Stroud High School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded in 1904, Gloucestershire-based Stroud High School (SHS) is a girls-only grammar school, catering for pupils aged 11-18. In July 2011, the school became an academy and, since then, its buildings have undergone a large programme of modernisation.


Almost 900 girls are split across five houses at SHS: Arundale, Capel, Griffin, Kimmin and Stanley. These houses are named after mills in the Stroud valleys. The school offers its pupils a range of extracurricular clubs and societies, catering for interests in music, academia and sport.


11 Plus Exam Information for Stroud High School


Address: Stroud High School, Beards Lane, Cainscross Road, Stroud GL5 4HF

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions Info: admin@stroudhigh.gloucs.sch.uk, 01453 764441

School Type: Girls’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 871 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: April, June and October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (Gloucestershire)


Stroud High School 11 Plus Admissions


Admission to Stroud High School in Year 7 is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. There are currently 150 places allocated to Year 7 students. The school encourages prospective students and their parents to attend one of their open events, which take place at key times in the academic year. More information about the admissions process is provided on the night and students will have the opportunity to meet with staff.


Once pupils have taken the entrance exam, an application needs to be made through the local authority’s application system. In most cases, applications can be made online through the local authority’s website.


SHS has an average of three applications for every place at Year 7, so in the event of oversubscription, the school will give priority to:


  1. Children in Public Care
  2. Students from families entitled to Pupil Premium
  3. Rank order from the admissions test


To find out more about SHS’s admissions process, please visit the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Stroud High School


Stroud High School’s Year 7 admissions are coordinated by Gloucestershire County Council. Parents who wish their daughter to sit the eleven plus test must complete the Gloucestershire Grammar Test Registration Form, which can be found on the school’s website when registration is open.


In order to be considered for a place at Stroud High School, parents or guardians must complete the Local Authority (LA) Common Application Form (CAF), which should be submitted to the LA by the published closing date. You can get full details of this process online or call the LA on 01452 425000.


Parents will receive results of the 11+ test in October and if students meet the qualifying standard, they can apply for a Year 7 place at SHS.


Stroud High School 11 Plus Exam Format


Stroud High School uses the CEM 11 Plus exam created by University of Durham. This test consists of two multiple-choice papers that cover the following subjects:



Each test takes around an hour to complete, which includes instructions and some worked examples at the beginning. The tests themselves are around 45 to 50 minutes. Both tests are taken on the same day and there is a 20-minute break between the papers.


How to Prepare for the Stroud High School 11 Plus Exam?


Stroud High School is a popular grammar school in Gloucestershire, so it’s of little surprise that in Year 7, children should prepare for the 11 Plus exam well ahead of exam day.


Practice exam papers are an effective tool for preparation for the Stroud High School 11 Plus. The earlier students start with these practice papers, the sooner they will be aware of any subject areas that need additional work. The papers not only familiarise students with the layout of the 11+ exam, but also help them to improve their time management skills.


Practice Papers for the Stroud High Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Stroud High 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+ Stroud High 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+ Stroud High 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+ Stroud High 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 Stroud High 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 Stroud 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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