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Year 7 Admissions

 

Late Test Announcement

Live link for Late Registration

The Late Test is not a second attempt at the Entrance Test if your daughter has already sat the test in October 2020 you are not eligible to register.

 

Grammar School Entrance Test 2021 Entry – Results

Results will be emailed to parents on Tuesday 1st December.  You will receive an email from the school where your child sat the test, and from each school you requested results to be shared with.

Emails will be sent from 2.00pm onwards.  With so many emails being sent, there may be a delay, therefore we request that parents allow until the end of the day to receive the email.    Please check junk/spam folders.

Please see the following document for more information about what happens next:  download.asp (denmarkroad.org)

We would request that parents do not telephone the school for more information regarding results/rankings – please email admissions@denmarkroad.org  The admissions department will respond to your email as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions regarding your child’s CAF/Preference Form, please contact the Local Authority Admissions Team  school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

Admissions for Entry - September 2021 

Change of Test Date:  Gloucestershire Grammar Schools’ statement on the entrance test for September 2021 entry

On Friday 24th of July, the Department for Education issued guidance strongly recommending that all grammar school entrance tests are moved back to mid-October or early November, allowing more time for all children, including disadvantaged children, to settle back into their primary school studies before sitting the Entrance Test.  Collectively, we have considered this guidance and reflected on the impact of the recent lockdown on the continuity of learning for Year 5 pupils.  We have now decided to follow this guidance and now plan to hold the Gloucestershire Entrance Test on Saturday 17th October, rather than on Saturday 12th of September as had been previously advertised.  

Because of this later test date, parents/carers will not receive the outcome of the Entrance Test by the deadline for the submission of Gloucestershire County Council’s (GCC) Common Application Form (CAF), which is the 31st of October.  This will mean that parents/carers will have to submit their five secondary school choices to GCC without knowing whether their child has met the qualifying standard for the various grammar schools. However, GCC does allow for FIVE choices of secondary school on their CAF (2 more than some local authorities) meaning that parents/carers should feel confident about placing one or more grammar schools onto their child’s CAF, even though they will not know the outcome of the Entrance Test.  Parents/carers will also be able use any additional choices on their CAF for other secondary schools. 

Please remember that the admission process is operated on equal preference. If you place one or more grammar schools at the top of your choices and your child is unsuccessful in gaining a place, then your next preference is treated as if it was your first choice. This means you cannot be disadvantaged by placing grammar schools at the top of your choices even if you later find out that your child did not reach the qualifying standard.

We wish to reassure parents/carers that the schools are working hard to ensure that our seven sites, which will host the Entrance Test, will be safe environments for your child on the test day.  To this end, we have produced a general set of protocols for the test day, which will be observed at all seven schools and are placed at the end of this letter.  To allow for social distancing, each school will hold more than one sitting on Saturday 17th of October.  

Each school will also have their own individual circumstances to plan for and each test centre will send their own site - specific arrangements, along with their test day details, at least two weeks before the test. If you have not received these details by Friday 25th of September, please contact your child’s allocated Test Centre after this date.

You may find it helpful to know that CEM have officially released some additional practice material for this year, which can be found on the school websites below:

Denmark Road High School  : https://www.denmarkroad.org

Marling School : https://www.marling.school

Pate’s Grammar School https://www.patesgs.org/

Ribston Hall High School https://www.ribstonhall.gloucs.sch.uk/

Sir Thomas Rich’s School https://strschool.co.uk/

Stroud High School https://www.stroudhigh.gloucs.sch.uk/

The Crypt School https://www.cryptschool.org/

Please find the following timelines if you have missed the test registration deadline.  Please note some of these timelines are subject to change following the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent changes to Test Days:

 

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

Saturday 17 October 2020

Return your Common Application Form to your Local Authority 

By 31 October 2020

National Allocation Day

1  March 2021

Appeals

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.

2021 Entry (Current Year 6) 

The Entrance Test took place in October 2020.  The Local Authority will allocate 150 places on 1 March 2021. 

After 1 March, but by Monday 8 March 2021, 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 October 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 school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Candidates who missed the Grammar School Entrance test in October, have the opportunity to sit a Late Entrance Test on Saturday 6 February 2021 – The registration link will go live at noon Tuesday 12 January 2021 and closes at noon Friday 15 January 2021 (no registration after the closing time and date will be accepted)

9.00 am Monday 1st March, results from the Late Entrance Test will be sent to parents.

If you decide to register for the Late Entrance Test please check your emails regularly with the email address you have registered with. Please also check your spam/junk box.

Please note you will not receive a place at any Gloucestershire Grammar School on 1st March following a Late Entrance Test.

If your child does meet the Qualifying Standard, they will be eligible to request to be put on Grammar School waiting lists, providing you reply to GCC by Monday 8 March 2021.  You must complete the Waiting List Common Application Form for the Grammar schools you are considering.  The form will be available on the Gloucestershire Local Authority Website.

Children who have not met the qualifying standard (i.e. have not passed the test) are unable to join the waiting list.

GCC strongly advise you accept the school place you have been offered, even if you go on another school’s waiting list, to ensure your child has a school place in September 2021

If you would like any further clarification regarding the ongoing 2021 Entry admission process please contact the Admissions Officer on admissions@denmarkroad.org

Missed Registration for Year 7 September 2021? 

 

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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-service-pupil-premium/service-pupil-premium-what-you-need-to-know

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 admissions@denmarkroad.org

If you need any further information regarding the allocation of school places, please contact the Admissions and Transfers Team  school.admissions@gloucestershire.gov.uk

 

Appeals 

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 admissions@denmarkroad.org 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 admissions@denmarkroad.org 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 patothehead@denmarkroad.org

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 now be held on the later date of Saturday 17 October 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.  

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