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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 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

Since 11+ tests vary from one area to another, it's important to note that the free familiarisation materials are generic and may differ from your own test's exact specifications.  

These differences may include the length of papers, the types of questions covered, and/or the level of difficulty.

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.