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Monday, 25 March 2013 23:25

Cranbrook School

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Cranbrook School has now concluded its consultation about changing the age of entry from 13 to 11 and governors have agreed in principle to go ahead using the Kent 11 plus as the basis for admission to the school, preference being given to those living within the school catchment area.  I am delighted to learn this, having counselled many unhappy families over the years who were and still are trying to cope with the results of the anomaly. As is the nature with such things, the proposed date to start the new entry at eleven has slipped another year to September 2016.

I explained the background to the current unique age of entry in Kent in an article a year ago at the start of the consultation........

 As a retired grammar school headteacher who took his school through the same process some years ago, I am well aware of the uncertainties, especially around funding for the required building extensions. If the relevant approvals are forthcoming, and there is clearly a strong case for this to happen, there will need to be a double entry age for September 2016 and 2017 at eleven and thirteen, so that no children are disadvantaged and the school can operate as a fully 11-18 school from September 2018.

As explained in my article this is going to have a considerable effect on admission patterns, as at present a high proportion of the day intake comes from three local private schools. Historically, children in the state system were expected to attend the local Angley School in Cranbrook with the ablest then transferring  to Cranbrook at 13, but this has been discouraged recently by Angley, and the entrance test became ratcheted up in terms of required performance. As a result families of local able state school children who don't wish to join the High Weald Academy, replacement for the failed Angley School, are currently forced to look elsewhere to grammar schools in Maidstone, Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells. This will stop, except for those chasing super selective places, although the cut off distance for successful applicants, currently within the priority catchment area, will inevitably shrink further if the Planned Admission Number of 98 day children is retained (there are also 52 boarding places awarded annually).





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  • Comment Link Thursday, 21 September 2017 14:54 posted by Pete Wain

    Here's a map showing the Cranbrook School Catchment Area: PETER: Thank you.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 27 March 2013 12:30 posted by Katie Buckland

    Fantastic news! Finally the uncertainty that currently exists for our state educated children when reaching 11 will cease, and we can move forward confident that our children have been placed in the right school for them. Rather than facing 2 years in limbo....Peter: I completely agree but don't celebrate just yet. There are several hurdles, especially money, to overcome. However, all looks very logical, as this clears up an anomaly, so I anticipate it will go through.

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