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.
The New Kent Test ( for admissions 2015)
The test in Kent will continue to be written by GL Assessment. There will be 2 multiple choice papers. One testing reasoning ( verbal & non-verbal) and the other testing literacy and numeracy. The test will vary from year to year so it is less predictable. There will continue to be a writing task but will be shorter. This will not be marked but looked at in the event of borderline cases.
More information will be available in May 2014
Admissions Information for September 2014
|Closing date for Test application||Monday 1st July 2013
(Registration from Monday 3rd June 2013)
|Closing date for Common Application Form||31 October 2013|
|11+ test dates||For Kent Primary Schools Pupils
Wednesday 11th September 2013 & Thursday 12th September 2013
|For Primary Pupils Outside of Kent
Saturday 14th September 2013, (practice test Saturday 7th Sept 2013)
|Test Types||Verbal Reasoning (50 minutes)|
|Non-Verbal Reasoning (40 minutes)|
|Maths (60 minutes)|
|All the above are GL Assessment (NFER) , multiple choice format.|
|Writing exercise – this is not marked; it is only looked in the event of an appeal. This is not by NFER|
|Examiners||NFER administered by GL Assessment|
|11+ Test Results||Letters posted on Wednesday 16th October 2013. For registrations that were made online, emails will be sent after 4pm on the same day.|
|Pass Mark||Varies by school (see note below)|
|Allocations||Monday 3rd March 2014 (emails from 4pm, letters posted first class)|
|Acceptance||You must accept or refuse the place offered Friday by 21st March 2014.|
|Admissions||Kent County Council|
|Recommended Practice Materials||Verbal Reasoning|
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:
|Barton Court Grammar School (Canterbury)||Mixed||Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 761 (125 offered)
|Taster Day Sat 29th June 2013|
|Borden Grammar School (Sittingbourne)||Boys||Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 247 (88 offered)
|Tuesday 18th June 2013 (eve)
Thursday 20th June 2012 (a.m.)
|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)
|Autumn 2013 (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)
|Thursday 27th June 2013|
|Dane Court Grammar School (Broadstairs)||Mixed||Places in Year 7: 165
Applications in 2012: 490 (165 offered)
|Wednesday 23rd October 2013|
|Dartford Grammar School||Boys||Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 799 (150 offered)
|Tuesday 25th June 2013(a.m.)|
|Dartford Grammar School for Girls||Girls||Places in Year 7: 160
Applications in 2012: 750 (150 offered)
|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)
|Wednesday 5th June 2013|
|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)
|Open Evening – Tues 11th June 2013.
School tours – Wed 12th & Thurs 13th June 2013
|Gravesend Grammar School||Boys||Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 341 (150 offered)
|Information Evenings – 25th & 27th June 2013. Open evenings- October|
|Highsted School (Sittingbourne)||Girls||Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 279 (120 offered)
|Thurs 13th June 2013|
|Highworth Grammar School (Ashford)||Girls||Places in Year 7: 184
Applications in 2012: 372 (180 offered)
|Invicta Grammar School (Maidstone)||Girls||Places in Year 7: 192
Applications in 2012: 519 (157 offered)
|Wed 15th May 2013 (eve). Taster morning- Sat 29th June 2013. Tours – 25th & 27th June 2013|
|Maidstone Grammar School||Boys||Places in Year 7: 175
Applications in 2012: 451 (175 offered)
|Open mornings – 18 & 22 October
Open evening – 24 October 2013
|Maidstone Grammar School for Girls||Girls||Places in Year 7: 180
Applications in 2012: 523 (140 offered)
|October 2013 (TBA)|
|Mayfield Grammar School (previously Gravesend Grammar School for Girls)||Girls||Places in Year 7: 145 Applications in 2012: 280 (110 offered)||TBA|
|Oakwood Park Grammar School (Maidstone)||Boys||Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 405 (130 offered)
|7th May 2013|
|Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School||Mixed||Places in Year 7: 140
Applications in 2012: 491 (140 offered)
|Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School (Canterbury)||Girls||Places in Year 7: 155
Applications in 2012: 429 (155 offered)
|Tuesday 25th June(am), Thursday 27th June afternoon)
Open sessions, afternoons:15th & 17th October 2013. Mornings:16th & 18th October 2013
|Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (Canterbury)||Boys||Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 385 (120 offered)
|Sir Roger Manwood’s School (Sandwich)||Mixed||Places in Year 7: 120 places: (114 day,6 boarding)
Applications in 2012: 382
|September 2013 (TBA)|
|The Folkestone School for Girls||Girls||Places in Year 7: 180
Applications for 2012: 395 (107 offered)
|The Harvey Grammar School (Folkestone)||Boys||Places in Year7: 150
Applications in 2012: 324 (108 offered)
|Wed 10th July 2013|
|The Judd School (Tonbridge)||Boys||Places in Year 7: 125
Applications in 2012: 564 (155 offered)
|Open session – Tuesday 9th July 2013.
Open Eve – Autumn 2013
|The Norton Knatchbull School (Ashford)||Boys||Places in Year 7: 149
Applications in 2012: 299 (160 offered)
|18th & 25th September 2013|
|The Skinners’ School (Tunbridge Wells)||Boys||Places in Year 7: 115
Applications in 2012: 560 (149 offered)
|Open morning – 1st, 2nd, 3rd July , 10th & 17th October 2013
Open Evening – Thurs 3rd October 2013
|Tonbridge Grammar School||Girls||Places in Year 7: 150
Applications in 2012: 594 (173 offered)
|Open mornings- Thurs 2oth June 2013
Tours – November 2013
|Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School||Girls||Places in Year 7: 140
Applications for in 2012: 462 (140 offered)
|Wed 26th September 2012|
|Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys||Boys||Places in Year 7: 180
Applications in 2012: 543 (180 offered)
|Mon 7th October 2013 . Tours – 11th & 14th October 2013|
|Weald of Kent Grammar School||Girls||Places in Year 7: 175
Applications in 2012: 624 (175 offered)
|Open morning- Monday 1st July 2013|
|Wilmington Grammar School for Boys||Boys||Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 661 (120 offered)
|Thursday 20th June 2013|
|Wilmington Grammar School for Girls||Girls||Places in Year 7: 120
Applications in 2012: 641 (120 offered)
|Thurs 4th July 2013
& Oct 2013
Partially Selective Schools in Kent
|Archbishop’s School (Canterbury)||Mixed||Selects 15% of pupils on general ability|
|Chaucer School||Mixed||235 places in Year 7. Selects 15% of pupils (35 places) on general ability or aptitude in technology.|
|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.
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Page updated on 25th April 2013