Admissions & Testing
Welcome to the Admissions Section of the Denmark Road High School website.
We would be excited to welcome you to one of our Open Events. Please click here to see our upcoming dates and email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Admission to Year 7 is by an entrance examination taken in September. All the details are available via the above link.
Places in other years may be available. Please follow the above link and fill in the form on the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does my child gain admission to Denmark Road High School?
Denmark Road High School is a selective school. To gain a place your child must first sit and achieve the required standard in the Grammar School entrance test. For 2023 entry, the test will be held on Saturday 17 September 2022.
How do I apply to sit the grammar school entrance test?
You must complete the Grammar School Registration to enable your child to sit the entrance test. Information on this will be found on this website at the appropriate time. Registration for 2023 entry will be open from Thursday 19 May at 12 noon and closes Thursday 30 June at 12 noon. Once you have registered on line you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this confirmation email within a few hours of registering you must contact the school. At the beginning of the school term in September (on or before 12th September) you will receive a letter detailing timings of the day and what your daughter should bring.
What is the format of the test?
The test consists of multiple choice style questions on verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning), numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. There are two papers each lasting 50 to 55 minutes with additional time for instructions and some worked examples. There will be a break between the papers.
Why has the test been changed?
The seven Gloucestershire Grammar Schools are concerned by the amount of tutoring that currently takes place. CEM are one of the largest independent providers of educational assessment and monitoring systems in the world. They have been developing selection assessments since 1999, and provide tests for a number of grammar schools in other counties. CEM design their tests to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation.
Is it possible to obtain some practice papers/sample questions beforehand?
Familiarisation booklets are available here which give examples of the sorts of questions used in the test. CEM does not produce commercially available practice materials. Please be aware that materials sold on the Internet or provided by tutors, other than CEM familiarisation and practice materials, are not genuine CEM samples.
How should my daughter prepare for the test?
Beyond the familiarisation material, the best preparation for the tests is to read books and use mathematics on a regular basis.
When will I get the results?
The results will be sent via email in October (date and time to be confirmed). The length of time between the test and the result is longer than in previous years but the results are published in good time for you to be able to complete the Local Authority’s Common Application Form.
If my child reaches the qualifying standard how do I apply for a place at Denmark Road High School?
If your child meets the qualifying standard you will be informed and can apply for a place at Denmark Road High School by completing the Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) for allocation of school places. The deadline for this is usually 31 October.
Does the school have a catchment area?
Denmark Road High School does not have a catchment area.
This information is based on the most up-to-date information available to us at the time and may be subject to change.