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Children who have not sat the Gloucestershire Grammar School Entrance test can request an In Year test for a place on the waiting list. Please complete the attached form and return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .

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Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries relating to Sixth Form admissions.

Our 2015 Prospectus will be available in January; in the meantime, please see below for our 2014 information booklet as a source of general information.

 

Sixth Form Prospectus [swf, click top-right to turn page]

Sixth Form Prospectus Information booklet [swf, click top right to turn page]

SIXTH FORM APPLICATION FORM

 

 

Sixth Form Admissions Calendar for September 2016

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Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries relating to Sixth Form admissions.

 

Sixth Form Prospectus [swf, click top-right to turn page]

Sixth Form Prospectus Information booklet [swf, click top right to turn page]

2016 Admissions

Applications for 2016 entry are now closed.

In-Year Appeals

If your appeal does NOT relate to an admission to Year 7 in September 2015, please download the in-year appeal form below and follow the instructions contained within it.

Click Here for the Appeals Form

Announcement: Entry for September 2016

 

Please be aware that that the registration window and test date have changed:

  • Monday 1 June 2015 - Online registration for 2016 entry opens
  • Friday 3 July 2015 - Registration closes at noon
  • Saturday 12 September 2015 - Test day
  • By Monday 12 October 2015 - Results sent to parents

 

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.

The schools are concerned by the amount of tutoring that currently takes place and CEM design their tests to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation. 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 will be made available via the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools’ websites in January 2015 to enable parents to give guidance on the style of questions.

Please be aware that that the registration window and test date have changed:

1 June 2015

Online registration for 2016 Entry opens

3 July 2015

Registration closes at noon

8 July onwards

Information sent to parents regarding test day arrangements

12 September 2015

Test day

9 October 2015

Results sent to parents

Announcement: Entry for September 2015

 

Please be aware that that the registration window and test date have changed:

  • Monday 1 June 2015 - Online registration for 2016 entry opens
  • Friday 3 July 2015 - Registration closes at noon
  • Saturday 12 September 2015 - Test day
  • By Monday 12 October 2015 - Results sent to parents

 

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.

The schools are concerned by the amount of tutoring that currently takes place and CEM design their tests to enable all children to demonstrate their academic potential without excessive preparation. 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 will be made available via the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools’ websites in January 2014 to enable parents to give guidance on the style of questions.

Please be aware that that the registration window and test date have changed:

1 June 2015

Online registration for 2016 Entry opens

3 July 2015

Registration closes at noon

8 July onwards

Information sent to parents regarding test day arrangements

12 September 2015

Test day

9 October 2015

Results sent to parents

Appeals

 

Pate’s Grammar School

Advice on Registering for an Appeal [from Pate’s Website]

Important Dates:

 

  • Appeal Registration opens on 1st April 2016.  Registration forms are available to download from the school website.

  • Deadline to submit appeals: midnight on Friday 6th May 2016.
  • Deadline for submitting any additional supporting paperwork: midnight on Friday 13th May 2016.
  • Dates of Appeal Hearings:  Pate’s Grammar School Appeal hearings will take place on either Wednesday 25th May or Thursday 26th May (final details to be confirmed 10 days before).  The hearings will be held at Hester’s Way Resource Centre, Cassin Drive, Cheltenham, GL51 7SU.
  • Please note that the admissions test itself is designed, set, marked and administered externally by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), based at Durham University.  As such, Pate’s holds very little information on individual test scores. However, if your child has not achieved a qualifying standard and you require confirmation of your child’s ‘ranking’ in the results for Pate’s, we can provide this; please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , giving your child’s name and date of birth.  We would be grateful if you could avoid telephoning Admissions office at this very busy time; we will endeavour to answer all email enquiries within 5 school days.
  • Before launching an appeal for your child to have a place at Pate's, we would urge you to consider whether you have grounds for appeal that go beyond suggesting that your child (like many others) would benefit from a Pate's education. Our admissions criteria and, based upon experience, the independent Admissions Appeal Panel have not given weight in their reported deliberations to factors such as the nearness to school, travel arrangements, sibling links, the fact that a child would contribute a great deal to the school (academically, musically, in sporting or other arenas), family or child upset at not getting a place, the negatives you perceive about the alternative school allocated. Over 90% of appeals have not proven to be successful in the past. In the end, however, it must be your decision.  One of the main concerns at Appeal is whether the admissions process has been conducted in a reasonable way, in line with the admissions policy or whether there has been any significant flaw in procedure that would have changed the outcome of allocation of places. They have sometimes also taken note of significant illness or other similar factor that would have caused under-performance on the day.

If you require any further information or clarification regarding the Appeals process itself please email Mr Locke, Bursar (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), but please note that school will be closed for the Easter holidays from 25th March until 11th April.  Please be advised that, in order to be fair and remain impartial, we are unable to discuss details of individual cases. 

 

 

 

Further information:

Appeals Registration Form

Appeals Guidance

 

Admissions Further Details

Admissions to Year 7

INFORMATION TO PARENTS ABOUT YEAR 7 ADMISSIONS
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 Evenings in September each year, where where will be the chance to meet the Head, staff and pupils.

HOW THE ADMISSION ARRANGEMENTS OPERATE
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.

QUALIFYING FOR ADMISSION TO PATE’S
Pate’s is a selective school. Admission to the school has always been by competitive test. Places have always been offered to the children achieving the highest rank order scores in the Admissions Test.

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 have been 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.

Because we believe that our Admissions Test rank order is the only fair way of allocating places at Pate’s, only the highest scoring children will be eligible to be considered for a place at Pate’s.

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 (of 150) 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 1, 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 1
  • 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.

 

THE APPEALS PROCESSES
Parents whose child has not been offered a place at Pate’s have the statutory right to use the independent appeals process – details from the Admissions Office at the school.

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