Marling School is a non-fee paying, selective Grammar School for boys aged 11-16 years with a co-educational sixth form.  To gain entry all pupils must sit and pass an Entrance Test organised by the school, usually at the start of Year 6. Marling School operates within the Gloucestershire County Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for Year 7 entry.

Admission enquires for all boys aged 11-16 years should be directed to the Admissions Officer, Mrs Sarah Chilman, including in-year applications. Click here for details on visiting the school. 

All Sixth Form admission enquiries should be directed to the Personal Assistant to the Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Suzannah Dougherty

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In the normal primary to secondary route of entry, all boys in their correct chronological cohort for Year 6 must sit an Entrance Test organised by the schoolParents/carers must register their child for the Entrance Test by completion of the Gloucestershire Grammar Schools' Registration Form (usually in the summer term of Year 5).

Boys who achieve a qualifying score in the Entrance Test will need to declare Marling School as one of their choices on their Common Application Form (CAF) which must be submitted by 31 October, if they wish to gain a place.  In Gloucestershire, the form asks parents/carers to state their ranked preferences for up to five secondary schools. Only boys with a qualifying score will be considered for entry to Marling School.

All offers of school places will be made by the Local Authority (usually 1 March). This will be the school with the highest ranked preference for which your son has met the admission criteria.

Out of county applications will be accepted for candidates who live outside Gloucestershire, however, parents/carers will need to contact their own local authority in relation to the Common Application Form. The process should then enable your own local authority to liaise with Gloucestershire County Council regarding allocation of schools.

Admissions Policy

Our current 2021 and 2022 Admissions Policy can be viewed below.  Both detail the Sept 2021 variation to ensure compliance with the new admissions code, which comes into force on 1 September 2021.

Our proposed 2023 Admissions Policy can be viewed below - there have been no changes to the policy since last year.  This policy will be ratified by Governors in February 2022.

Important Dates

2021 Entry
The Year 7 waiting list will be held until 31st December 2021.

2022 Entry (current Year 6s)
The Entrance Test took place on Saturday 11 September 2021.  The 11+ results were issued on 14 October.  The deadline for the Local Authority Common Application Form is 31 October, where you will have to list your secondary school choices in genuine preference order.  You may find it helpful to read the 'Results Out What Happens Next?' information sheet, below.

2023 Entry (current Year 5s)
If you would like to be included in the Y5 mailing list, please complete the google form  Please double check the email address you supply for accuracy.  We will contact you by email when we can send you a 'reminder to register' and any other relevant communication.

You may find it helpful to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs for 2022 Entry) below.

2022 Entry (current Year 6s)

If you missed the Entrance Test in September 2021, please download the 'late test information sheet' below. This late entrance test will not allow you to be allocated a Grammar School place on 1 March 2022, but will enable you to join the second round of secondary school allocations or waiting list - providing the qualifying standard for Marling School is met. 

Tuesday 11th January 2022 - Registration will open at noon. A link to the registration form will be available on all Grammar School websites on this day.

Friday 14th January 2022 - Registration will close at noon.  Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after this time.

Saturday 5th Feb 2022 - Test Day - venue to be confirmed after registration has closed.

Tuesday 1st March 2022 - after 9.00am late test results will be issued to parents by email.

BY Tuesday 8th March 2022 - if your child meets the qualifying standard, you can request to be added to a Grammar School waiting list(s).  The waiting list process for all Gloucestershire Grammar Schools is run by Gloucestershire County Council. They advise you to accept the secondary school place offered, even if you go on another school's waiting list - to ensure your child has a school place in September 2022.

Please find below the Gloucestershire Familiarisation material for 2022 Entry produced by CEM, which includes some practice questions. CEM are not planning to change the content of the admissions test in light of the COVID-19 situation. 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.  

Open Events

2022 Open Events

We plan to run Open Events in the Spring/Summer term.  In the meantime, you may find it helpful to take a look at our VIRTUAL OPEN MORNING.

If you would like to be included in the YEAR 5 mailing list, please complete the google form  Please double check the email address you supply for accuracy.  We will contact you by email with any relevant communication including open events.

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Student Induction

A programme of online induction activities will take place during the summer term.  We will be meeting all of the students through their primary schools and speaking to all of their Year 6 teachers.   

New Parent Evening

Marling School offer a new intake parents and information evening - details we be given to new parents nearer the time. 

In-year Applications

Marling School is an Academy and as such the Governing Body is the admissions authority. However, Marling School operates its admissions policy and procedures in line with Gloucestershire County Council’s coordinated scheme for school admission, which in turn operates within the School Admissions Code.

