11 Plus Schools

Kent 11 Plus

The New Schools Admissions Code, by law from 2012 , due to take effect for admissions for Entry in September 2013, states that schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for applications on October 31st 2012.

Kent is the largest remaining grammar school area in the country, with 35 wholly selective grammar schools and four partially selective schools. Cranbrook School is the only school whose point of entry is at age 13 (year 9); the school has decided to change the point of entry to age 11; this will take effect in September 2016.

The Dover Grammar schools and The Folkestone School have their own tests (the Dover test and Shepway test). Tests are in Verbal Reasoning and Non-verbal Reasoning and tests in KS2 National Curriculum Maths and English. These schools also accept applicants who pass the Kent test. It is not necessary to pass both. The Folkestone School for Girls tends to be under-subscribed and a large proportion of their intake are from appeals.

Parents in Kent face a considerable challenge when completing their CAF (Common Application Form). The Admissions Criteria for schools differ for almost every school in the County and must be studied extremely carefully by prospective parents.

Some schools known as the “super-selectives” allocate places by score, but there may be geographic limits imposed as well. Other schools use distance or parish boundaries as the main criterion for admission. Schools that do not use score to allocate places may have rules about siblings taking priority. (It is illegal under the school Admissions Code to use score to allocate places and give priority to siblings.)

Full details of the admissions criteria for all Kent schools can be found on the Kent County Council website.

We strongly recommend that, once you have a shortlist of your preferred schools, you research very carefully whether your child would have gained admission in previous years. Either Kent Admissions or the individual schools may be able to provide you with further information if you are unsure. Even that is no guarantee of future success, but it should at least ensure that your school choices are as realistic as possible.

Admissions Information for September 2017

Closing date for Test application Friday 1st July 2016
Closing date for Common Application Form 31st October 2016
11+ test dates For Kent Primary school pupils
Thursday 8th September 2016
For Primary school pupils outside Kent
Saturday 10th September 2016
Test Types The Kent test involves 2 papers consisting of Maths, English, Verbal reasoning and Non-verbal reasoning. Multiple choice format.
The first test will be an English and Maths paper, 1 hour long split into two sections. The first section is English and the second section is Maths. Each section has a 5 minute practice exercise and 25 minute test. The English section will involve a comprehension exercise and additional questions to test literacy skills
Second test is a reasoning paper which has three sections;the first is verbal reasoning, the second is non-verbal reasoning and the third is spatial reasoning.
The verbal reasoning section consists of a 10 minute practice test and 20 minutes test. The non-verbal and spatial reasoning sections are divided into smaller timed subtests taking 4-5 minutes each
Writing exercise of 40 minutes which includes 10 minutes of planning time. This will only be marked when looking at borderline cases, appeal.
Examiners NFER administered by GL Assessment
11+ Test Results Letters posted 1st class on Thursday 13th October 2016 and emails sent after 4pm
Pass Mark Children receive 3 standardised score, one for English, one for Maths and one for reasoning. In 2015, the threshold for the total score was 320, with no single score lower than 106
Allocations Wednesday 1st March 2017 (emails from 4pm, letters posted first class)
Admissions Kent County Council
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning
Non-verbal Reasoning
Mathematics
English

Pass mark: The minimum qualifying score in 2011 was an aggregate score of 360 across the Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and maths papers, with no paper scoring less than 119. Schools in East Kent allocate places by distance and therefore any mark over 360 is irrelevant beyond the fact that the child has qualified. Schools in West Kent (many of them the so-called “super-selectives”) allocate school places by score, in descending order and therefore the child’s final score is of critical importance. The English test is not marked.

Kent Raw Scores in 2010

Our thanks go to our 11+ Forum member “committed” for making a Freedom of Information request to Kent County Council to obtain the following information.

The table below shows the raw score (i.e. number of questions) a child needed to answer on the 2010 papers in order to achieve a final standardised score of either 120 or 140, depending on their age at the time of testing. The numbers will vary by a few percentage points each year, and they are therefore only a rough guideline.

