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Sir Thomas Rich's School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023

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Sir Thomas Rich's School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023


Founded in 1666, Sir Thomas Rich's School is a Gloucestershire grammar school and academy for boys aged 11 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.”

11 plus exam information for Sir Thomas Rich's School

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

  • County: Gloucestershire

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01452 338400

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,098

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day date: TBC

  • 11 plus exam date: Saturday 16th September 2022

  • Exam board type: Gloucestershire Grammar Schools 11 plus test

Sir Thomas Rich's School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates for Sir Thomas Rich’s School are:

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

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

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

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

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

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How and when to apply for 11 plus entry to Sir Thomas Rich’s 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 Sir Thomas Rich’s School to consider any necessary access arrangements.

Sir Thomas Rich’s School 11 plus admissions process

Applicants to Sir Thomas Rich’s School 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 boys who have met this qualifying standard, and whose parents have expressed a preference for Sir Thomas Rich’s 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;

  • Boys in receipt of Pupil Premium;

  • Other qualifying boys in test rank order.

Sir Thomas Rich’s School does not have a catchment area and there is no priority for candidates with a sibling at the school; admission depends solely on the performance of the candidate in the 11 plus test.

Visit the school website for more details on Sir Thomas Rich’s School admissions process for entry in 2024.

Sir Thomas Rich's School 11 plus exam: format and content

Sir Thomas Rich's 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 Sir Thomas Rich's 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 Sir Thomas Rich's 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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