Pate’s Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Cheltenham-based Pate’s Grammar School is a co-educational facility available to pupils aged 11-18. A Beacon School, Pate’s was founded in 1574 and became an academy in 2010. Recognised by Ofsted as ‘Beyond Outstanding’, Pate’s regularly appears towards the top of the UK’s best secondary school league tables.


Despite a challenging academic curriculum, Pate’s also recognises the importance of nurturing pupils’ more creative and sporting abilities. As such, the school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including music and drama.


There is plenty of musical talent at Pate’s; watch this short video from a recent concert featuring some of its music pupils:




11 Plus Exam Information for Pate’s Grammar School



Address: Pate’s Grammar School, Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham GL51 0HG

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions Info: office@patesgs.org, 01242 523169

School Type: Co-Educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 995 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: September / October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Gloucestershire)



Pate’s Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions



To be considered for one of the 150 Year 7 places at Pate’s Grammar School, prospective pupils must achieve the required standard in the 11 Plus exam. Pate’s school admissions are centrally-coordinated by Gloucestershire County Council and parents who wish their child to sit the 11+ test for the school must complete the Gloucestershire Grammar Test Registration Form via the school’s website, when registration is open


With an average of three applications for every place at Year 7 at Pate’s, in the event of oversubscription, the school will give priority to:


  • Looked after children or previously looked after children
  • Children entitled to Pupil Premium
  • Other ‘qualified’ children, in test rank order, until 150 places are filled


Pate’s website can offer you further information about the school’s admissions process if required.



How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Pate’s Grammar School



Pate’s Grammar School uses the same 11 Plus test from CEM (Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring) as the other six grammar schools in Gloucestershire. For your child to be considered for a Year 7 place at Pate’s, you must complete a Common Application Form (CAF) online via your Local Authority (LA) and a test registration form, available via the school’s website during the registration period.


For your child to be considered for a place at Pate’s, you must include the school as one of your ranked choices on the CAF if they have reached the Qualifying Standard in the 11+ exam, otherwise your child will not be considered for entry.


Parents will receive results from the 11 Plus as soon as possible after the exam and the LA will send out official place allocations in March of the following year.



Pate’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format



Pate’s Grammar School uses the CEM 11 Plus exam by University of Durham. This test consists of two multiple-choice papers that cover the following subjects:



Both tests are taken on the same day and each last 45-50 minutes.



How to Prepare for the Pate’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?



To allay any concerns your child has about sitting the 11+ exam for Pate’s, work together on building a thorough revision timetable in the lead-up to the test. This timetable is the first step in giving your child the best possible chance of gaining a place at Pate’s. Additional revision sessions around the usual homework can lead to unrest and boredom in some children, so you may wish to introduce fun revision games to encourage motivation.


Practice exam papers are an effective revision tool for the Pate’s Grammar School 11 Plus. These papers are an excellent way of improving your child’s time management skills, especially if taken under timed conditions. The more papers that are taken in this manner, the more your child will become familiar with the test layout and how quickly they will be required to answer questions in the exam.


Practice Papers for Pate’s Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Pate’s Grammar 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+ Pate’s 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+ Pate’s 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+ Pate’s 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 Pate’s 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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