Our admissions policy has been carefully developed in line with the vision for the school. Admission into Year 7 is comprehensive and academically non-selective, whilst Sixth Form entry is selective based upon GCSE results. 

Year 7 Admissions

Find out about Year 7 admissions and open evenings via our admissions pages. Year 7 applications are made via Birmingham City Council.

Opening evenings: Friday 30th September 2016 and Wednesday 5th October 2016, 5.30 - 8pm. More information available here.


Sixth Form Admissions

Please visit this page for more information about Sixth Form Admissions.

Open evenings: 16th November and 1st December 2016.


Admission Principles

In considering our admissions policy, we have been guided by a number of principles.

  • Our School should be a truly comprehensive school, taking students across a range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, with a range of previous academic achievement. We want students with disabilities and those with special educational needs to be an integral part of our learning community.
  • Our School will seek to attract students from across the city and metropolitan region. This will help to build a diverse student population, enable the school to respond to a growing demand for secondary school places in Birmingham, and reduce the impact on our neighbouring schools.
  • To ensure we attract students from across the city, admissions will not be based on one catchment area, as is traditional. Instead, students will be selected based on the distance of their home, as the crow flies, from one of four ‘nodes’. A node is a central point, determined by co-ordinates on a map, and not a post code area, from which measurements will begin. Our nodes are the entrance to the railway stations in Hall Green, the Jewellery Quarter and Small Heath, and the main reception entrance to the School.
  • We want to build long term relationships with the families and primary schools around our admission nodes, whether or not children eventually attend our School. We will develop an outreach programme and establish partnerships in order that we can connect with and benefit the widest range of people.
  • No child should feel unable to attend our School because of transport, uniform or extra-curricular costs.
  • For entry in Year 7, children with siblings currently at the School will receive preference. It is important that the School is a community, and having families here contributes to that.
  • Our Sixth Form will have academic entry criteria to ensure our students can manage the academic rigour of our Sixth Form. We will tailor a Sixth Form experience which will help prepare students for University entry.

You can find out more about specific admissions criteria on the admissions pages for Year 7 and the Sixth Form.

You can also read the full admissions policy (PDF – 287kb) or look back at our consultation findings (PDF – 701kb) and our response (PDF – 212KB).

Waiting List

If the School is oversubscribed in any year group, all unsuccessful applicants will be placed on a waiting list and informed by the school. The list will operate in accordance with the oversubscription criteria defined for Year 7 and for Sixth Form and will operate until the end of the school year. This will be maintained by the School.


The University of Birmingham School will ensure that parents and relevant children will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel if they are dissatisfied with an admission decision of the University of Birmingham School. The arrangements for appeals will comply with the School Admission Appeals Code. The determination of the appeal panel is binding on all parties.

We will prepare guidance for parents and relevant children about how the appeals process will work and provide them with a named contact who can answer any enquiries they may have about the process.


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