Ribston Hall has specialised in educating girls in Gloucester for over 100 years. We enable our students 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.
For September 2023 admissions, please click here.
For In Year Admissions, please click here.
Information from GL Assessment regarding the entrance test:
Familiarisation materials are available on the GL Assessment website via this link.
Please note that since 11+ tests vary from one area to another, the free familiarisation materials are generic and may differ from your own test's exact specifications. These differences may include the length of papers, the types of questions covered, and/or the level of difficulty.
The below information is for September 2023 Admissions only.
Please refer to the following document for the next stages when you have missed the test registration deadline for Sept 2023 Entry
If you have missed registering your daughter, please email:
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 asked. It is also important for your daughter to understand the style of answer sheet that she will have during the examination.
|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
|Online Registration opens for September 2024
Open Monday 22nd May and closes at 12 noon on Friday 30th June 2023A link will be available during these dates only.
Saturday 16th September 2023
Middle of October
|Return your Common Application Form to your Local Authority
|By 31st October 2023
|National Allocation Day
|1st March 2024
|Appeals - Appeal Information will be available from March 1st 2024
|Appeals are normally heard during the months of May & June by Democratic Services
For enquiries regarding In-Year admissions, please contact Mrs L Iles or Mrs D Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org you will be sent In Year Admission forms to complete and be placed in a 'holding' file until a place becomes available. This is when your daughter will be invited in to take a Cognitive Ability Test.
For Sixth Form admissions, please click here.
2023 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 2023 entry, the test was held on Saturday 17th September 2022
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 www.ribstonhall.gloucs.sch.uk at the appropriate time. Registration for 2022 entry was open from 16th May at 12 noon and closed 30th June 2021 at 12 noon.
Once you have registered online 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?
Familiarisation booklet are available on our 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 in October (date and time to be confirmed). 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 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.
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. Our influence, whilst not insubstantial, has no power to control or alter the actions of the independent commercial enterprises.
Cheltenham, Churchdown, Gloucester, Bishops Cleeve, Shurdington, Brockworth, Hucclecote, Abbeymead and Longlevens.
John Dix Travel
Services from Cheltenham, Gloucester, Churchdown, Hardwicke/Quedgeley and Abbeydale
F R Willetts Limited
Service from the Forest of Dean
Pulham & Sons
Service from Winchcombe, Greet, Gretton, Gotherington, Bishops Cleeve, Woodmancote, Swindon Village, Gloucestershire College.
Service from Swindon / Cricklade / Cirencester