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Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

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Introduction

 

Since its inception, the Gloucestershire Grammar School Consortium has played a vital role in the selective education system for pupils in Gloucestershire, ensuring a fair and standardised admissions process based on academic ability.

 

The Gloucestershire Grammar School Consortium uses a common entrance test across all member schools. In this way, it ensures fairness in the admissions process, as students are only required to take the test once, even if they are applying to multiple schools within the consortium.

 

The primary objective of the Gloucestershire Consortium is to streamline admissions and maintain consistency in the selection process among its grammar schools. By sharing resources, expertise and administrative efforts, the consortium strives to provide equal educational opportunities to students from diverse backgrounds.

 

Complete List of Grammar Schools in Gloucestershire

 

There are currently seven grammar schools in the Gloucestershire Grammar School Consortium:

 

Marling School

The Crypt School

Stroud High School

Pate’s Grammar School

Ribston Hall High School

Sir Thomas Rich’s School

Denmark Road High School

 

⬇️ Read on to learn more about their exam and admissions process!

 

11 Plus (11+) Exam Information for the Gloucestershire Grammar School Consortium

 

The results of the Gloucestershire Consortium entrance exam serve as a shared criterion for admission decisions at the grammar schools in the consortium. Students who excel in the exam have the opportunity to be considered for admission to multiple schools within the consortium, enhancing their prospects of securing a place at a grammar school. Here are a few important details about the Gloucestershire 11+ exam:

 

Registration closing date: June

Common Application Form (CAF) closing date: October

Exam date: September 16th 2023

Exam board type: GL Assessment

Pass mark: Aim for 75%+ in our practice tests. See below for more details.

Results date: October

Allocations date: March

Admissions info: Gloucestershire County Council, 01452 425000

 

Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Admissions

 

All Year 7 places across the grammar schools in Gloucestershire are determined by pupil performance in the 11+ exam. Each school hosts various open events throughout the academic year, which are open to both parents and prospective pupils. 

 

During Open Days/Evenings, you and your child will have the opportunity to tour the school’s facilities and speak to members of staff, who will be happy to provide additional information about the admissions process and overall provision. 

 

All admissions to Gloucestershire grammar schools in Year 7 are coordinated by Gloucestershire County Council. In order for your child to be considered for a grammar school place, you must register them well ahead of their 11+ exam date.

 

How to Register for the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

To apply for a Year 7 place at a Gloucestershire grammar school on behalf of your child, you should register them with the Local Authority, Gloucestershire County Council, by the deadline in June of the year preceding entry. Next, you will be asked to complete a Common Application Form (CAF) before October, which can also be done online via the Council’s website.

 

Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam Format

 

All grammar schools in the region use the same 11+ exam from GL Assessment. The test consists of two multiple-choice papers covering:

 

  • English Comprehension, Vocabulary and Verbal Reasoning
  • Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning (including Spatial Reasoning)

 

Each session takes around an hour to complete, which includes reading the instructions and completing some worked examples at the beginning. Results will be communicated in October, with notification of final Year 7 place allocations published in March.

 

Gloucestershire 11 Plus (11+) Exam Pass Marks and Target Scores

 

Gloucestershire grammar schools formally assess pupils for entry via the 11 plus exam in the GL format. The qualifying standardised score ranges from year to year. If there are more pupils with qualifying scores than there are places available, pupils’ results will be valued in descending order and places will be allocated accordingly. 

 

Pupils who are able to score 75%+ consistently in our 11+ GL-style practice tests should be on track to pass the 11+ test, except for Pate’s Grammar, for which we advise a score of 85%+. Whilst there are no guarantees, this is a fairly strong indicator that your child should do well in the Gloucestershire 11+ exam.

 

Passing the test does not guarantee that your child will be offered a place. It simply means they have surpassed the required threshold. As such, it makes sense to aim for as high a score as possible.

 

Don’t worry if your child is not scoring well in our practice papers from the outset. With targeted practice and focus, it’s possible to make big improvements in a short amount of time!

 

Practice Papers for the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 Plus (11+) Exam

 

The resources below are in the GL Assessment format used by Gloucestershire Grammar Schools. They will therefore prove very useful for children currently preparing for the Gloucestershire eleven plus exam:

 

Gloucestershire: Full Practice Tests

 

The following practice tests are specifically designed to help your child prepare for the 11 Plus Gloucestershire Test. They provide excellent mock exam preparation, highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses:

 

11+ Gloucestershire Practice Test 1

11+ Gloucestershire Practice Test 2

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11+ Gloucestershire Practice Test 4

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Gloucestershire: Subject Specific Practice

 

English Comprehension & Vocabulary

The following 11+ resources will provide your child with effective practice in the lead-up to the Gloucestershire English exam, thoroughly familiarising them with its requirements:

 

Full Practice Tests

11+ English – Pack 1

11+ English – Pack 2

11+ English – Pack 3

11+ English – Pack 4

11+ English – Pack 5

Skill Specific Practice

11+ Spelling – Pack 3

11+ Punctuation

11+ Sentence Completion

11+ Comprehension – Pack 1

11+ Comprehension – Pack 2

11+ Inference Skills – Pack 1

11+ Inference Skills – Pack 2

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11+ English (GL) Masterclass

 

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Verbal Reasoning

In order for your child to master Verbal Reasoning skills in the lead-up to the Gloucestershire Test, we recommend the following resources:

 

