BRGS is a designated grammar school primarily for children who attend primary schools in Bacup, Rawtenstall and the surrounding areas. As a grammar school, our entire intake is selected on the basis of high academic ability.

We admit up to 180 students each year, based on their performance in our entrance examination, which is held each September. We hold an open evening each June to give parents and potential students the chance to look around the school before applying to sit our entrance examination. 

Children must pass the entrance exam in order to be considered for a place. However, passing the examination is not a guarantee of a place due to our over-subscription criterion.

Appeals for places in Year 7, September 2019

If you wish to appeal for a place for your child in Year 7 for September 2019 you can download an appeals form here.  This should be completed and submitted to school by 3rd April 2019. Please clearly label your envelope "Appeals". Our appeals are wholly independent of the school and are managed by Lancashire.  Some guidance regarding the appeals process can be downloaded here.

A timeline for the management of appeals can be seen below:

  • 1st March 2019: secondary places offered by the Local Authority; appeals process opened.
  • 3rd April 2019: appeals documentations submitted to BRGS by this date at the latest.
  • 1st/ 2nd May 2019: appeals hearings.  Lancashire will contact you directly with specific details of your appeal hearing.  You should receive the outcome of your appeal within 5 working days of the hearing.

Applications for places, September 2020

Admissions Policy.  Please download here.

The Blue Book:  our guide to the entrance examination process.  Please download here.

Familiarisation Guide: the essential guide for parents to prepare their children for the entrance examination.  It is important that parents go through this guide with their child before they sit the entrance examination.  Please download here.

Information for parents about the examination.  Produced by CEM, our examination provider.  Please download here. 

Registration for the entrance exam for entry in September 2020 closed on Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 12 noon.

Please contact if you do not receive email confirmation of registration.

In-Year Admissions

In-year admissions occur when a student leaves BRGS and a place becomes available. Information about in-year admissions can be found here. This information is a part of our overall admissions policy.

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