Admissions 7 – 11

Consultation Admissions Policy 2022

Pate's Admissions Policy 2022

Consultation 2022 Admissions Policy



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

Non Verbal Reasoning Booklet

Non Verbal Reasoning Booklet

Verbal Reasoning Comprehension Booklet

Verbal Reasoning Word Choice Booklet

Maths Booklet

Information Booklet 2021 entry

Test Day ID Form COVID-19 Declaration

Timeline key dates for 2021 entry - Pate's

Timeline key dates for 2022 entry - Pate's

Admissions Policy 2021

2021 Entry FAQs

Familiarisation Booklet

Missed test registration

What happens next - 2021 entry

Register of Interest form

Admission to Year 7 2021

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 1st, 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 1st
  • 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 - 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


"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)