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 2020

If you wish to appeal for a place for your child in year 7 for September 2020 you can download an appeal form here.  This should be completed and submitted to school by the end of the day, Friday 27th March 2020.  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 2020: secondary places offered by the Local Authority; appeals process opened.

27th March 2020: appeals documentation submitted to BRGS by this date at the latest (by end of day).

11th – 15th May 2020: appeal 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.

Admissions, September 2021

  • Entrance examination registration - check website April/May 2020.
  • Open Evening - Tuesday 16th June 2020, 6.30 pm.
  • Opportunity for a morning tour of school, 9.45 am, Tuesday 16th June, 2020.  No appointment necessary.
  • Entrance examination - Saturday 12th September 2020.

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 which is available here.

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