What You Need to Know About Eleven Plus Exams In Kent
Kent has the largest volume of grammar schools in the UK with thirty-five completely selective grammar schools and four partially selective grammar schools.
Kent secondary grammar schools generally pick the highest scores for placement in each of the respective schools and usually that involves only the top 25%. Passing the eleven plus exam in Kent does not come with a guarantee that your child will place in any one of the Kent grammar schools and Kent is known to be fiercely competitive for grammar school places.
The eleven plus exam in Kent is only for Kent residents but will offer ‘out of county’ residents a place in the selected grammar schools only after careful consideration is taken. Keep in mind the location of the chosen school if you are out of the area, how your child will get there, and if you believe your child would be able to pass the test after careful consideration of the test criteria. Speak with the grammar schools directly for advice on admissions.
Kent Grammar Schools
To register for the eleven plus exam in Kent, the Kent County Council has a very clear website that can be used for online registration. Click Here to view.
Due to the demand on grammar school places, it is best to carefully choose which grammar schools you select for any admissions application. Once you have your initial selection, heavily research the schools to determine if your child would have been successful in previous years to gauge chances of success. There are limited grammar schools that can be listed on your application form and it is best to choose wisely which schools you apply to. Use the school websites as a starting point using the links below.
Be careful also when completing the Common Application Form. The admissions requirements differs for nearly every school in the region and requires a lot of studying on your part to make sure you meet the criteria for acceptance.
The grammar schools in Kent are:
- Barton Court Grammar School (Canterbury)
- Borden Grammar School (Sittingbourne)
- Chatham & Claredon Grammar School (previously Chatham House and Claredon House Grammar) (Ramsgate)
- Cranbrook School (Cranbrook)
- Dane Court Grammar School (Broadstairs)
- Dartford Grammar School (Dartford)
- Dartford Grammar School For Girls (Dartford)
- Dover Grammar School For Boys (Dover)
- Dover Grammar School For Girls (Dover)
- Gravesend Grammar School
- Highsted School (Sittingbourne)
- Highworth Grammar School (Ashford)
- Invicta Grammar School (Maidstone)
- Maidstone Grammar School (Maidstone)
- Maidstone Grammar School For Girls (Maidstone)
- Mayfield Grammar School For Girls (Mayfield)
- Oakwood Park Grammar School (Oakwood)
- Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School
- Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School (Canterbury)
- Simon Langton Grammar School For Boys (Canterbury)
- Sir Roger Manwood’s School (Sandwich)
- The Folkestone School For Girls (Folkestone)
- The Harvey Grammar School (Folkestone)
- The Judd School (Tonbridge)
- The Norton Knatchbull School (Ashford)
- The Skinner’s School (Tunbrudge Wells)
- Tonbridge Grammar School (Tonbridge)
- Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School (Tunbridge Wells)
- Tunbridge Wells Grammar School For Boys (Tunbridge Wells)
- Weald Of Kent Grammar School (Weald)
- Wilmington Grammar School For Boys (Wilmington)
- Wilmington Grammar School For Girls (Wilmington)
Cranbrook School has, of September 2016, changed the age of entry to the school. Previously in Year 9 (13 years old) it has now been dropped to Year 7 (11 years old). It is now in line with all the other grammar schools in the region.
Dover Grammar schools and The Folkestone School have their own eleven plus exam. The exam tests Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, KS2 Maths & English. Both these schools accept children who pass the ‘Kent Test’ and it is not a requirement to pass both.
Eleven Plus in Kent Exam Criteria
The 11+ in Kent is sat at the beginning of September in Year 6 and follows the NFER guidelines.
The first part of the exam will focus on English and Math in multiple-choice answer form. The entire first part of the test will take approximately one hour and each sub-test about twenty-five minutes.
The second part of the test is based on Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning which will also be in multiple-choice answer format and will last approximately one hour with practice tests in between.
As mentioned previously, the grammar schools’ acceptance criteria across the region is in the top 25-30% of all students taking the exam so there are occasions when a high performing child might not pass. Kent has a unique ‘Head teacher Review’ system where, in the event of not qualifying but was close to the pass mark, or the Head teacher thinks that the child has not performed to their capability, they can review the exam and submit evidence to support a child’s application and look to overturn the result.
What Kind Of Eleven Plus Tests Will My Child Take?
The eleven plus exam in Kent is tested using the NFER format. There are four areas tested within this which include:
- Verbal reasoning – Involves the candidate thinking about text and words, solving sequences and other problems. Candidates must have a broad vocabulary and a good understanding of English grammar to pass this.
- Non-verbal reasoning – Involves the candidate thinking about diagrams and pictures as well as solving the problems related to these items. The exam also demands some mathematical reasoning, but it does not place too much emphasis on written language.
- Mathematics and English – While not used by many local authorities as compared to verbal and non-verbal exams, expect their requirements to be quite high if used.
So What Next
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