How to apply

Admissions

Admissions Overview

We understand that choosing the right senior school is an important and sometimes complex decision, for both parents and children. You will be supported in this by our highly experienced admission team who will be there to answer any questions and help you navigate anything that is unfamiliar and generally provide guidance and reassurance during your admissions journey.

Everyone at Bromley Independent Grammar works hard to create an exciting, stimulating and caring environment to ensure each child reaches their full potential. Each September we welcome 14 new students to join the School in Year 7, becoming part of a vibrant and diverse community of lifelong learners, leaving us as young men and woman well-equipped to meet the challenges of their lives beyond the School.

The information on these pages gives an overview of the application process and provides an outline for each entry point. Most students join in Year 7; however, a few places occasionally become available further up the school. All those who wish to join the School must take entrance exams and these take place at various times depending on the year group of entry. 

To register your child for Year 7, an Admission Application Form (available here) must be completed and sent to us with a £100 registration fee. The application form must be signed by both parents. When we receive this, we will look to arrange a suitable date for your child to complete our entrance assessment and attend an informal interview with our Headmistress.

If you would like to consider a place at Bromley Independent Grammar School for your child we suggest you visit us first to gain a sense of all our school can offer. We would be delighted to meet you and do hope to be able to welcome you soon.

If you have any further questions about the school or the admissions process then please contact our admissions secretary, Marie Slater on office@theBIGschool.co.uk or 020 8777 2942.

Admissions Process

1

Visit the School

The admission journey usually begins with a visit to the School. The best way to get to know the school is to experience for yourself school life by arranging a personal tour, or if you prefer you can attend one of our termly Open Events.

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Arrange an Entrance Exam

Once you have completed and returned your registration form we will get in contact to arrange for your child to sit our entrance exam and attend an informal interview. We will be happy to discuss any aspect of this with you, if you have any further questions please contact us.

2

Complete a Registration Form

The next step is to complete a registration form. Your registration will be confirmed once payment of the registration fee has been received.

4

Confirmation of Place

After your child has completed the entrance exam and we feel Bromley Independent Grammar is the right fit, we will be in touch to offer your child a place.

Visit Us

Many parents take the opportunity to arrange a personal visit to Bromley Independent Grammar, as a first introduction to the school or as a second visit following an Open Event. A personal visit provides an ideal occasion during which to get a feel for the school, meet particular staff members whose subject holds a particular interest for your child or see classes in session and to ask individual questions.

What to expect

A personal visit usually lasts about one hour and begins with a private tour of the School with the Head Mistress, followed by a one-to-one, half hour meeting with the Principal.

If you are seeking a place in 2020 we would recommend a personal visit at the soonest possible opportunity.

Personal visits generally take place in term time from Monday to Friday, subject to the school calendar. The diary does fill up quickly so please do get in touch if your time is limited.

Please contact our admission team on 020 8777 2942 or email office@theBIGschool.co.uk. Alternatively you can complete the online form and a member of the team will be in touch shortly.

Entrance Examinations

All students entering at 11+ will be asked to take an Entrance Exam. The entrance exam will be held in September of the year of entry but may be available to take all year-round subject to the availability of places.

Applicants will sit English and Mathematics tests, after which each applicant will be invited to have an interview. The exams are designed to identify those whose potential exceeds current ability.
As well as formal exams, the students are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of lessons such as Science, Design Technology, Fencing and P.E. as well as socialising at a specially prepared lunch.

The selection process aims to be sensitive and caring towards every applicant.

The Interview

Following the Entrance Exam each student will be invited to attend an interview and from these, the final selection will be made. Interviews are friendly and informal as we wish to ensure that you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, that you are hard-working, mature, and ready to take full advantage of all the opportunities that BIG provides.

We encourage students to bring in exercise books from their current school and a piece of work of which they are particularly proud to show to the Head. The interviewer will refer to the student’s questionnaire so we can ensure that each student can follow their own interests at the school.

Obviously, your academic record is important and we have high academic standards to maintain, but this is not the only criterion for selection. Above all, we need to feel that you are going to make a positive contribution to our community. We are looking for boys and girls with real potential and drive to become intellectual, inspired and independent learners. We want them to have the desire and ability to contribute broadly across the curriculum so they can develop fully as individuals.

The interview is an informal affair and is a chance for students to get to know Bromley Independent Grammar as much as it is for us to get to know you. If your child performs well in the entrance papers and we believe they have the personality and character to thrive in our environment, then you will receive written confirmation of an offer before the end of February.

Register Now

Once you have visited the school and decided that you wish to progress your application further you will need to Register your child with us by completing this Registration Form and returning it to us along with a non-refundable £100

Once this is received the team will contact you to confirm receipt of your form and fee and are always available by telephone or email to answer any further questions you may have.

Fees

Our fees include many costs associated with providing a thorough education for the students at the School, including teaching, use of school books and equipment, stationary and other materials.

Other expenses are normally restricted to uniform and voluntary school camps and trips.

Please explore our fees in full below.

Fees are likely to increase each year to keep pace with the rising costs in education.