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Your daughter will transfer to Secondary Education in September 2019, whilst this seems a long way away, if you would like your daughter to be considered for a place at Ribston Hall High School, a girls’ Grammar School in Gloucester, you must register for the Entrance Test by 12 noon on Saturday 30th June 2018.

Please click the link to register your daughter for Year 7 entry September 2019 


Regsitration opens on Friday 1st June 2018 and closes on Saturday 30th June 2018 at 12 noon. Please note, if you do not register your daughter during the month of June she will not be able to sit the Grammar test in September 2018.

Ribston Hall has specialised in educating girls in Gloucester for over 95 years. We have lots of experience and enable our girls to grow academically and socially within our supportive environment. We equip them with the skills and values to take their place in society and everyone comments on the ‘family feel’ at Ribston.


Open Days 

We would be pleased to welcome you to Ribston Hall High School for our Open Day: 

Thursday 25th

April 2019


Tuesday 18th

June 2019

Open Morning  - Times to be confirmed

No appointments necessary


Open Morning - Times to be confirmed

No appointments necessary

Introductory Talks will be given by our Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Colombini, times to be confirmed, followed by a tour of the school.

At the beginning of December 2013, the seven Gloucestershire Grammar Schools made a joint decision to start using Durham University (CEM) for the admissions test.  CEM are one of the largest independent providers of educational assessment and monitoring systems in the world.  They have been developing selection assessments since 1999, and provide tests for a number of grammar schools in other counties.

CEM do not produce commercially available practice materials and they advise that the best preparation for their tests is to read books and use mathematics on a regular basis.  However, familiarisation material is available below to enable parents to give guidance on the style of questions.

Key Dates for Entry 2019 


Online Registration opens for September 2019 Open Friday 1st June and closes at 12 noon on Saturday 30th June 2018
Entrance Test Saturday 15th September 2018
Return your Common Application Form to your Local Authority  By 31st October 2018
National Allocation Day 1st March 2019
Appeals - Appeal Information packs will be available after 1st April 2019 Date to be advised after the ‘Reconsideration’ deadline from your Local Authority

Parents are responsible for checking with the relevant grammar schools and the Local Authority that this information is still correct at the time of application

Frequently Asked Questions  

2019 Admissions (Frequently asked questions)

How does my daughter gain admission to Ribston Hall High School?

Ribston Hall High School is a selective school. To gain a place your child must first sit and achieve the required standard in the Grammar School entrance test. For 2019 entry, the test will be held on Saturday 15th September 2018.

How do I apply to sit the grammar school entrance test?

You must complete the Grammar School Registration to enable your child to sit the entrance test. Information on this will be found on the Ribston Hall High School website at the appropriate time. Registration for 2019 entry will be open from 1st June at 12 noon and closes 30th June at 12 noon. Once you have registered on line you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this confirmation email within a few hours of registering you must contact the school. At the beginning of the school term in September you will receive a letter detailing timings of the day and what your daughter should bring.

What is the format of the test?

The test consists of multiple choice style questions on verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning), numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. There are two papers each lasting 50 to 55 minutes with additional time for instructions and some worked examples. There will be a break between the papers.

Why has the test been changed?

The seven Gloucestershire Grammar Schools are concerned by the amount of tutoring that currently takes place. CEM are one of the largest independent providers of educational assessment and monitoring systems in the world. They have been developing selection assessments since 1999, and provide tests for a number of grammar schools in other counties. CEM design their tests to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation.

Is it possible to obtain some practice papers/sample questions beforehand?

A familiarisation booklet will be available from the website which gives examples of the sorts of questions used in the test. CEM does not produce commercially available practice materials. Please be aware that materials sold on the internet or provided by tutors, other than CEM familiarisation and practice materials, are not genuine CEM samples.

How should my daughter prepare for the test?

Beyond the familiarisation material, the best preparation for the tests is to read books and use mathematics on a regular basis.

When will I get the results?

The results will be sent via email on Friday 12th October after 3.30pm. The length of time between the test and the result is longer than in previous years but the results are published in good time for you to be able to complete the Local Authority’s Common Application Form.

If my daughter reaches the qualifying standard how do I apply for a place at Ribston Hall High School?

If your daughter meets the qualifying standard you will be informed and can apply for a place at Ribston Hall High School by completing the Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) for allocation of school places. The deadline for this is usually 31st October.

Does the school have a catchment area?

Ribston Hall High School does not have a catchment area.

This information is based on the most up-to-date information available to us at the time and may be subject to change.  

School Transport 

To assist parents in making decisions about transport for their daughters to and from Ribston Hall High School, please find a list of bus companies below who currently provide transport for our students.  Transport providers are generally very helpful in discussing setting up new or altered routes where there is a need.  Ribston Hall is also willing to facilitate lift-share arrangements between parents.

Bennetts Coaches
01452 527809

Cheltenham, Churchdown, Gloucester, Bishops Cleeve, Shurdington, Brockworth, Hucclecote, Abbeymead and Longlevens.

John Dix Travel
01452 886633

Services from Cheltenham, Gloucester, Churchdown, Hardwicke/Quedgeley and Abbeydale

F R Willetts Limited
01594 810080

Services from the Forest of Dean

Marchants Coaches
01242 257585

Service from Winchcombe, Greet, Gretton, Gotherington, Bishops Cleeve, Woodmancote, Swindon Village, Gloucestershire College.

Denwell Mini Coaches Ltd 

01452 863377

Service from Swindon / Cricklade / Cirencester


Have withdrawn all school services.

In-Year Admissions (Years 7-11)

For enquiries regarding In-Year admissions, please contact Mrs D Murphy

For Sixth Form admissions, please click here.