Ribston Hall High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Ribston Hall High School is a selective girls’ grammar situated in the city of Gloucester. Founded in 1921, it achieved academy status in 2011 and currently teaches approximately 850 girls aged 11-18.


Ribston Hall was given specialist school status in humanities and also became Gloucester’s only sports specialist school with languages. Thanks to funding in recent years, the school has been able to extend its sixth form facilities and in 2017 was deemed the most ‘oversubscribed grammar school in Gloucestershire’.


11 Plus Exam Information for Ribston Hall High School


Address: Ribston Hall High School, Ribston Hall High School, Stroud Road, Gloucester GL1 5LE

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions Info: rhhs@ribstonhall.gloucs.sch.uk, 01452 382249

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 850 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 120

Open Day Date: April and October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM 11 Plus (Gloucestershire)


Ribston Hall High School 11 Plus Admissions


For your daughter to be in with a chance of gaining one of the 120 Year 7 places available at the school, she must reach the required standard in the 11 Plus exam. Like all the other grammar schools in Gloucestershire, Ribston Hall’s Year 7 allocations are dealt with via Gloucestershire County Council.


Ribston Hall is usually oversubscribed in Year 7. In such cases, the school will apply the following oversubscription criteria, in this priority order:


  1. Looked after, or previously looked after, girls
  2. Girls who ranked highest in the qualifying standard
  3. Girls who qualify for Pupil Premium who have met the qualifying standard
  4. The geographical proximity to the school measured in a straight line from the centre of the student’s main residence


To find out more about Ribston Hall High School’s admissions process in Year 7, visit the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Ribston Hall High School


Ribston Hall High School adheres to the same testing process for 11+ as the other grammar schools in Gloucestershire. The test is created by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM). In order for your daughter to be considered for a place, you need to complete a Common Application Form online via the Local Authority website and a test registration form, which will be available on the school’s website during the registration period.


Late registrations will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.


The Local Authority will send test results to parents and guardians in October. If your daughter meets the qualifying standard, you can apply for a place at Ribston Hall. Parents will receive information about Year 7 place allocations in March of the following year.


Ribston Hall High School 11 Plus Exam Format


Ribston Hall High School uses the CEM 11 Plus exam by the University of Durham. The test consists of two papers covering:


  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Numerical Reasoning (Maths)

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


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


How to Prepare for the Ribston Hall High School 11 Plus Exam?


Ribston Hall High School is one of the most popular selective schools in Gloucestershire, so parents should expect competition for Year 7 places. With 120 places available, your daughter should prepare for the 11+ exam well ahead of exam day. The best way to help her with her exam preparation is to work together to devise a thorough revision timetable.


Practice exam papers are an effective revision practice for the Ribston Hall High School 11 Plus. The earlier you start with these practice papers, the sooner you will be aware of any weaker subject areas. The papers will not only familiarise your daughter with the layout of the exam but will help to improve her time management skills.


Practice Papers for the Ribston Hall 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Ribston Halll 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+ Ribston Hall 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+ Ribston Hall 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+ Ribston Hall 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 Ribston Hall 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 Ribston Hall High School 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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