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 October 31st 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.
The Chatham Grammar Schools will continue to accept children who pass either the Medway or Kent tests.
Admissions Information for September 2014 entry
|Closing date for applications||Monday 1st July 2013 -Test registration
(registration opens Monday 3rd June 2013)
|31st October 2013 for the Common Application Form|
|11+ test dates||Tuesday 17th September 2013 (extended writing) & Wednesday 18th September 2013 (Maths and Verbal Reasoning).
These dates are for children attending Medway primary schools which have opted to undertake the test
|Saturday 21st September 2013 – 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 Extended Writing – usually an essay 40 mins plus 10 mins planning|
|Examiners||NFER administered by GL Assessment|
|Previous Year’s Pass Mark||The qualifying mark in 2010 was 521 and in 2011 was 508. (*See below for how the pass mark is calculated.)|
|11+ Test Results||Posted by letter on Friday 4th October 2013 and email after 4pm (for those who registered online.)|
|11+ Test Review||Requests to review your child’s 11+ result must be made by Friday 11th October 2013. Reviews will take place on 16th & 17th October 2013.|
|11+ Test Review Results||Results of review decisions will be posted by letter by Friday 25th October 2013|
|Allocations Day||3rd March 2014|
|Acceptance, Appeals||Offer of place to be accepted, refused or appeals lodged by 31st March 2014|
|Re-allocation of Places on waiting list||Week commencing Monday 7th April 2014|
|Admissions||Medway Council Tel: 01634 331110.
|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:
- The Verbal Reasoning test score is given a weighting of 1
- 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|
|TOTAL WEIGHTED SCORE||594|
|Chatham Grammar School for Boys||Boys||120 places in Year 7||Tuesday 8th October 2013 (eve)|
|Chatham Grammar School for Girls||Girls||142 places in Year 7||Saturday 12th October (a.m), Thursday 17th October (eve). Open week – Monday 21-Friday 25 October 2013|
|Fort Pitt Grammar School (Chatham)||Girls||120 places in Year 7||TBA|
|Rainham Mark Grammar School (Gillingham)||Mixed||175 places in Year 7||Thursday 10th Ocotber 2013 (eve) & Saturday 12th October 2013 (a.m)|
|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 8th October 2013 (eve) / 9th & 10th October 2013 (a.m)|
|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.
If your child is deemed non-selective and you feel the scores do not reflect your child’s ability, you can request a review. You will be sent an information leaflet and form to complete with the test results. The form must be returned to the Admissions Team by 11th October 2013. We recommend that the decision to submit a review request is discussed with your child’s school, but it is a parental decision.
Your child’s primary school will be asked to provide work from the last two terms in Year 5 and the first term in Year 6 in Maths, Science and English . This work has to be submitted by Tuesday 15th October. The reviews will take place on 16th & 17th October 2013. Supplementary material supplied by parents or other agencies will not be admissible. A panel will consider all the review requests. The panel is made up of senior representatives of Medway schools. The panel will decide if the work demonstrates that your child is of grammar school ability and a number of children will be deemed selective through this process. The result of the review will be sent to you by 25 October 2013 before submission of your preferences. You do not have to undertake a review in order to appeal against the non-selective decision.
If your child does not gain the score at testing to be deemed selective and was either not successful at review, or you chose not to undertake a review, then you can appeal against the decision to refuse admission to a selective school to an independent appeal panel. Details will be sent with your school allocation letter on 3rd March 2014. You can submit more than one appeal simultaneously, but can only appeal for schools listed on your secondary transfer form. Letters of support from head teachers or other representatives of the school being appealed for are not admissible.
If you decide to request a review of your child’s test results it is important to note that the Appeals Panel will only be able to consider whether the review was carried out in a fair, consistent and objective way. Only if there is evidence that it was not fair, consistent and objective may the panel then consider any factors which you contend may have affected your child’s performance and any evidence you wish to present to support your claim that your child is of the required academic standard. If you go straight to appeal without a review of your child’s test results the panel will be able to consider these factors.
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 30th April 2013