Age at time of testing: 10 yrs old 10 yrs 6 mths 11 yrs old 10 yrs old 10 yrs 6 mths 11 yrs old
To achieve a score of: 120 120 120 140 140 140
Verbal Reasoning 36/80 (45%) 39/80 (49%) 42/80 (53%) 58/80 (73%) 61/80 (76%) 63/80 (79%)
Non-Verbal Reasoning 35/72 (49%) 37/72 (51%) 38/72 (53%) 48/72 (67%) 49/72 (68%) 50/72 (69%
Maths 24/50 (48%) 26/50 (52%) 27/50 (54%) 38/50 (76%) 39/50 (78%) 40/50 (80%)

The Kent Appeals System

Kent is unusual in operating a system of “Head teacher reviews”. A review can be submitted if a child has not qualified on score but was close to the pass mark or the Head teacher believes that the result was not representative of the child’s ability. The reviews take place before parents receive their child’s results.

The Head will submit a short report and samples of work which are then reviewed by a panel consisting of Primary and Secondary Head teachers or Deputy Heads. The review may result in the 11+ score being overturned and the child being deemed qualified.

If your child does not qualify, the Head does not seek a review or if the review is unsuccessful you still have the right to have your child’s case heard by an Independent Appeals Panel.

It is important that Kent parents who are also applying for grammar school places for their child at schools in Medway realise that the Review systems in Kent and Medway are entirely different. A failed review in Kent does not preclude you from asking for a full hearing in front of an Independent Appeal Panel, and submitting any evidence you wish to. In Medway the evidence you can present to a panel after a failed review is very much more limited.

For advice on how to prepare for an appeal please look at our Appeals Q&As

Kent Grammar School Information

Open Day information for Kent schools can be viewed on the Kent County Council website. Some dates are shown below:

