Congrats to your granddaughter for aceing the Kent test.
My DD would be taking the eleven plus next year only, but as we live in Orpington and would be taking the Newstead exam, I have been information gathering from various sources
We only have 2 grammars here :- St.Olaves for boys and Newstead for girls. But the comprehensive school Darrick Wood is very good too and I would definitely be placing that as one of my choices next year, as we are in the catchment area.
We went to the open day at Newstead this year, and they mentioned that maximum distance has been changed from 7 miles to 9 miles. So hence the competition gets a bit more tougher
. This covers a lot of areas as far as Croydon. I have heard that around 700 plus girls sat the exam last year of which 130 were deemed selective. Yes, there is definitely more than one class of Year 7.
I wish someone who has a child studying at Newstead would come by and give more information.