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Denmark Road High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023

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Denmark Road High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023


Established in 1883, Denmark Road High School is a Gloucestershire grammar school and academy for girls aged 11-18, ranking in the top 100 state secondary schools in the UK for pupils' exam results in 2022.

The school offers exceptional and bespoke pathways into higher education through their mixed Sixth Form, with economics, politics and business among the many subjects students can choose to study.

The school is consistently ranked high in school league tables in England. It's rated 'good' by Ofsted.

11 plus exam information for Denmark Road High School

  • Address: Denmark Road High School, Denmark Road, Gloucester, GL1 3JN

  • County: Gloucestershire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01452 543335

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 850+

  • Number of places in Year 7: 177

  • Open day date: not yet confirmed

  • 11 plus exam dates: Saturday 16th September 2022

  • Exam board type: Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 plus test

Denmark Road High School term dates

Denmark Road High School’s term dates for 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 20th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–31st October 2023

  • Spring term: 4th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 8th April – 18th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How and when to apply for 11 plus entry to Denmark Road High School

Admission into Year 7 is through the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 plus exam taken in September. Registrations for the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools' 11 plus exam are open from 22nd May to 30th June 2023 – you can register your child on the school website.

If a child has special educational needs (SEN), parents can provide details on the Grammar School Test registration form to allow Denmark Road High School to consider any necessary access arrangements.

Denmark Road High School 11 plus admissions process

Denmark Road High School is selective, meaning that candidates must take the 11 plus test to be eligible. Applicants must attain a ‘qualifying standard’, which is the minimum age-standardised score required to be considered for entry to the school.

For admission into Year 7 parents must also submit the Local Authority’s Common Application Form (by the deadline of 31st October) which is available online via the Gloucestershire County Council website.

The Local Authority then allocates places to girls who have met this qualifying standard, and whose parents have expressed a preference for Denmark Road High School on the Common Application Form.

The school applies oversubscription criteria when there are more successful applicants (i.e. who have met the qualifying standard) than available places in the following order:

  • Looked After Children / Previously Looked Children;

  • 15 places for pupils who are registered for Pupil Premium, who achieve the qualifying standard and live in Gloucester City

  • 15 places for pupils who are registered for Pupil Premium, who achieve the qualifying standard and who live outside of Gloucester City

  • All other candidates who have achieved the qualifying standard in rank order of scores. In the event of a tie between two or more girls when applying the above criterion and when there are not enough places available, a process of random allocation will be followed (supervised by a person independent of the school).

Visit the school website for more details on Denmark Road High School admissions process for entry in 2024.

Denmark Road High School 11 plus exam: format and content

Denmark Road High School will be using GL Assessment to administer its 11 plus test for pupils applying for entry in 2024 and beyond.

Children will take two tests at Denmark Road High School on Saturday 16th September 2023. The two tests take around 2 hours in total to complete:

  • Paper 1: Multiple-choice verbal reasoning, vocabulary and reading comprehension

  • Paper 2: Multiple-choice non-verbal reasoning and maths

Each paper will begin with 15 minutes to read through the instructions and work through examples (non-verbal reasoning only). Children will then have 45 minutes to work through the questions for each test.

For more details, please see our guide to the Gloucestershire 11 plus test.

How to prepare your child for the Denmark Road High School 11 plus test

Starting 11 plus preparation towards the end of Year 4 or 5 will provide your child with familiarity with the test process and timed sections, as well as solid knowledge of all Key Stage 2 content.

Your child's school may not yet have covered a number of topics covered in the 11 plus. Verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning are not taught on the primary school curriculum, so practising questions in these subjects will help your child build confidence for the exam.

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