Gloucestershire Grammar Schools' Announcement - Change to the date of the 2020 Entrance Test
Official CEM Practice Materials and Update - Entrance Test 2020
We would like to confirm that the content of the Entrance Test (run by CEM) will not be changed, despite the closing of schools due to COVID-19. Their assessments aim to measure underlying skills and aptitudes and are designed to be taken by learners with a wide range of ability. CEM are confident that their assessments will continue to be effective at differentiating learners, even in light of a gap in schooling.
In addition to the Familiarisation Booklet, CEM have officially released some additional practice material, which may be downloaded
Pate's full admissions policy can be found by clicking here, however we have pulled out some of the key information below. You will also find a series of quick links to help you located the information you need.
Parents who have registered will be notified if other arrangements need to be made.
The Entrance Test is independent of the Local Authority – please do not contact them regarding the test.
Admissions for entry September 2021
Please click the link to register your son/daughter for year 7 entry September 2021- The link for admissions September 2021 will go live on the 18th May 2020
Registration opened on Monday 18th May and closed on the 30th June. Please note if you did not register your son / daughter during these dates your child will not be able to sit the Grammar School entrance test in the autumn
2021 Entry (current Year 5) - please click on link below for important statement from Gloucestershire Grammar School Heads regarding registration and Test Day for Entry in September 2021.
Please click here
Admission to Year 7 2020
Pate’s is required to operate in line with the Local Education Authority’s co-ordinated scheme for school admissions. Pate’s is a selective school, and has only 150 places available in Year 7. To be considered for admission into Year 7 at Pate’s pupils must achieve the qualifying score in the Admissions Test organised by the school. To sit the test parents must register their child with Pate’s – using the online registration form. Parents must also make a separate application to the Local Education Authority, using the LEA’s normal Preference Form – failure to apply through the LEA, or failure to include Pate’s as one of the ranked choices on the LEA form, will mean that a child cannot be considered for entry to Pate’s in the normal admissions round.
Pate’s has been a free grammar school for the children of Cheltenham and surrounding area for over 400 years. We are very proud of that record. We want to continue to offer a particular type of academic education to very able children, whatever their background or their circumstances. Each year places are offered to children who score the highest marks in the Admissions Test: this means children either ranked in the top 150 places, or those from the next qualifying group who have been placed on the reserve list. We believe that this is the fairest way of allocating the limited number of places at the school.
All school places will be offered initially by the LEA. Places at Pate’s will be offered first, at the beginning of March, to those children amongst the top qualifying group who have put Pate’s as their first preference school on the LEA form (or to children for whom Pate’s is the highest preference school for which they qualified) .
If there are places unfilled on March 2nd, those unfilled places will be offered to children:
- Who achieved a qualifying score in the Admissions Test
- Who were not offered a place by the LEA on March 2nd
- Whose parents have requested the school to place their name on the waiting list
Offers to fill any unfilled places from the waiting list will be made by the school as soon as possible after April 1. Offers will be made strictly according to each child’s ranking in the Admissions Test.
Further details about the admissions arrangements can be obtained from the Admissions Office at Pate’s - firstname.lastname@example.org. Information regarding admissions arrangements are also provided to our main feeder primary schools for distribution to prospective parents. Parents and children are warmly welcomed to one of our Open Days each year, where will be the chance to meet the Head, staff and pupils.
Parents whose child has not been offered a place at Pate’s have the statutory right to use the independent appeals process – please click here for details.
Admissions in Years 7- 10
Children who have not sat the Gloucestershire Grammar School Entrance test can request to be placed on a register of interest. In the event a vacancy arises, we will contact you to have your son/daughter tested. Please complete the relevant form above and return to email@example.com.
CEM Entry Test
You will find the CEM familiarisation booklet and the 2020 FAQs at the top of this page.
"Thank you for all your help with understanding the admissions process, it was all made very easy and allowed my son to focus on simply doing his best in the test" (Parent)