Lancaster Royal
Grammar School


11+ Applications

The application for entry in Year 7 in September 2025 is now open. Please read the Admissions Booklet before you apply.

The Open Day is on Saturday 15 June 9am - 1pm.

Please note, there are two application forms that must be completed:

1   LRGS Application Form

The deadline for LRGS applications for 2025 entry: Monday 9 September 2024.

Please complete the online application form here.

2   LEA Common Application Form

The LEA Common Application Form should be completed and returned to your son's primary school.  This form is not available from LRGS; it will be distributed by your primary school or your home LEA (ie Lancashire if you live in Lancashire, Cumbria if you live in Cumbria, and so on), usually in September of Year 6. It is usually available online and should be submitted by the end of October.  

Entrance Tests

To help children to familiarise themselves with the format and types of question found in the 11+ tests, GL Assessment have created free sample materials. 

GL Assessment have also made some practice papers available online.  

We advise not to use other practice papers from anywhere other than GL Assessment. There are organisations that will charge large sums of money for practice papers and they are not associated with LRGS.    

11+ entrance tests take place at LRGS on Saturday 28 September 2024 for 2024 entry. There are three tests: Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English. We do not use Non-Verbal Reasoning. The results of the 11+ entrance tests are sent to arrive with parents by Wednesday 9 October 2024.

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Who is eligible to apply?

The Governors welcome applications to the school from the parents of boys who will be age 11 years on entry.  Applications will also be accepted and considered for admission to Year 7 from parents of boys age under 11 years on 31 August in the year of transfer. However, the Governors will require evidence of exceptional academic ability, together with adequate social and physical development to enable such boys to benefit from accelerated entry.

Priority is given to the sons of parents living within the boundaries of the Administrative City of Lancaster and all those from this area who reach the qualifying standards are offered places. The highest priority will be given to looked after children or previously looked after children.*  The second priority will be given to applicants who are eligible for the Pupil Premium. 

* 'Looked after children' are children who are in the care of the local authority or are being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of its social services functions at the time of making an application to the School. 'Previously looked after children' are children, who were looked after but ceased to be because they were adopted (or became subject of a child arrangements order or special guardian order) immediately following being looked after.

Please read our school Prospectus and the Admissions Booklet below for more details.

Travel and Transport

Advice on travel and transport is available to download here. There are also directions by car on the Contact page of the website.  Free travel advice is available from Lancashire County Council.

Please get in touch if you require further information.

Contact the Admissions Officer

Mrs E Simmill
Admissions Officer
Lancaster Royal Grammar School
East Road
Lancaster LA1 3EF

Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 (12+ 13+ 14+) Applicants

If parents wish to apply for a day place for their child outside the normal admissions cycle (for example, families who have moved into the catchment area) then please apply here. The school is currently full and day places will not normally be available during the school year.  We will respond to any applications for in-year day places within 15 school days of receipt of the application. 

For those wishing to join the school at Year 8, 9 or 10, in Boarding, there is an entrance exam in January 2025.  Please contact Emma Jones for more information or to apply for a Boarding place. 

Admissions Appeals

Appeals for a school place are heard by the Local Education Authority, Lancashire County Council.

The appeals timetable allows those families submitting appeals at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to submit a written appeal. The appeal forms and advice on how to complete them is available on the Lancashire County Council website here.

Families will be given a reasonable deadline for submitting an appeal to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence, and for the clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties.

Those making an appeal receive at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing.

Decision letters are sent within 5 school days of the hearing, where possible.

Boarding Applicants

We are a state boarding school, with most boarders joining the school at 11+. Boarding applicants should fill in the same application form and ideally, attend the entrance test in September.  However, there is another opportunity for boarders to be examined in January, if they are late entrants.  Please contact Emma Jones for further information.

Overseas Boarding Applicants

All overseas applicants must hold a current British passport or have right of residency in the UK. 

Overseas entrants must have a UK-based guardian, usually a relative or friend of the family. There are also guardianship agencies.

Pupils should be fluent in English as the school has no facilities for teaching English as a second language.

Brexit Advice for EU Entrants to Boarding

We will not be able to consider EU passport holders as boarding applicants unless they have Settled Status.

EU students who successfully secure boarding places at LRGS will need to register for pre-settled status with the UK government. Students can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to extend their stay. Students who enter the country from Jan 1, 2021, are subject to the new immigration rules (currently the Tier 4 visa route). 

If you plan to visit us, you will find full details of a range of accommodation on the Tourist Office’s website. There is a direct, hourly train service from Manchester Airport to Lancaster Station. Further directions to the school are available here.