11 Plus Schools

Kent 11 Plus

The Schools Admissions Code, that came into effect in 2012, stated that by law, schools must take all reasonable steps to inform parents of the outcome of tests before the closing deadline for the Common Application form (CAF) on October 31st.

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); however the school has decided to allocate 30 places for entry in Year 7 for day places only. This will take effect in September 2016.

The Dover Grammar schools have their own test (the Dover Test) and The Folkestone School also has it’s own test (the 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.)

In previous years, the Kent and Medway test results were transferable. Candidates only had to sit one test even if they were applying to schools in the two counties. The tests now are kept separate.

Mayfield Grammar School admits girls through the Mayfield procedure where girls have been unsuccessful in the Kent testing procedure. If parents wish their daughter to take the Mayfield tests in addition to the Kent test they will need to obtain a registration form directly from the school. Testing will take place on Saturday 9th September 2017.
The assessment tests will compromise:
- of a computer based test which will assess verbal ability, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning.
- An English paper to assess reading and writing skills (not computer based and not multiple choice).

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 2018

Closing date for Test application 3rd July 2017
Registration opens 1st June 2017
Closing date for Common Application Form 31st October 2017
11+ test dates For Kent Primary school pupils
Thursday 7th September 2017
For Primary school pupils outside Kent
Saturday 9th September 2017
Test Types The Kent test involves 2 papers multiple choice format, with a separate answer sheet.
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. For example, questions containing a sentence with a word missing or questions asking you to spot the mistake in a sentence.
The maths test will contain questions covering topics taught up to the start of year 6. A small number of questions might be a little more difficult.
Second test is a reasoning paper which has three sections;
verbal reasoning ( ability to think using words and symbols
non-verbal reasoning (the ability to think about the relationship between shapes and patterns.
spatial reasoning (how well you can manipulate shapes and space in your head)
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.
Kent Test booklet
Examiners NFER administered by GL Assessment
11+ Test Results Letters posted 1st class on Thursday 13th October 2016 and emails sent after 4pm. Parents can also view results on Kent County Council
Pass Mark Children receive 3 standardised score, one for English, one for Maths and one for reasoning. The threshold for the total score is 320, with no single score lower than 106. The lowest possible score in each test is 69 and the highest is 141. The highest possible total score is 423
2016 Kent Test scores report
2015 Kent Test scores report
Allocations Wednesday 1st March 2018 (emails from 4pm, letters posted first class)
Appeals You cannot appeal against a Kent Test result, only against a decision not to be awarded a grammar school place.
Kent Appeals Booklet
Admissions Kent County Council
Recommended Practice Materials Verbal Reasoning
Non-verbal Reasoning
Number taking the test Passed in Kent Passed outside Kent Total passed
2017 entry 15,253 4,369 2,145 6,537
2016 entry 14,486 4,282 1,966 6,259
2015 entry 13,274 4,043 1,696 5,753

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 Appeals outcomes

2016 2015 2014
Appeals held Number % Upheld Number % Upheld Number % Upheld
Kent Non-selective 425 41% 484 30% 335 33%
Kent Grammar 1756 34% 1587 37% 1667 42%

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)
Admissions Policy
Mixed Places in Year 7: 150 11+ Mornings Monday 13th March & Wednesday 15th March 2017
Borden Grammar School (Sittingbourne)
Admissions policy 2018
Boys Places in Year 7: 120 TBC
Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
(previously Chatham House Grammar and Clarendon House Grammar,Ramsgate)
Mixed Places in Year 7:180 TBA
Cranbrook School
Day Admissions Policy 2018
Mixed Places in Year 7: 30 day places (0 boarding)
Places in Year 9: 110 day places (52 boarding)
Info evening Wednesday 17th May 2017
School in Action day Wednesday 22nd June 2017
Year 7 & 9 open morning Wednesday 20th September 2017
Year 7 open morning 22nd September 2017 & 17th October 2017
Year 9 open morning 26th & 27th September 2017
Dane Court Grammar School (Broadstairs) Mixed Places in Year 7: 165 TBA
Dartford Grammar School Boys Places in Year 7: 180 Tuesday 28th June 2016 9am – 11am
Tuesday 27th June 2017
Dartford Grammar School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 180 Monday 4th July 2016
Dover Grammar School for Boys
Admissions Policy 2018
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
Thursday 28th April 2016 4pm – 7pm
Thursday 30th June 2016 4pm – 7pm
Dover Grammar School for 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
Gravesend Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Boys Places in Year 7: 150 TBA
Highsted School (Sittingbourne) Girls Places in Year 7: 120 TBA
Highworth Grammar School (Ashford) Girls Places in Year 7: 184 Thursday 20th October 2016 6pm – 8pm. Friday 21st October 2016 9am – 10.30am
Invicta Grammar School (Maidstone) Girls Places in Year 7: 192 Open Evening Wednesday 24th May 2017
Taster Morning Saturday 24th June 2017
Open Morning Tuesday 27th June 2017
Open Afternoon Tuesday 4th July 2017
Maidstone Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Boys Places in Year 7: 205 20th October 2016 4pm – 8pm
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 180 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
Admissions Policy 2018
Girls Places in Year 7: 145 Applications in 2012: 280 (110 offered) Wednesday 18th October 2017 1.30pm – 2.45pm
Thursday 19th October 2017 9am & 6pm
Oakwood Park Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Boys Places in Year 7: 160 Tuesday 17th May 2016 6pm – 8pm
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Mixed Places in Year 7: 140 TBA
Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School (Canterbury) Girls Places in Year 7: 165 Wednesday 22nd June 2016 9am
Friday 24th June 2016 9am
Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (Canterbury) Boys Places in Year 7: 120 TBA
Sir Roger Manwood’s School (Sandwich) Mixed Places in Year 7: 150 places: (142 day,8 boarding) TBA
The Folkestone School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 180 Thursday 7th July 2016
The Harvey Grammar School (Folkestone) Boys Places in Year7: 150 Wednesday 6 July 2016
6.30pm – 9pm
The Judd School (Tonbridge) Boys Places in Year 7: 155 Thursday 30th June 2016 4.30pm – 8pm
The Norton Knatchbull School (Ashford) Boys Places in Year 7: 149 TBA
The Skinners’ School (Tunbridge Wells) Boys Places in Year 7: 150 TBA
Tonbridge Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Girls Places in Year 7: 180 Thursday 22nd June 2017 9.30am – midday
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School Girls Places in Year 7: 140 22nd September 2016 5.30pm – 8.30pm
12th October 2016 11am – 12.30pm
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys Boys Places in Year 7: 180 Friday 7 October 2016
Monday 17 October 2016
Tours at 10.30am, 11.30am & 1.45pm on both days
Weald of Kent Grammar School
Admissions Policy 2018
Girls Places in Year 7: 265 Open morning Monday 3rd July 2017
9.30am – 11.30am
Open evening Thursday 5th October 2017 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Open morning Friday 13th October 2017
9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday 17th October 2017
9.30am – 11.30am
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys Boys Places in Year 7: 150 Tuesday 20th October 2016
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls Girls Places in Year 7: 150 Open evening: Monday 17th October 2016 6pm – 8.30pm
Open day: Tuesday 18th October 2016

Partially Selective Schools in Kent

School Gender Places
Archbishop’s School (Canterbury) Mixed Selects 15% of pupils on general ability
Homewood School Mixed 390 places in Year 7. Selects 20% of pupils (78 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 11th March 2017


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