Admission Testing for September 2018 entry - Saturday 16th September 2017

Individual letters regarding the arrangements for the Entrance Test at Ribston Hall High School will be posted by to arrive by 7th September 2017. If you have not received the information by Monday 11th September 2017, please contact the Admissions Officer, Mrs Denice Murphy on 01452 382249

Ribston Hall has specialised in educating girls in Gloucester for over 95 years. We have lots of experience and enable our girls to grow academically and socially within our supportive environment. We equip them with the skills and values to take their place in society and everyone comments on the ‘family feel’ at Ribston.

Entry for September 2018 to Ribston Hall High School

Admissions Policy for 2018/19 Entry (Download)

Entry for September 2018 to Ribston Hall High School

Open Days

We would be pleased to welcome you to Ribston Hall High School on the following Open Days: 

27th April 2017 – Open Day and Evening for Year 5 girls anticipating entry in September 2018

20th June 2017 – Open Morning for Year 5 girls anticipating entry in September 2018 - 09:15am-12pm No appointments necessary

At the beginning of December 2013, the seven Gloucestershire Grammar Schools made a joint decision to start using Durham University (CEM) for the admissions test.  CEM are 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.

CEM do not produce commercially available practice materials and they advise that the best preparation for their tests is to read books and use mathematics on a regular basis.  However, familiarisation material is available below to enable parents to give guidance on the style of questions.

Admissions Policy 2017/18 ( Download)

Familiarisation Booklet for 2018 Test (Download)

Admission Information for 2018 Entry (Download)

Key Dates for Entry 2018 (Current Year 5’s)


Online Registration opens for September 2018



Open Thursday 1st June and closes at 4pm on Friday 30th June 2017


Saturday 16th September 2017



Entrance Test


By 31st October 2017

Return your Common Application Form to your Local Authority


1st March 2018



National Allocation Day




Date to be advised after the ‘Reconsideration’ deadline from your Local Authority

Please note

Parents are responsible for checking with the relevant grammar schools and the Local Authority that this information is still correct at the time of application.

School Transport

To assist parents in making decisions about transport for their daughters to and from Ribston Hall High School, please find a list of bus companies below who currently provide transport for our students.  Transport providers are generally very helpful in discussing setting up new or altered routes where there is a need.  Ribston Hall is also willing to facilitate lift-share arrangements between parents.

Bennetts Coaches
01452 527809

Cheltenham, Churchdown, Gloucester, Bishops Cleeve, Shurdington, Brockworth, Hucclecote, Abbeymead and Longlevens.

John Dix Travel
01452 886633

Services from Cheltenham, Gloucester, Churchdown, Hardwicke/Quedgeley and Abbeydale

F R Willetts Limited
01594 810080

Services from the Forest of Dean

Marchants Coaches
01242 257585

Service from Winchcombe, Greet, Gretton, Gotherington, Bishops Cleeve, Woodmancote, Swindon Village, Gloucestershire College.

Denwell Mini Coaches Ltd 

01452 863377

Service from Swindon / Cricklade / Cirencester



Have withdrawn all school services.

Entry for September 2016

Information Booklet 2016 Entry (Download)

Test Day ID Form (Download)

Familiarisation Booklet  (Download)

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 the Local Authority will offer places on behalf of Ribston Hall High School to the highest ranking girls until they reach our admission number of 120. There are likely to be more students who pass the test than can be offered a place.  Girls who meet the qualifying standard, but have not been successful in gaining a place, will have the opportunity to go on a waiting list (and for ‘Reconsideration’ between 1 March and 1 April 2016) and may be offered a place should one become available. You are also entitled to appeal (see below).


Non-qualifying Standard:  

Girls who did not achieve the qualifying rank are unable to be considered for a place at Ribston Hall High School or to be placed on our waiting list.


If you need any further information regarding Admissions to Ribston Hall High School, please contact the Admissions Officer om 01452 382249 or email 


If you need any further information regarding the allocation of school places, please contact the Admissions and TransfersTeam  or call 01452 425713




Appeal Information Pack   (Download)

Appeal information packs for September 2016 admission will be available from Tuesday 1 March 2016. 

Appeals should be lodged by 3.00pm on Monday 25 April 2016


An Independent Panel will hear the appeals between 18 May 2016 and 10th June 2016


Further information and an appeals form can be obtained via email from Mrs C O’Connor,