Denmark Road High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Denmark Road High School (formerly High School for Girls), Gloucester is a selective grammar school for girls aged 11-18. It accepts boys into the Sixth Form and, in total, the school teaches over 800 pupils. Denmark Road High School is an academy and, due to its excellent exam results, it is consistently ranked as one of the best schools in England.


Founded in 1883, Denmark Road High School divides its pupils into five houses: Barwell, Bearland, Hartland Kyneburga and Mynd. Throughout each year, the houses compete in various sporting activities in an effort to win the school cup.


11 Plus Exam Information for Denmark Road High School



Address: Denmark Road High School, Denmark Road, Gloucester GL1 3JN

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions Info:  01452 543335

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 849 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: April and June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Gloucestershire)


Denmark Road High School 11 Plus Admissions



For your child to be in with a chance of gaining one of the 150 Year 7 places at the school, she must reach the required standard in the 11 Plus exam. As per all the other grammar schools in Gloucestershire, Denmark Road Year 7 allocations are dealt with via Gloucestershire County Council. Parents who wish their daughter to sit the test must complete the Gloucestershire Grammar Test Registration Form, which can be found on the school’s website when registration is open.


In recent years, there has been three applications for every place, so in the event of oversubscription, the school will give priority to girls scoring highest in the 11 plus examination. Should there be a tie for places after this, the admissions’ authority will allocate places at random.


To find out more about Denmark Road’s admissions process, or to see key dates for the process, visit the school’s website.



How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Denmark Road High School



All seven grammar schools in the county of Gloucestershire adhere to the same testing process from CEM (Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring). In order for your daughter to be considered for a place at Denmark Road, you must complete a Common Application Form online via the Local Authority and a test registration form, available online via the school itself.


Late registrations will not be accepted, but if a child is unable to sit a test due to illness, an accident, or sudden bereavement, the school may make arrangements for them to sit a ‘Late Test’, although this is not guaranteed.


Parents will receive results in October and if your daughter meets the qualifying standard, you can apply for a place at Denmark Road High School.



Denmark Road High School 11 Plus Exam Format



Since 2013, Denmark Road High School has adopted the CEM 11 Plus exam, which consists of two papers covering:



Both tests last 45-50 minutes, are made up of multiple-choice questions and are taken on the same day.


Our guide to 11+ exam boards will give you more information about what to expect from the CEM test.



How to Prepare for the Denmark Road High School 11 Plus Exam?



Denmark Road High School is one of the top selective schools in the UK and competition for Year 7 entry is strong. With only 150 places available, your daughter should prepare for the 11+ exam well ahead of exam day. We know it can be difficult to motivate your child to study regularly for upcoming exams, so keep it fun. Suggest interesting books to read that will improve their comprehension, or adapt some of these revision games to suit their preferred learning style. Soon enough, your child will consider 11 Plus revision as part of a normal day.


Have you considered practice exam papers? They can provide effective revision practice and help familiarise your daughter with the layout of the exam.


Practice Papers for the Denmark Road High School 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Denmark Road High School eleven plus exam:


Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section


11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 20 questions. It focuses on time-pressured problem solving with question styles that are known to have been previously used by CEM.


11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 5 sections, with 5 questions in each section. It focuses on a specific type of question that comes up in CEM exams. These questions are based on some form of chart or diagram that the student must use to work out the answers. The answers must be recorded on a separate sheet in a specific manner. This pack includes separate answer sheets so students can get used to recording their responses in this way, just like they will need to do in the 11+ Denmark Road High School exam.


11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 20 tests, each with 10 questions. It focuses on a different CEM question type in which there are multiple possible answer choices provided and the student must pick the correct one for each question. Separate answer sheets are provided so students can get used to recording their responses in this manner.


11+ Mental Arithmetic

This pack contains 15 tests, each with 15 questions. It focuses on fundamental arithmetic skills, developing a strong basis that allows students to work through maths questions efficiently and with confidence.


Verbal Reasoning Section


Verbal Reasoning, as defined by CEM, is quite different to how it may be traditionally understood. It includes a number of question types that focus on vocabulary and comprehension as well as some more unusual formats. Each of the packs below focuses on a different skill that is assessed in the Verbal Reasoning section of the CEM 11+ Denmark Road High School exam.


11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains plenty of practice for various question types that crop up frequently in CEM exams. These include questions  that assess a student’s grasp of synonyms and antonyms as well as other formats such as shuffled sentences and contextual cloze.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

These packs contains plenty of vocabulary practice, specifically designed to match the style used in CEM exams in the ‘Word Choice’ section. There are 24 practice tests in each pack, each with 29 questions. We recommend beginning with Pack 1. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM) Pack 1

This pack focuses on a specific CEM Verbal Reasoning question type that comes up frequently. It’s relatively unusual and, in our experience, students can find it difficult to get to grips with. There are 20 tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.


11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Denmark Road High School exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.


11+ Cloze (CEM)

This pack focuses on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. The pack covers three different variations, with 21 tests in total.


11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Denmark Road High School test, focus heavily on assessing a child’s vocabulary. These packs each introduce 200 words within context, helping students to improve both their vocabulary and spelling. This will prove useful for the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging than Pack 1.


Non-Verbal Reasoning Section


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

This pack covers a number of the question types that are used in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exams such as Matrices, Box Sequences and Exceptions. There are some extension question types as well. Whilst these are not known to be utilised in CEM exams, they will help develop your child’s Non-Verbal reasoning ability, which will stand them in good stead for the exam.


Full Practice Tests


11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

These packs each contain two test papers covering all three topics: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning. Using the official familiarisation material and our deep knowledge of CEM question styles and formats, we’ve created accurate and up to date CEM practice papers that pay attention to all elements including question types, timings, structure, format, question wordings, fonts and design. Answers and Answer Sheets are included so your child can get used to marking their answers as they will need to do in the actual exam.


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The information provided about Denmark Road High School for Girls was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.




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