Year 7 Admissions
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 of 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:
Test Day ID Form - COVID-19 Declaration
Please be advised that a new Test Day ID form is available to download at the bottom of this page. Please use this version for test day. Please dispose of any other Test Day ID forms you may have.
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.
Events 2020 - For Current Year 3-5 Students
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.
Saturday 17 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2020 - providing 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 email@example.com
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:
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.
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.
If you have not been allocated a place, then you have a legal right to appeal. Appeals are usually heard in May/June.
The information below was provided during the Registration process in June.
Section 8. Pupil Premium and Service 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need any further information regarding the allocation of school places, please contact the Admissions and Transfers Team email@example.com
Advice on registering for Year 7 Appeal for September 2020
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.