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Stroud High School is a selective grammar school for girls aged 11-16 with a co-educational Sixth Form. Students will sit an entrance test and those who achieve the required standard are able to apply for a place at SHS.  

Entry in Year 7 – this is through a test commonly known as the 11+. Students usually take this in the September of Year 6.

Admission enquires for all girls aged 11-16 years should be directed to the Admissions Officer, Mrs Lynn Poole, including in-year applications.

Entry for the Sixth Form is based on a student's performance at GCSE level or equivalent qualifications. You can find further details on our Sixth Form website.



The test consists of two papers assessing verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability provided by CEM (University of Cambridge). 

All questions are multiple choice style questions

Students will be tested on verbal ability (comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning), numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. 

There are two papers, with each test session taking around an hour. 

At the beginning of each session there is time built in for instructions and some worked examples. The tests themselves will take around 45 to 50 minutes.

CEM is 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, as well as Gloucestershire. 

CEM designs its tests to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation. 

You may want to help your child familiarise themselves with the test format.

A familiarisation booklet is available on the school website.  We recommend that your daughter completes the familiarisation test in order to understand how to record her answers on the answer sheet (which is separate from the question booklet).  

This familiarisation booklet is designed to inform parents and students about the Entrance Test in order to:

  • Give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment
  • Introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment
  • Inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure
  • Indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested

Top tips

Giving your child the chance to do some of the questions in timed conditions will help them get ready for the test. Use the familiarisation materials to do this at home.

Support your child to read widely. If you need any recommendations check out our what our Y7s are currently encouraged to read.

Try and apply Maths to everyday situations.

You must complete a Grammar School Registration Form to enable your daughter to sit the entrance test.  The registration form is online and available on all of the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools. The registration period has now closed. Late applications will not be accepted.

For further details please contact the Admissions Team on

The required standard is not a pre-defined pass mark, but reflects a child’s position in the rank order of standardised scores in the entrance test. The required standard will vary between different grammar schools, as will your child’s ranked position.

The test day has taken place.   All information about the test day will be sent to parents prior to the test day giving full details of the test day.  

You will receive your child’s results in good time for you to be able to complete your Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF).  Please note you will get an email from each school you have expressed to share your child’s result with. The CAF is administered by your own Local Authority and is the form you need to complete to make your preferences for your child’s secondary schooling by the deadline of 31 October.

If your daughter meets the required standard in the entrance test you will be informed and can apply for a place at Stroud High School by completing your Local Authority’s Common Application Form (CAF) for allocation of school places. If Stroud High is your preference for a place, we would advise you to list SHS as the first choice on your CAF. There is no other form to be completed at this stage but you MUST complete your CAF to your Local Authority.

Stroud High School operates within the Gloucestershire County Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for Year 7 entry.

Gloucestershire Local Authority will offer 150 places (Stroud High School’s Published Admission Number) to students who have met the required standard in rank order according to the school’s Admission Policy.  National Allocation Day is 1 March. Please see here for more information.