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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 consultation for our Admission Arrangements for 2024 entry closed at 12 noon Monday 21 November, please see below our consultation letter for further information.



Registration has now closed.  There will be no late applications accepted.

If you missed the Entrance Test in September 2022, please download the 'Late Test Information' below. This late entrance test will not allow you to be allocated a Grammar School place on 1 March 2023, but will enable you to join the second round of secondary school allocations or waiting list - providing the qualifying standard has been met for Stroud High School.

Monday 9  January 2023 - Registration will open at noon. A link to the registration form will be available on all Grammar School websites on this day.

Friday 13 January 2023 - Registration will close at noon.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Monday 16 January 2023 - By 12 noon all SEND supporting evidence must be received

Saturday 4 February 2023 - Late Test Day - venue to be confirmed.

Wednesday 1 March 2023 - after 9.00am late test results will be issued to parents by email.

BY Wednesday 8 March 2023 - if your child meets the qualifying standard, you can request to be added to a Grammar School waiting list(s).  The waiting list process for all Gloucestershire Grammar Schools is run by Gloucestershire County Council. They advise you to accept the secondary school place offered, even if you go on another school's waiting list - to ensure your child has a school place in September 2023.

Should you wish to receive the CEM familiarisation materials please contact our Admissions Team on

The test assesses students’ verbal and non-verbal abilities, English skills and Mathematics, and is provided by GL Assessment. 

All questions are multiple choice style questions.

In one paper, students will be tested on their verbal skills (including comprehension, vocabulary and verbal reasoning).

The other test paper assesses non-verbal reasoning and mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding. 

Each test session will take around an hour. 

At the beginning of each session there is time built in for the sharing of instructions and, for the non-verbal reasoning element, some worked examples. Students are allocated a total of 45 minutes to complete the tests themselves.

GL Assessment is the largest independent provider of educational assessments in the UK, also providing assessment materials to schools in over 100 countries worldwide.  They have been developing selection assessments for over 40 years and provide tests to the majority of grammar schools in the country.  GL Assessment works hard to develop its material such that all children are able to demonstrate their levels of attainment and academic potential without excessive preparation. 


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

Please CLICK HERE for the GL familiarisation booklets.  We recommend that your daughter completes the familiarisationmaterials 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 will need to complete a Grammar School Registration Form to enable your daughter to sit the entrance test.  The registration form will be online and available on all of the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools from 12 noon Monday 22 May 2023 until 12 noon Friday 30 June 2023 for entry in September 2024.

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 will take place on Saturday 16 September 2023 for entry in September 2024.

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.