Full Practice Tests

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 2

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 3

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Pack 4

Skill Specific Practice

11+ Anagrams

11+ Analogies

11+ Codes

11+ Compound Words

11+ Embedded Words

11+ Form a Word

11+ Insert a Letter

11+ Letter Analogies

11+ Letter Calculations

11+ Letter Codes

11+ Letter Sequences

11+ Move a Letter

11+ Number Analogies

11+ Number Calculations

11+ Number Sequences

11+ Related Words

11+ Rhyming Synonyms

11+ Shuffled Sentences

11+ Synonyms

11+ Word Completion

11+ Word Match

11+ Word Opposites

11+ Word Pairs

11+ Word Puzzles

11+ Word Relationships

Masterclasses

11+ Verbal Reasoning Masterclass

 

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Mathematics

The following 11+ resources extensively cover the Mathematics section of the Gloucestershire Test, allowing your child to thoroughly prepare for exam day:

 

Full Practice Tests

11+ Maths – Pack 1

11+ Maths – Pack 2

11+ Maths – Pack 3

11+ Maths – Pack 4

Skill Specific Practice

11+ Algebra

11+ Angles & Degrees

11+ BODMAS

11+ Estimation & Place Value

11+ Factors & Multiples

11+ Fractions, Decimals & Percentages

11+ Measurements

11+ Money

11+ Operations

11+ Perimeter, Area & Volume

11+ Position & Direction

11+ Probability

11+ Problem Solving – Pack 1

11+ Problem Solving – Pack 2

11+ Properties of Shapes

11+ Ratio & Proportion

11+ Reflection, Rotation & Symmetry

11+ Sequences

11+ Special Numbers

11+ Speed, Distance & Time

11+ Statistics

Masterclasses

11+ Maths (GL) Masterclass

 

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Non-Verbal & Spatial Reasoning

The following Non-Verbal (NVR) and Spatial Reasoning (SR) resources will provide your child with focused preparation for the Gloucestershire 11+ exam:

 

NVR Full Practice Tests

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 1

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 2

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 3

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning – Pack 4

NVR Skill Specific Practice

11+ Analogies

11+ Classes Like

11+ Classes Unlike

11+ Extended Series

11+ Figure Classification

11+ Figure Matrices

11+ Horizontal Codes

11+ Series

11+ Triangle Matrices

11+ Triangle Series

11+ Star Matrices

11+ Vertical Codes

NVR Masterclasses

11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning Masterclass

SR Full Practice Test

11+ Spatial Reasoning – Pack 1

SR Skill Specific Practice

11+ Block Counting

11+ Combining Shapes

11+ Fold & Punch

11+ Folding Cubes

11+ Hidden Shapes

11+ Shape Completion

11+ Spinning Shapes

11+ Rotation

 

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Gloucestershire Grammar Schools: Results & Leavers’ Destinations 

 

Gloucestershire Grammar Schools – Progress 8 Scores

Progress 8 is a metric used to evaluate the advancement of students from (the end of) Key Stage 2 in primary school to (the end of) Key Stage 4 in secondary school. It gauges the contribution that schools make to their students’ education by assessing their academic progress.

 

The Progress 8 score is calculated by comparing students’ actual achievements in eight core subjects (including English, mathematics, sciences, humanities and languages) with their expected achievements, which are based on their prior performance at the end of primary school. The score reflects the average progress students make across these subjects.

 

📊 Please refer to the chart below for details on Progress 8 scores at grammar schools in Gloucestershire:

Progress 8 Scores in Gloucestershire

Source: Gov.uk

A positive Progress 8 score indicates that students, on average, have made more progress than expected, while a negative score suggests that they have made less progress than expected. A score of zero means that students have progressed as expected.

 

Gloucestershire Grammar Schools – Leavers’ Destinations

Leavers’ destinations here refer to the next steps that students take after completing their studies at Gloucestershire grammar schools. 

 

Russell Group universities are highly sought-after educational institutions across the country, recognised for their exceptional performance across various benchmark indicators. These universities consistently excel in research output, boasting world-leading scholars and cutting-edge discoveries. Their academic reputation is stellar, attracting talented students from around the globe.

 

The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge are members of the distinguished Russell Group. They are two of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, with a long history of academic excellence supported by rigorous academic programmes and distinguished faculty.

 

📊 The chart below shows the recent leavers’ destinations for grammar schools in Gloucestershire:

best performing grammar schools in Gloucestershire

Source: Gov.uk

 

Frequently Asked Questions About The 11 Plus (11+) Gloucestershire Grammar School Consortium 

 

Does Gloucestershire have grammar schools?

 

Yes, Gloucestershire has seven selective grammar schools. Click here to access the articles we have for each of these schools, addressing their history and ethos, as well as all the details about their 11+ entry procedure.

 

When should students register for the Gloucestershire 11+ exam?

 

The registration deadline for the 11+ exam in Gloucestershire is in June of the year preceding entry. The closing date for submitting Common Application Forms is in October.

 

What’s the date of the Gloucestershire 11+ exam?

 

Grammar schools in the Gloucestershire Consortium hold their 11+ exam in September.

 

What are the format and timings of the 11+ exam in Gloucestershire?

 

The test consists of two multiple-choice papers covering:

 

– English Comprehension, Vocabulary and Verbal Reasoning

– Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning (including Spatial Reasoning).

 

Each session takes around an hour to complete.

 

What is the pass mark at grammar schools in Gloucestershire?

 

The qualifying standardised score ranges from year to year. If there are more pupils with qualifying scores than there are places available, pupils’ results will be valued in descending order and places will be allocated accordingly. Pupils who are able to score 75%+ consistently in our 11+ GL-style practice tests should be on track to pass the Gloucestershire 11+ test.

 

Who is the 11+ exam provider for Gloucestershire?

 

Grammar schools in Gloucestershire use GL Assessment as their exam provider.

 

 

The information provided about the Gloucestershire Grammar School Consortium was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the schools directly if you are unsure of anything. Contact details are provided within individual school posts.

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