What You Need To Know About The Eleven Plus Exam In Gloucestershire
For children looking to take the eleven plus exam in Gloucestershire, there are 7 schools that offer the program. All of the schools that offer the eleven plus use the same exam format, the Durham CEM.
The Durham CEM looks to test on Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Numerical Reasoning skills within the examination, with particular focus on an individual’s English and Maths skills throughout.
The grammar schools located in Gloucestershire are:
- The Crypt School
- Stroud High School
- Sir Thomas Rich’s High School
- Ribston Hall High School
- Pate’s Grammar School
- Marling School
- High School For Girls
Applying To Take The Eleven Plus Exam In Gloucestershire
Parents who want to enrol their children in one of the schools that offer eleven plus must fill out the Common Application Form, along with the test registration form that is available from each school with the program. The Common Application Form sits with Gloucestershire County Council.
A detailed information booklet from Gloucestershire County Council can be found here.
Please be aware – If, as a parent, you do not fill out the Local Authority Form, your child will not be given a grammar school place in Gloucestershire. This is true even if your child achieves a score that would qualify them for a place. So be sure to complete both forms.
Each year the date for applications for all schools is at the end of June, beginning of July, in Year 5, so you should have the paperwork completed and handed in before this date.
Sitting The Eleven Plus Exam In Gloucestershire
Since there are seven schools that have eleven plus exams in Gloucestershire, there is the possibility that the testing will not take place at the grammar school that the child is applying for. If there is a school that a parent wants their child to go to, they should note this on the application forms.
In most cases, children will be tested at one of their local grammar schools, and not at other locations in the United Kingdom. If you want to have your child tested at a specific grammar school, you apply to that school. The decision about if the child can test at that school is made by the school. One of the schools that allow parents to make a special application is Pate’s Grammar School.
Pate’s Grammar School is one of the only schools within Gloucestershire that allows applicants from outside of the United Kingdom to apply to take the eleven plus exam. This is only done under specific circumstances. Parents would apply in the standard way, which means applying at the school and the LA, and then contact the school to discuss their child’s arrangements.
If your child is in Year 5 of school and is learning curriculum from Year 6, they are able to take the eleven plus exam at Stroud High School. The child also needs to have a letter of support from their primary school. If they can score within the top 50 percent, they will be accepted into the program. If their score is in below the 50 percent, the score can be carried to the next year, for consideration.
Stroud High School also allows students who are not successful on their Year 7 entry test, to take the test again the following year. This testing for entry to a local grammar school can be done in Year 8, 9 or 10, depending on the child and the parents’ preference.
So What Next
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