My son is looking to apply to Kent Grammar Schools and I was wondering if he would need to write an essay type/creative piece? I have read contradicting reports and would like to know for defintie before I make him do anymore writing. Many thanks.
Welcome to the Kent forum, Danielle.
The Kent Test includes a written piece (30 mins) which is not part of the scored assessment. It is considered only in cases where a child fails narrowly on the marked papers and where the child's headteacher decides to put him/her forward for local headteacher panel assessment.
Headteachers do this for children they consider grammar-suitable and the standard of the written piece is considered by the panel.
If your son tries the GL Assessment practice papers at home and scores consistently well, I don't think there is much point in having him do specific work to prepare for the written piece, assuming he knows how to plan a short piece of writing and is able to work to a time limit.
Last year's test, set by GL who are contracted to set this year's test, provided children with a short list of topic choices for the written piece, both fiction and non-fiction.