premium, with equal scores to the lowest candidate in this third allocation will also be offered places.

Entry Category D

Children who achieve a pass in the entrance examination process and who have parents who are serving members of Urmston Grammar School staff – and who have had a permanent contract at UGS for at least 8 continuous years – will be offered a place.

Entry Category E – approximately 127 places

Upon removing the candidates who are allocated places via Entry Categories A, B, C and D, the remaining places will be allocated in accordance with their distance from the school to their front door as per a straight line firstly by M41 and M31 postcodes followed by the remaining candidates. This arrangement is listed as Category E. The address used will be the permanent address of where the child resides.  Proof of residency will be requested.

Non-allocation of a place

The School will operate a waiting list for Year 7 admission in September. From September to December of Year 7, any vacancies must be filled from the waiting list in accordance with the over-subscription criteria detailed above. From January each year, any subsequent available places will be offered to the candidate performing at the highest level in a re-assessment process, the details for which are communicated prior to the re-assessment (of recently completed school work) being conducted. 

Admissions Information

 Welcome to what we hope is the most straightforward admissions process you will come across. This whole section of our web site is intended to provide you with all of the information you need when applying for a place at Urmston Grammar and the application form is now available to complete on line.

In September 2010 Urmston Grammar became the first selective 'New Academy', effectively a publicly funded independent school. Our admissions policy and processes however have remained unchanged as we maintain our commitment to our local community.

  • The admissions menu takes you to our "admissions timeline" which outlines the stages of application, the calendar dates and which documents and deadlines need to be noted.
  • The on line application form is all you need to complete to book an entrance examination place.
  • Our "admissions policy" section presents in full our policy for admissions. This is by necessity a somewhat dense policy carefully written to fully meet the statutory "School Admissions Code" and should be read in conjunction with the two partner documents; The Urmston Grammar Admissions Information document (inc FAQ's) and the Familiarisation Booklet.
  • Links to our prospectus are also here for your further information.
  • Our Sixth Form admission policy is included in the "admissions policy" section. Further information may also be found in the "Sixth Form" section of our web site.

Please Note: The school admissions personnel will not be able to engage in telephone conversations about any aspect of the admission process.  Should you have any queries email  A response will be given within five working days.





Adobe_PDF_Icon  Admission Information for entry in September 2017 (including Frequently Asked Questions)

Adobe_PDF_Icon   Admission Timetable for entry in September 2017

Adobe_PDF_Icon   Online Registration Details for entry in September 2017 (Contains details and link to registration form)

Adobe_PDF_Icon   CEM Consortium Entrance Test Familiarisation Booklet

Urmston Grammar, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Sale Grammar School and Stretford Grammar School are using the same entrance test and consequently your son/daughter can only sit one test. However, parents can request that the test results are shared between all four schools for inclusion in their standardisation. Parents can therefore choose to receive results for all four schools. Please read the registration form carefully and apply the appropriate statement to request that the scores are shared. Scores cannot be retrospectively shared between the schools after the standardisation process has taken place.

Please make sure you have read the documents above before applying.



Our welcome for new students

Initial arrival and post-induction

Even before arrival at school in September, the pupils take their place in mixed ability forms under the care of a Form Tutor.  The Form Tutor has the responsibility of getting to know each pupil as well as possible. The work of the Form Tutor is organised and co-ordinated by the Head of Lower School and Vice Principal, Mrs. Ball, who has the responsibility for the welfare of pupils in the first three years. Mrs. Ball is the person to inform if your child has a particular medical or other problem.

During the first two weeks, all new pupils take part in our Lakeside experience, a residential aimed at team building, getting to know each other and our staff as well as to have some tremendous fun too. At the foot of this page are some of the captured memories of that amazing experience, the outcome of which is always a sense of belonging to Urmston Grammar and the disappearance of all the worries and fears associated with joining a new school; they just melt away.

Before half-term, at the end of September in the first year, a Post-Induction Evening is held, giving parents the opportunity to let Mrs. Ball and the Form Tutors know if any problems or anxieties have developed over the first few weeks. Of course the telephone is always an option should you need to contact us.

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