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The Gloucestershire Grammar Schools have issued a new statement regarding a change in date to the entrance test for September 2021 entry. after revised governmental guidance to Saturday the 17th of October 2020.  This is in light of school closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Gloucestershire Grammar Schools' Statement - New Test Date Information

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Admissions for entry September 2021

The Gloucestershire Grammar School Entrance Test registration process is now open and will closed on the 30th June. The seven Gloucestershire Grammar Schools are planning to hold the Entrance Test as planned on Saturday the 12th of September. Each school will ensure that all guidance on social distancing and hygiene are fully implemented at each testing site. If the date of the Entrance Test has to be changed in light of revised Governmental guidance, then all parents/careers who have registered their child to sit the Entrance Test, will be notified of that change in advance of the 12th of September.

Your daughter will transfer to Secondary Education in September 2021, 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 Tuesday 30th June 2020. Please note, if you do not register your daughter during the month of June she will not be able to sit the Grammar school entrance test in September 2020.

The registration has now CLOSED.  

Please refer to the following document for the next stages when you have missed the 30th June test registration deadline.

If you have missed registering your daughter please email:

Information will be sent to you regarding the ‘Late Test’

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.

CEM Information 

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.

Key Dates for Entry 2021 


Online Registration opens for September 2021

Open Monday 18th May and closes at 12 noon on Tuesday 30th June 2020

A link will be available during these dates only.

Entrance Test


Results emailed

Saturday 12th September 2020


On or before Monday 12th October 2020

Return your Common Application Form to your Local Authority  By 31st October 2020
National Allocation Day 1st March 2021
Appeals - Appeal Information packs will be available in April Appeals are normally heard during the months of May & June by Democratic Services

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

2021 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 2021 entry, the test will be held on Saturday 12th September 2020.

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 2021 entry will be open from 18th May 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 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 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.  Our influence, whilst not insubstantial, has no power to control or alter the actions of the independent commercial enterprises.

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.

From September 2019 Marchants no longer run this service, Pulham & Sons will take over this route

Denwell Mini Coaches Ltd 

01452 863377

Service from Swindon / Cricklade / Cirencester

September 2019: 'We have been asked to provide school transport from Bristol to Ribston School, we are trying to get enough support to enable us to put together a cost viable bus service to parents. If this would be something you would be interested in please email me on many thanks Rob'


Have withdrawn all school services.

Bus Timetable 2020-2021 

In-Year Admissions (Years 7-11)

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