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Ribston Hall High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023

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Ribston Hall High School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023


Ribston Hall High School has a proud tradition of providing excellent education and being at the forefront of new ideas in education.

The school accepts girls aged 11 to 18 and boys aged 16 to 18. Pupils have outstanding behaviour and attitudes to learning and achieve above-average results in public exams (58.2% A*/A/9/8/7 at GCSE, and 71% A*–B at A level in 2022). A £1.5 million new STEM facility – the Rosalind Franklin Science Centre – has recently opened and consists of six cutting-edge labs, prep rooms and offices.

11 plus exam information for Ribston Hall High School

  • Address: Stroud Road, Gloucester, GL1 5LE

  • County: Gloucestershire, Southwest England

  • Admissions contacts details: [email protected], 01452 382249

  • Age range and gender: girls 11–18, co-educational sixth form

  • Number of pupils: 800+

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day date: usually in April, June and October

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 16th September 2022

  • Exam board type: Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 plus test

Ribston Hall High School term dates

The term dates for Ribston Hall High School 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 6th September – 22nd December 2023

  • Half term: 30th October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 22nd March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 8th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How and when to apply for Ribston Hall High School

Every student seeking admission to the school needs to take the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 plus exam.

The Gloucestershire County Coordinated Admissions Scheme coordinates Ribston Hall High School's admissions. The Gloucestershire Grammar Schools' Registration Form must be completed by parents/carers before the end of the summer term of Year 5 for their child to be entered for the Entrance Test.

If your child has achieved the qualifying score, Ribston Hall High School must be listed on the Common Application Form (CAF) as one of their choices by the 31st of October. If you do not live in Gloucestershire, you can apply; however, you will need to contact your local authority about the Common Application Form.

In Gloucestershire, results are usually released in mid-October, and allocation day is at the beginning of March.

Ribston Hall High School 11 plus admissions process

Admission will only be considered for girls who achieve the qualifying standards. Parents/Carers will be notified if their child has achieved the required standard as soon as possible after the 11 plus date.

Whenever the number of qualified candidates exceeds the number of positions, the following criteria will apply in the following order:

  • Looked after girls/previously looked after girls

  • Girls who qualify for pupil premium

  • Girls by rank order in the qualifying standard

There is no catchment area for Ribston Hall High school.

Ribston Hall High School maintains a waitlist using the above criteria. For more information visit the Ribston Hall High School admissions policy.

What is the Ribston Hall High School 11 plus exam format?

Ribston Hall 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 Ribston Hall 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 Ribston Hall 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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