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Admissions for Entry - September 2021 

Gloucestershire Grammar Schools’ statement on the entrance test for September 2021 entry (current Year 5 pupils)

In light of current events, parents and carers of children in Year 5 will want to know about arrangements for the Gloucestershire Grammar School Entrance Test, which is scheduled to be taken by children on Saturday, 12th September 2020.

As things stand, the Gloucestershire Grammar School Headteachers plan to run the entrance test as scheduled at their schools on Saturday, 12th September 2020.  Also, in light of the current Covid-19 close down of all schools, the grammar heads have agreed to move the registration opening date to Monday, 18th May 2020: this will give all parents/carers two additional weeks to complete the process.   The online registration system will close at noon on Tuesday, 30th June 2020. Those who fail to register will not be able to sit the test in September. When the registration process is complete, further details of the test day will be provided by the allocated test centre where the candidate will sit the test.

The expectation is that the entrance test will go ahead as planned on Saturday 12th September 2020.  However, if any changes are necessary communication will continue with all parents/carers who register their Year 5 children and this communication will be via email so please ensure you register with an email address that is fully accessible to you at all times.

To summarise, parents/carers will need to register their child between 18th May and 30th June as normal and plan for their child to sit the test on Saturday 12th September 2020.  In the meantime, parents/carers may find it helpful to look at the latest entrance test familiarisation guide and the Entrance Test FAQs (both documents are available on all seven grammar school websites).

Denmark Road High School  :

Marling School :

Pate’s Grammar School

Ribston Hall High School

Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Stroud High School

The Crypt School


Your daughter will transfer to Secondary Education in September 2021, whilst this seems a long way away, if you would like your daughter to be considered for a place at Denmark Road High School, a girls’ Grammar School in Gloucester, you must register for the Entrance Test by 12 noon on Tuesday 30 June 2020.

Please click the link to register your daughter for Year 7 entry September 2021 - The link for Admissions Sept 2021 will go live on Monday, 18th May 2020.




Registration opens on Monday, 18th May 2020 and closes on Tuesday 30 June 2020 at 12 noon. Please note, if you do not register your daughter during the month of June she will not be able to sit the Grammar school entrance test in September 2020.


Open Events 2020 - For Current Year 5 

Open Morning & Evening - 8th October (Details to follow).


Key Dates for Entry in 2021 

Online Registration opens for September 2021

Open Monday 1 June and closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 30 June 2020

A link will be available during these dates only.

Entrance Test


Results emailed

Saturday 12 September 2020


On or before Monday 12 October 2020

Return your Common Application Form to your Local Authority 

By 31 October 2020

National Allocation Day

1  March 2021


Independent Appeals are normally heard during the months of May at a venue to be confirmed.

Parents are responsible for checking with the relevant Grammar Schools and the Local Authority that this information is still correct at the time of application.


2020 Entry (Current Year 6) 

The Entrance Test took place in September 2019.  The Local Authority will allocate 150 places on 2 March 2020. 

After 2 March, but by Monday 9 March 2020, you can request to go on the Denmark Road High School Waiting List via Gloucestershire County Council's (GCC's) online system

For candidates sharing their September test result with Denmark Road High School, late, a request to go on the waiting list must be sent to GCC.  In order to be added to the Denmark Road High School waiting list, your daughter must have met the qualifying standard.   

For candidates who live outside of Gloucestershire, in addition to liaising with your own local authority, it is advisable to email GCC directly with your waiting list request on

If this is your first application in Gloucestershire, please complete GCC's "late" Common Application Form, currently available on the GCC website by the deadline of 9 March 2020.

Candidates who missed the grammar school entrance test in September, have the opportunity to sit a 'post-allocation test' on Thursday 19 March 2020providing they have requested to go on the Denmark Road High School Waiting List with GCC by Monday 9 March 2020.  (This is not a second attempt at the entrance test and is only available to candidates who have made a waiting list request to GCC, who have not yet sat the Gloucestershire Grammar Entrance Test)

Please check your email account regularly on Friday 13 March, as this is the intended release date of the link to register your daughter for the post-allocation test that will be sent by email only.

If you would like any further clarification regarding the ongoing 2020 Entry admission process please contact the Admissions Officer on

Missed Registration for Year 7 September 2020? 

If you did not register your daughter in June 2019 to sit the Grammar test in September, please follow the instructions below:

October 2019:

You will need to complete and return your Common Application Form (CAF) in October to your Local Authority (GCC or other if you live outside Gloucestershire). You can include Grammar Schools on this CAF if you wish.  However, your daughter cannot be considered for a grammar place until she has a test result. You can use your 5 choices for other schools, and then ask to be considered for a grammar school place during Gloucestershire LA’s waiting list round once your daughter has her results.

Sunday 1 March 2020

The Local Authority will offer places on behalf of Denmark Road High School to the highest ranking girls until they reach our admission number of 150. There are likely to be more students who pass the test than can be offered a place.  Girls who meet the qualifying standard, but have not been successful in gaining a place, will have the opportunity to go on a waiting list and may be offered a place should one become available. You MUST coordinate with Gloucestershire County Council (date and time to be confirmed).  You are also entitled to appeal.

