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King Edward VI Aston School 11-Plus

Guide for students seeking entry into a Birmingham Grammar School - September 2025

If you're considering enrolling your son at King Edward VI Aston School, this page contains all the information you will need for the 2025 We have also provided useful information for each of the Birmingham Grammar Schools which you find on this page, or by using the drop down menu.

King Edward VI Aston School

King Edward VI Aston School

King Edward VI Aston School is a prestigious grammar school for boys, boasting the exceptional Ofsted rating of Outstanding.

It first opened its doors in 1883, featuring a remarkable design by Birmingham’s renowned architect JA Chatwin.

The school aims to develop its student into proficient, well-informed individuals capable of thinking independently, and possessing the courage and adaptability to overcome future obstacles.

With a focus on sports, King Edward VI Aston School provides specialised training in various athletic disciplines.

This institution is one of the twelve schools in Birmingham that benefit from the charitable support of the Foundation of the Schools of King Edward VI.

School Information

Address: Frederick Road, Aston, Birmingham, B6 6DJ Local authority: Birmingham City Council School type: Boys' Grammar Headteacher: Matt Brady National Rank: 243 Sunday Times Parent Power A Level Results: 56.8% A*-B GCSE Results: 69.2% 9/8/7 Ofsted Report: View Report № of Pupils: 999 Student to Teacher Ratio: 17 : 1

Year 7 Entry Information

Admissions Contact: Online Form № of Year 7 Places: 140 Qualifying Score: 205 Last Cut-off Score: 216 Lowest admitted score last academic year 11-plus Exam Application: Apply Online 11-plus Registration Opens: May 2024 11-plus Registration Closes: 4pm, 30th June 2024 Open Day: September 2023 Exam Date: September 2024 Exam Type: West Midlands 11+ Test National school offer day: 1st March 2025 Common Application Form (CAF) Deadline: 31st October 2024

King Edward VI Aston School Term Dates

These are the 2024-2025 term dates for the King Edward VI Aston School:

Autumn Term: 4th September – 22nd December 2023 Half Term: 30th October – 3rd November 2023 Spring Term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024 Half Term: 12th–16th February 2024 Summer Term: 8th April – 22nd July 2024 Half Term: 27th–31st May 2024

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How far away is King Edward VI Aston School?

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How to Apply to King Edward VI Aston School

This particular school shares a common entrance test and admissions process with 18 other grammar schools in Birmingham, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Wallsall, and Wolverhampton. This means that your child is only required to take one exam in order to apply to any of these schools.

1: Register for the West Midlands 11-plus test

When your child reaches Year 5, sign them up for the 11 plus at King Edward VI Aston School Online Here. Registration begins at 9am on the May 2024, and concludes at 4pm on 31st October 2024.

If your child is a recipient of Pupil Premium, make sure to indicate this on the registration form and provide the necessary documentation. This will give your child priority in accordance with the school's admission criteria.

2: Apply for School Places

Once your son has taken the 11-plus exam, you will receive the results in mid-October.

If your child receives a mark of 205 or above, they can put this, and other Birmingham grammar schools on their local authority application form.

The application form must be submitted by 31st October 2024.

Before listing this school as a preference, you see the admissions criteria here

Select the area in which you live below to see which local authority you should use for your application.

3: National school offer day

On 1st March 2025 you will receive notification of the school where your child has been admitted. Your highest-ranked school preference that matches their qualifications and has available spots will be the school they are assigned to. In the event that none of your preferred schools have vacancies, an alternative school in your vicinity will be designated. .

Entry Criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for the school is 140.

In the instances where the number of qualifying children exceeds the available places (which is highly probable), King Edward VI Aston School follows a specific order when offering places:

  1. Children who have been Looked-After, or were previously Looked-After, and have attained at least the minimum required grade in the 11 Plus, ranked in order of the test scores and by distance from the school.
  2. Children receiving free school meals who live in the catchment area and have attained at least the minimum required grade in the 11 Plus, ranked in order of the test scores and by distance from the school.
  3. If fewer than 35 children receiving free school meals within the catchment area are offered places, then places are offered to children receiving free school meals outside the catchment area who have attained at least the minimum required 11 Plus grade.
  4. Children who have attained at least the minimum required grade in the 11 Plus and live within the catchment area. Priority is given to children who have siblings who are already attending King Edward VI Aston School, then ranked according to distance from school.
  5. Children who have attained at least the minimum required grade in the 11 Plus, ranked in order of the test scores. If the scores are equal, children who have siblings already attending King Edward VI Aston School are given priority, and then ranked according to distance from school.

The catchment area for King Edward VI Aston School comprises home addresses in the following electoral wards:


  • Alum Rock
  • Aston
  • Bromford & Hodge Hill
  • Castle Vale
  • Erdington
  • Garretts Green
  • Glebe Farm & Tile Cross
  • Gravelly Hill
  • Heartlands
  • Nechells
  • Perry Common
  • Pype Hayes
  • Shard End
  • Sheldon
  • Stockland Green
  • Sutton Four Oaks
  • Sutton Mere Green
  • Sutton Reddicap
  • Sutton Roughley
  • Sutton Trinity
  • Sutton Vesey
  • Sutton Walmley & Minworth
  • Sutton Wylde Green
  • Ward End
  • Yardley East
  • Yardley West & Stechford


  • Castle Bromwich
  • Chelmsley Wood
  • Kingshurst & Fordbridge
  • Smith’s Wood

What's on the 11-plus Exam in Birmingham?

The exam will take place on the September 2024.

The West Midlands 11 plus test is provided by GL Assessment and consists of two papers, each taking approximately 60 minutes to complete. A brief period is allotted at the start of each paper for students to receive instructions and complete ungraded practice questions.

Each paper is subdivided into separately timed sections that evaluate students’ abilities in:

  • English comprehension
  • Mathematics
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

The test is exclusively in multiple-choice format, with no written portions. Students record their responses in a separate answer booklet that is graded electronically.

The mathematics and English questions examine students’ knowledge of Key Stage 2 national curriculum material, including Year 6 targets. It evaluates their ability to reason and apply their knowledge accurately.

The reasoning questions assess students’ logical and problem-solving abilities. Verbal and non-verbal reasoning are usually not taught in school. They are designed to measure how well students can detect patterns, connect ideas, and manipulate written and visual information.

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