Parkstone Grammar School

Parkstone Grammar School

About Parkstone Grammar School

Parkstone Grammar School was founded in Poole in 1905 and provides a grammar school education to girls aged 11 to 18. Ofsted, who rated the school 'outstanding', said that the school offers a "stimulating, friendly community in which all students are valued and may thrive intellectually, emotionally and physically".

Girls at Parkstone are encouraged to succeed in their subjects, but also to enjoy the wide range of co-curricular opportunities on offer, including music, theatre, public speaking and charity. The sixth form collaborates with the local boys' grammar, Poole Grammar School, enabling pupils to choose from an extensive A level curriculum.

  • Address: Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane, Poole, Dorset BH17 7EP
  • Local authority: Dorset Council
  • School type: girls' grammar
  • Headteacher: David Hallsworth
  • Number of pupils: 1,300+
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 133
  • A level results: 76.2% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 62.4% A*/A/9/8/7

Parkstone Grammar School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Parkstone Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Parkstone Grammar School

1. Register for the 11 plus

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them. The 11 plus exam is a challenging exam, designed to select the children working within the top 25% of their year group.

You will need to complete a test registration form to register your daughter for the 11-plus test. This will be available to complete on the school website from 9 am on 17th April, and will close on 8th September 2023.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your daughter's results in the 11 plus in a letter posted by the school on 13th October 2023. You can use the results to decide which schools to include on your local authority secondary application form. You must complete the form for your home local authority:

If your daughter has met the score necessary to be eligible for a place at Parkstone Grammar School, you will be able to name the school as a preference on the form. However, make sure to check the school's oversubscription criteria first; in the likely event that more children achieve the qualifying score than there are places available, the school will need to apply oversubscription criteria to prioritise places.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Parkstone Grammar School 11 plus?

Parkstone Grammar School is one of four schools within the Dorset Consortium. Children applying to any of these schools will take the same 11 plus exam in September in Year 6.

For entry in 2024, children will take three multiple-choice papers on Saturday 23rd September 2023:

  • Maths: 50 minutes
  • English: 45 minutes
  • Verbal reasoning: 50 minutes

Learn more and get free 11 plus preparation resources in our guide to the 11 plus in Dorset:

What is the pass mark for Parkstone Grammar School?

Your daughter's raw scores for the three papers will be standardised according to her age in years and months. This is to ensure that children born later in the school year aren't disadvantaged by being younger. The scores will then be shared with the other three schools in the Dorset Consortium.

All candidates' marks will then be ranked in order of success. There is no set pass mark, as the qualifying standard will be determined by the number of children who have taken the test, and how well the particular cohort has performed.

Achieving the qualifying score doesn't guarantee a place at the school of your choice, as schools are oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area.

Parkstone Grammar School admission criteria

Oversubscription criteria

The planned admission number (PAN) for Year 7 is 192. If more children reach the standardised pass mark than there are places available, places are allocated in this order:

1. Girls who are classed as 'Looked After' or 'Previously Looked After'

2. Girls who live within the school catchment area and entitled to Pupil Premium

3. Girls who live within the school catchment area

4. Girls who do not live within the school catchment area, but are entitled to Pupil Premium

5. All other girls living outside the school catchment area, ranked in order of test scores

In the event of a tie for the 192nd place, the school will offer the place to the girl who lives closest to Parkstone Grammar School. This distance is measured using the shortest, safest and most practical walking route using the centre line of public roads and footpaths.

Parkstone Grammar School catchment area

The catchment area for Parkstone Grammar School covers the historic Borough of Poole and the following Poole postcodes:

  • BH12, BH13, BH14, BH15, BH16, BH17 and BH18
  • BH21 3

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Sopers Lane Poole BH17 7EP
Phone 01202605605
Email [email protected]
Region Dorset


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Girls


Virtual Open Day 31/8/2022 - 31/8/2023 More details
Allocation Day 1/3/2024
CAF form 31/10/2023
Open Evenings 11/7/2023
Registration 1/5/2023 - 8/9/2023
Academic Exam 23/9/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 192
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised No
Total Number of Exams 3
Number of Rounds 1
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)
  • National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER)

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Familiarisation booklet View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Parkstone Grammar School

  • Is Parkstone Grammar School open for visits to prospective students and parents?
    Yes, the school often organizes open days and tours. Parents and prospective students are encouraged to attend these events to learn more about the school, its environment, and its facilities. Check the school’s official website for event details and schedules.
  • What is the catchment area for Parkstone Grammar School, and how does it affect admissions?
    Parkstone Grammar School has a defined catchment area, and the proximity of your residence to the school can impact your admission prospects. The school typically gives priority to students living within the catchment area. However, it’s essential to check the specific catchment boundaries on the school’s official website or contact the school for precise details.
  • Are any scholarship or financial aid opportunities available for students at Parkstone Grammar School?
    Parkstone Grammar School may offer scholarships or financial aid options to eligible students, but the availability and criteria for such assistance vary. Check the school’s official website or contact the admissions office for information on any scholarships, bursaries, or financial support programs that might be available to students.