Monday 2 March 2020 - National Allocation Day:

Your daughter will be allocated a secondary school (not a grammar school) based on your preferences on the CAF. At this point, if you live in Gloucestershire, you should also receive details on how to be considered during the waiting list round.

After 2 March but before 9 March 2020:

You will need to contact the Gloucestershire County Council Admissions and complete the Waiting List CAF. This form will be available on the Gloucester Local Authority website.  Your daughter will not be able to sit the post-allocation entrance test if you do not do this.

Mid-March 2020:

As long as you have filled in the CAF your daughter will be offered an opportunity to sit the post-allocation entrance test.  She will be placed on the waiting list in rank order If she achieves a qualifying score and would be included in the waiting list process.  Gloucestershire Local Authority will notify you if your daughter is offered a place at her chosen grammar school.

After 30 March 2020:

This is the end of the post allocation process at which point final allocations are confirmed.  After this date, if any allocated places are declined, GCC go back to the waiting list and offer places in rank order, this is when your daughter may be offered a place.  

April 2020:

If you have not been allocated a place, then you have a legal right to appeal.  Appeals are usually heard in May/June.

Pupil Premium 

The information below was provided during the Registration process in June.

Section 8.  Pupil Premium and Service Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium

You must provide written evidence to your allocated Test Centre before your child sits the Entrance Test.

If you live outside of Gloucestershire you will need to request written evidence from your Home Local Authority and ask them to send the evidence to your allocated Test Centre.  The onus is on the Parent / Carer to ensure that the evidence is provided.

Service Pupil Premium

Please click on the link below for an explanation of Service Pupil Premium and who is eligible:

For Service Pupil Premium please contact the Admissions Officer of each school you have selected in Section 7.  They will advise you on the school’s over-subscription policy and any evidence you need to submit.  Each school has its own policy so it is essential that you check directly with each school.

The Grammar Schools are not responsible for collecting or requesting the evidence.

Non-Qualifying Standard 

Girls who did not achieve the qualifying rank are unable to be considered for a place at Denmark Road High School or to be placed on our waiting list. 

If you need any further information regarding Admissions to Denmark Road High School, please contact the Admissions Officer via email

If you need any further information regarding the allocation of school places, please contact the Admissions and Transfers Team



Advice on registering for Year 7 Appeal for September 2020


Important Dates:

  • Appeal Registration opens on 1st April 2020.  Registration forms are available to download from the school website.
  • Deadline to submit appeals: 3pm on Monday 27th April 2020.
  • Deadline for submitting an additional paperwork: midnight on Thursday 7th May 2020.
  • Dates of Appeal Hearings: Denmark Road High School Appeal hearings will take place on Monday 18th May, Thursday 21st May and Friday 22nd May ( final details to be confirmed 10 days before)
  • The hearings will be held at Gloucester Rugby Club, Kingsholm Road, Kingsholm, Gloucester, GL1 3AX.
  • Please note that the admissions test itself is designed, set, marked and administered externally by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), based at Durham University.  As such, Denmark Road High School hold very little information on individual test scores.  However, if your child has not achieved a qualifying standard and you require confirmation of your child’s ‘ranking’ in the results for Denmark Road High School we can provide this; please email your request to giving your child’s name and date of birth.  We would be grateful if you could avoid telephoning Admissions Office at this very busy time; we will endeavour to answer all email enquiries within 5 school days.
  • Before launching an appeal for your child to have a place at Denmark Road High School, we would urge you to consider whether you have grounds for appeal that go beyond suggesting that your child (like many others) would benefit from a Denmark Road High School education.  Our admissions criteria and, based upon experience, the independent Admissions Appeal Panel have not given weight in their reported deliberations to factors such as the nearness to school, travel arrangements, sibling links, the fact that a child would contribute a great deal to the school (academically, musically, in sporting or other arenas), family or child upset at not getting a place, negatives you perceive about the alternative school allocated.  Very few appeals are successful.  In the end, however, it must be your decision.  One of the main concerns at Appeal is whether the admissions process has been conducted in a reasonable way, in line with the admissions policy or whether there has been a significant flaw in procedure that would have changed the outcome of allocation of places.  They have sometimes also taken note of significant illness or other similar factor that would have caused under-performance on the day.
  • If you require an Appeals Pack please email but please note that school will be closed for the Easter holidays from 6th until 17th April inclusive.
  • Further details regarding the Appeals process itself to


Frequently Asked Questions 

How does my daughter 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 2021 entry, the test will be held on Saturday 12 September 2020.

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 2021 entry will be open from 1 June at 12 noon and closes 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 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?

A familiarisation booklet will be available from the website which gives 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 daughter reaches the qualifying standard how do I apply for a place at Denmark Road High School?

If your daughter 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.  

Transport Information 

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