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Sir Thomas Rich's School 11 plus guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:26 PM

Sir Thomas Rich's School, Gloucestershire

Are you considering Sir Thomas Rich's School for your son? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about key dates, the admissions process, and how to prepare for the Gloucestershire 11 plus exam.

About Sir Thomas Rich's School

Founded in 1666, Sir Thomas Rich's School is a Gloucester grammar school and academy for boys aged 11 to 18 and girls aged 16 to 18. The school offers exceptional sports centre facilities, including swimming, basketball, 5-a-side football, badminton, roller skating and fitness classes. Sir Thomas Rich’s provides pathways into higher education through their mixed sixth form, with economics, psychology and computer science among the many subjects your child could choose to study.

Sir Thomas Rich’s School has academy status with ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings in behaviour and attitudes. In their latest report, Ofsted said: “pupils are very happy in the school. They feel a huge sense of loyalty. Those who join the school in the sixth form say the same. Every pupil wears their badge with pride. Pupils feel safe and say that they can go to anyone in the school if they have concerns.”

Sir Thomas Rich's School is ranked firmly within the top 50 grammar schools in the country and is the third highest-performing grammar school in the south west.

  • Address: Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Oakleaze, Longlevens, Gloucester GL2 0LF

  • Local authority: Gloucestershire County Council

  • School type: boys' grammar with mixed sixth form

  • Headteacher: Matthew Morgan

  • Number of pupils: 1,200+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 38

  • A level results: 85.4% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 84.2% A*/A/9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01452 338400

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day date: May and October

  • 11 plus registration opens: 22nd May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 30th June 2023

  • Exam date: 16th September 2023

  • Exam type: Gloucestershire Consortium – GL Assessment

  • Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Sir Thomas Rich's School term dates

The term dates at Sir Thomas Rich's School in 2023–2024 are:

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

  • Half term: 26th October – 3rd November 2023

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

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

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

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

The term dates at Sir Thomas Rich's School in 2024–2025 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 20th December 204

  • Half term: 24th October – 1st November 2024

  • Spring term: 7th January – 11th April 2025

  • Half term: 17th–21st February 2025

  • Summer term: 28th April – 17th July 2025

  • Half term: 26th–30th May 2025

How to apply to Sir Thomas Rich's School

If you would like your child to be considered for a place at Sir Thomas Rich's School, you will need to register for them to take the 11 plus exam and apply for a school place separately.

1. Register for the 11 plus

Sir Thomas Rich's School works with the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools Consortium to carry out the entrance process. This means that if your child is applying to any of the seven grammar schools in the consortium, they will only need to take the 11 plus once.

You will need to register your child to take the test via the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools central registration form. This will be available on the school website homepage between 12pm on 22nd May 2023 and 12pm on 30th June 2023.

2. Apply for a school place

If your child meets the qualifying standard to apply for a place at the school, you can then name Sir Thomas Rich's School as your preferred school of choice on your local authority common application form (CAF). If you do not live in Gloucestershire, you will need to complete the CAF for your home local authority.

You will receive your child's results from the Gloucestershire 11 plus in mid-October. You will then have until 31st October 2023 to complete and submit the common application form.

The 11 plus at Sir Thomas Rich's School

Sir Thomas Rich's School is one of seven schools within the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools Consortium. Children applying to any of these seven schools will take the same 11 plus exam in September in Year 6.

For entry in 2024, children will take two papers on Saturday 16th September 2023:

  • Verbal skills: a one hour exam assessing comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning

  • Non-verbal skills: a one hour exam assessing non-verbal reasoning and mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding

Both papers consist of solely multiple-choice questions. There will be 15 minutes available at the start of each test to read through the instructions (and see some worked examples in the non-verbal test). The total allocated time for completing the test questions is 45 minutes for each paper.

If you are also considering Marling, Pate's or The Crypt School, you will need to include this information on your 11 plus registration form but indicate which school you would like your son to take the test at. Your child should take the test at the school which is likely to be the highest ranked preference on your common application form.

Gloucestershire 11 plus guide

What is the pass mark for Sir Thomas Rich's School?

There is no pre-defined pass mark for the Gloucestershire 11 plus exam. The qualifying standard will only be set after the test is taken and the results are known. This varies from year to year but has historically been around 210-220 marks.

Sir Thomas Rich's School oversubscription criteria

There are 150 places available in Year 7 at Sir Thomas Rich's School. If more than 150 children who have listed Sir Thomas Rich's School as their preferred school on the common application form fall into the qualifying group, then the school will apply oversubscription criteria. Places will then be allocated in the following order:

  1. 'Looked after' or 'previously looked after' children who have met the qualifying standard

  2. Boys who have met the qualifying standard and are registered for Pupil Premium

  3. All other boys who have met the qualifying standard, ranked in order of marks in the test

There is no catchment area for Sir Thomas Rich's School. The school gives equal consideration to pupils from anywhere in Gloucestershire beyond, and there is no priority for siblings. However, if two or more children achieve the same total score, their respective positions in the rank order will be determined by how close they live to the school (measured in a straight line from the school to the child's home).

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Gloucestershire 11 plus.

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The Gloucestershire 11 plus assesses a variety of skills across the Key Stage 2 curriculum and beyond. Your child will be tested on English comprehension and Key Stage 2 maths, in addition to verbal and non-verbal reasoning – which are not taught at school.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

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