School Gender Places Open Day
Barton Court Grammar School (Canterbury) Mixed Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 761 (125 offered)
Open Mornings Monday 14 March & Wednesday 16 March 2016
Borden Grammar School (Sittingbourne) Boys Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 247 (88 offered)
Tuesday 14th June 2016 6pm-8.15pm
Thursday 16th June 2016 10am-11.30am
Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
(previously Chatham House Grammar and Clarendon House Grammar,Ramsgate)
Mixed Places in Year 7:180
Applications in 2012: 512 (148 offered)
TBA
Cranbrook School Mixed Admission is at 13+ (Year 9), not 11+.
Places in Year 9: 150 (98 day, 52 boarding)
Applications in 2012: 229 (150 offered)
Wednesday 18th May 2016 at 7pm,
Wednesday 22nd June 2016 at 9am
Wednesday 21st September 2016 6pm to 8pm
Wednesday 9th November 2016, 6pm to 8pm
Dane Court Grammar School (Broadstairs) Mixed Places in Year 7: 165
Applications in 2012: 490 (165 offered)
TBA
Dartford Grammar School Boys Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 799 (150 offered)
Tuesday 28th June 2016 9am – 11am
Tuesday 4th October 2016
9am – 11am
Thursday 20th October 2016 at 6.30 pm
Dartford Grammar School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 160
Applications in 2012: 750 (150 offered)
Monday 4th July 2016
Dover Grammar School for Boys Boys N.B. Entrance to the school is via a pass in either the Kent test or the Dover test.
Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 332 (120 offered)
Thursday 28th April 2016 4pm-7pm
Thursday 30th June 2016 4pm-7pm
Dover Grammar School for Girls Girls N.B. Entrance to the school is via a pass in either the Kent test or the Dover test.
Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 394 (120 offered)
TBA
Gravesend Grammar School Boys Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 341 (150 offered)
TBA
Highsted School (Sittingbourne) Girls Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 279 (120 offered)
TBA
Highworth Grammar School (Ashford) Girls Places in Year 7: 184
Applications in 2012: 372 (180 offered)
Thursday 20th October 2016 6pm-8pm. Friday 21st October 2016 9-10.30am
Invicta Grammar School (Maidstone) Girls Places in Year 7: 192
Applications in 2012: 519 (157 offered)
Open Evening Wednesday 25 May 2016
Taster Morning Saturday 25 June 2016
Open Morning Tuesday 28 June 2016
Open Afternoon Tuesday 5 July 2016
Maidstone Grammar School Boys Places in Year 7: 175
Applications in 2012: 451 (175 offered)
TBA
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 180
Applications in 2012: 523 (140 offered)
Tuesday 12th & Thursday 14th July 2016 9am – 11am
Tuesday 11th October 2016
6pm – 9pm
Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th October 2016
9am – 11am
Wednesday 19th October 2016 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Mayfield Grammar School Grammar School for Girls) Girls Places in Year 7: 145 Applications in 2012: 280 (110 offered) TBA
Oakwood Park Grammar School Boys Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 405 (130 offered)
Tuesday 17th May 2016 6-8pm
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Mixed Places in Year 7: 140
Applications in 2012: 491 (140 offered)
TBA
Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School (Canterbury) Girls Places in Year 7: 155
Applications in 2012: 429 (155 offered)
Wednesday 22nd June 2016 9am
Friday 24th June 2016 9am
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (Canterbury) Boys Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 385 (120 offered)
TBA
Sir Roger Manwood’s School (Sandwich) Mixed Places in Year 7: 120 places: (114 day,6 boarding)
Applications in 2012: 382
TBA
The Folkestone School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 180
Applications for 2012: 395 (107 offered)
Thursday 7th July 2016
The Harvey Grammar School (Folkestone) Boys Places in Year7: 150
Applications in 2012: 324 (108 offered)
Wednesday 6 July 2016
6:30pm–9.00pm
The Judd School (Tonbridge) Boys Places in Year 7: 125
Applications in 2012: 564 (155 offered)
Thursday 30th June 2016 4.30pm-8.00pm
The Norton Knatchbull School (Ashford) Boys Places in Year 7: 149
Applications in 2012: 299 (160 offered)
TBA
The Skinners’ School (Tunbridge Wells) Boys Places in Year 7: 115
Applications in 2012: 560 (149 offered)
TBA
Tonbridge Grammar School Girls Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 594 (173 offered)
Thursday 23rd June 2016 9.30am – midday
Friday 14th October 2016 9.30am – midday
Tuesday 18th October 2016 5.30pm-8.30pm
Thursday 20th October 2016 9.30am–midday
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School Girls Places in Year 7: 140
Applications for in 2012: 462 (140 offered)
TBA
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys Boys Places in Year 7: 180
Applications in 2012: 543 (180 offered)
Friday 7 October 2016
Monday 17 October 2016
Tours at 10:30, 11:30 & 13:45 on both days
Weald of Kent Grammar School Girls Places in Year 7: 175
Applications in 2012: 624 (175 offered)
Monday 4th July 2016
9.30am to 11.30am
Thursday 6th October 2016 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Friday 14 October 2016
9:30am to 11:30am
Tuesday 18 October 2016
9:30am to 11:30am
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys Boys Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 661 (120 offered)
TBA
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 641 (120 offered)
TBA

Partially Selective Schools in Kent

School Gender Places
Archbishop’s School (Canterbury) Mixed Selects 15% of pupils on general ability
Homewood School Mixed 360 places in Year 7. Selects 20% of pupils (72 places) on general ability and 10% on musical aptitude.
Westlands School (Sittingbourne) Mixed 285 places in Year 7. Selects 10% of pupils (29 places) on mathematical aptitude.

For further information about Kent Grammar Schools and to have your questions answered please visit the Kent section of our 11+ Forum .

If you are able to contribute further information to this page (and we are always grateful for contributions from those with local knowledge), please contact us.

Information on this page was believed to be correct at the time of writing, but we would not necessarily be aware of subsequent changes unless someone brings them to our attention.
Before acting on any information given here, please verify that it is up to date.

Page updated on 2nd July 2016

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