11 Plus Schools

Medway 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 31st October 2012.

Medway has six grammar schools, and one bilateral school (The Howard School).

Admissions criteria for the various schools differ, with some using distance from the school as a primary criterion, while others use the score achieved in the 11+ tests as the over-subscription criterion. It is therefore essential that parents check the admissions policies for each school extremely carefully before deciding on the rank order of schools for the Common Application Form.

The Appeals process in Medway is both complex and controversial.

Children will take the test at their own primary school in Medway. Children from outside the area and those attending Medway primary schools that opted not to run the test, will take the 11+ at an independent centre. See below for more details.

The Medway test is to be used for Medway Grammar Schools only and the Kent test is to be used only for Kent Grammar Schools. The results will not be transferable as in previous years.

The Chatham Grammar Schools will continue to accept children who pass either the Medway or Kent tests.

Admissions Information for September 2017 entry

Opening date for applications Wednesday 1st June 2016
Closing date for applications Friday 1 July 2016
31st October 2016 for the Common Application Form
11+ test dates Tuesday 13th September 2016 & Wednesday 14th September 2016
These dates are for children attending Medway primary schools which have opted to undertake the test
Saturday 17 September 2016 – In test centres for children attending primary schools which have opted not to undertake the test and out of area applicants
Test Types Verbal Reasoning 50 mins, Maths 50 mins (both Multiple Choice) and English (extended writing) – usually an essay 40 mins plus 10 mins planning
Examiners NFER administered by GL Assessment
Previous Year’s Pass Mark There is no pass mark, but is set at the 23rd percentile of the Medway cohort. The qualifying mark in 2010 was 521 and in 2011 was 508. (*See below for how the pass mark is calculated)
Standardised Score? Yes
11+ Test Results Posted by letter on Friday 30 September 2016 and emails after 4pm (for those who registered online)
11+ Test Review Requests to review your child’s 11+ result must be made by Friday 7 October 2016 . Reviews will take place Between Wednesday 12 and
Friday 14 October 2016
11+ Test Review Results Results of review decisions will be posted by letter by Friday 21 October 2016
Allocations Day 1st March 2017
Acceptance, Appeals Offer of place to be accepted, refused or appeals lodged by Wednesday 29 March 2017
Re-allocation of Places on waiting list Week commencing Monday 10 April 2017 until Sunday 31 December 2017
Admissions Medway Council
Tel: 01634 331110
Email: admissions@medway.gov.uk
Find more information in the Medway Council admissions booklet
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning

The pass mark in Medway is calculated as follows. Firstly the scores are standardised, giving a minimum score of 70 and a maximum score of 140. Then the individual test scores are weighted as follows:

  1. The Verbal Reasoning test score is given a weighting of 1
  2. The Maths and Extended Writing task are given a weighting of 2

Thus the test effectively consists of 20 percent Verbal Reasoning, 40 percent Mathematics and 40 percent English.

Subject Standardised Score Weighted Score
Verbal Reasoning 122 122
Mathematics 117 234
Extended Writing 119 238

School Information

School Gender Places Open Day
Chatham Grammar School for Boys Boys 120 places in Year 7 Tuesday 6th October 2016 5.30pm- 9.00pm
Chatham Grammar School for Girls Girls 142 places in Year 7 TBA
Fort Pitt Grammar School (Chatham) Girls 120 places in Year 7 Thursday 6th October 2016 6-9pm. Open mornings 17th-20th October 2016 9.00 -11.00 am.
Rainham Mark Grammar School (Gillingham) Mixed 205 places in Year 7 Thursday 6th October 5pm-7.30pm
Saturday 8th October 2016 10am-12pm
Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School (Rochester) Boys 168 places in Year 7 TBA
The Howard School (Rainham) Boys Bilateral School, 250 places in Year 7 of which 25% are selective. Tuesday 4th October 2016 5.30pm-8pm. Open mornings 13th & 14th October 2016 8.35 am
The Rochester Grammar School Girls 175 places in Year 7 (10 more places than for 2012 admission) TBA

The Medway Review and Appeals Process

If your child is not successful in the Medway test and you wish to appeal against their result, you have two choices. You can apply for a Review of your child’s case or you can Appeal. If you have applied for a Review and it is not successful an Appeal can only be heard if there was a technical fault in the way that the Review was conducted.

The following extract from the Medway admissions brochure details the process of Reviews and Appeals in the County.


Where a child does not achieve the minimum score required, parents/carers can ask for the assessment decision to be reconsidered at an academic review.

For each review case, samples of work from the last two terms of Year 5 and the first term of Year 6 will be requested from the child’s current school in the following areas: English, Maths and Science.

A series of panels will consider all review requests. The review panels are made up of senior representatives from Medway grammar schools and Medway primary/junior schools. The review process will identify a number of children (usually equivalent to up to 2% of the Medway cohort) who will then be assessed as suitable for admission to a Medway grammar school.

If they wish to request a review, parents/carers must submit the request (using the form provided with the assessment decision letter) by the deadline date. Primary/junior schools will be requested to submit review work by 10am on the published date.

Review decisions will be sent to parents/carers by letter on the published date (as shown above). No review decisions are sent via e-mail.


Parents/carers must…submit any appeal request by [30th March 2015]. At this stage parents/carers can only appeal for the schools that they originally named on their application form.

To ensure that the process is made easier for parents/carers, a standard appeal form for any school they named will be included with the offer letter (for those schools/academies that have agreed to use such a form). Appeal requests for Academies, Foundation and VA schools must be lodged with the Clerk of the Governors at the relevant school/academy.

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 22nd July 2016