Any application for school places made outside the normal primary to secondary year of entry to the school must be made directly to Marling School’s Admissions Officer, through completion of an ‘In-Year Application Form’ (see below).

The School will notify the applicant’s parent, within 15 school days of receipt of the application, of either the date of the assessment of academic ability or the reason for refusal of an assessment and/or offer of a place with information about the right of appeal (see the Appeal Process page).

If an assessment is not offered, the candidate can request to have their name added to the Indicated Interest Register to be notified if there is a change of circumstances.

Candidates for secondary transfers will be assessed on academic ability at Marling School. Where, on balance, the candidate matches the standard of the cohort, a place will be considered by the Admissions Committee of the Governing Body.

If the number of qualifying in-year candidates for a particular year group exceeds the number of places available, offers will be made in order of priority as set out in our Admissions Policy. Candidates will be notified within three weeks of the assessment of academic ability whether or not they have been allocated a place, and provided information about the right of appeal if appropriate. If a place has been offered transfer should be completed within six weeks.

Candidates are offered two applications to join the school (Year 6 Entrance Test is counted as the first attempt).

Appeals Process

There is an Appeal Process which enables parents/carers to appeal against non-admission to the school. If you are not happy with the allocated school place on 1 March:

1. Any boys who have met the qualifying standard for Marling School can ask to go on our waiting list.  Gloucestershire County Council’s (GCC’s) waiting list deadline is 8 March 2022.  GCC will notify parents of the outcome of waiting list requests after 29 March 2022.

2. All parents have a legal right to appeal and must set out the grounds for appeal in writing.  Typically, if your son qualified and was not offered a place because admitting your child would cause prejudice to the provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources at the school (i.e. overcrowding), you would need to put a case forward for your son that outweighs the degree of prejudice caused to the school.  If your son did not demonstrate the requisite ability for grammar school in the entrance test, you would be looking to provide evidence to the appeal panel that he is.  Additionally, if you believe extenuating circumstances may have affected your son’s performance on the day of the test, or you are dissatisfied with the way the admission procedures were carried out - these would be included in your grounds for appeal. You may find it helpful to read the 2021 Appeal Guidance Notes for Parents, which can be downloaded below.

'Appeal Packs' can be requested from the Admissions Officer by emailing after 1 March 2022.  

Key Dates
Deadline for lodging Y7 Appeals to be advised (typically April)
Appeal Hearings will take place to be advised (typically June)

Please find below the appeal Guidance Notes for 2021 along with the Coronovirus Appeal Protocols for 2021.  The 2022 versions are not yet ready for publication - but no significant changes are expected in 2022.


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 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 that challenge the reader and use mathematics on a regular basis.  Please see the available familiarisation material below.

COVID-19 announcement from CEM (June 2020): 
Are the assessments going to be changed or adapted due to the COVID-19 situation, as candidates will not have had the full Year 5 curriculum?
CEM are not planning to change the content of the admissions test in light of the COVID-19 situation. 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.

Please see below 2022 Entry Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further information.


Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust is a thriving partnership of schools working together to generate and celebrate success and to create opportunities for our students and staff that raise aspirations and inspire excellence.

Schools in the trust are committed to: 

  • Creating opportunities that raise aspirations and inspire excellence in students and staff 
  • Promoting high levels of personal development and well-being in our students 
  • Forming a distinctive partnership of schools that value their uniqueness and collegiality 
  • High quality leadership and teaching, with a highly creative curriculum. 
  • Maintaining a relentless focus on high standards and excellent outcomes for our students 
  • Creating opportunities for staff development to enable us to recruit, develop and retain the very best teachers and leaders 
  • Innovating together for the benefit of our students and staff 
  • Fostering relationships where autonomy and accountability go hand in hand 
  • Creating a strong, financially resilient organisation that achieves efficiency savings for mutual benefit allowing to focus resources on teaching and learning

Our Schools

Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust formed on 1st September 2016. It currently comprises Marling Grammar School and Sixth Form, Berkeley Primary School and Cam Woodfield Junior School. Links to the websites of the schools are provided below:


More information on Cotswold Beacon Academy Trust can be found at


Marling School is part of the Cotswold Edge Teaching Alliance - a partnership of schools and institutions sharing their skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve learning and achievement in schools across Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire. CETA members have a shared vision to work together to provide excellent provision and outcomes for all students in their schools and to support other schools to do the same. This is achieved by pursuing excellence in teaching, learning and leadership through training, support, research and development created and delivered by schools for schools. Working in partnership across the primary and secondary sector is central to the CETA ethos. Please visit the CETA website to find out more -