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Thursday, 28 January 2021 17:47

Kent Test and Headteacher Assessment for Entry in September 2021: Further Analysis

Index

Kent Test Pass and Overall Selection Rate
State Schools
Although the number of children inYear Six of Kent primary schools has risen by 234, the number taking the Kent Test has fallen by 690 since 2019, a decline of nearly 8%, surely down entirely to the pandemic, with many children having missed a great deal of education. Not surprisingly, the Test pass proportion remains very similar to the previous year, pass marks having been set to achieve this. However, there is a distinct fall in the number of boys considered for and being successful at the HTA, which reflects the lack of evidence available, as seen further in the HTA table below.  
Kent State Schools Grammar Assessments 2020
for Admission in September 2021:
  2020 2019
  Boys Girls Total Boys % Girls % Total %
boys
girls 
total 
boys
%
girls
%
Total
%
Year Six
9168 8956 18124 51%   49% 9064 8826 17890
51%
49%
 
Sat Test
4858 5134 9992 53%  57%  55.1%  5223
5469
10682
58%
62%
59.7%
Test Pass
1694 1639 3333 19% 18% 18.4% 1781
1545
3326
20%
18%
18.6%
HTA
860 1113 1973 9%  12%  10.9% 
958
1102
2060
11% 
13%
11.5%
HTA Passes 441 598 1039 5% 7% 5.7% 519 640 1159 6%  7%  6.5% 
Total Passes
2135 2237 4372 23.3% 25.0% 24.1%
2300
2185
4485
25.3% 
24.8%
25.1%
 
 Private Schools
Because KCC does not have access to the data of pupil numbers in private schools, it uses the smaller figure of the number of pupils taking the test in its calculation of the pass mark. It has for many years combined the two when calculating a pass mark to give an outcome of around 25%. If it decided to change this policy as does Medway, using only state school numbers to calculate the pass mark, it would simply have to raise the pass mark to keep the number of successful candidates from both sectors the same.
 
Some of the private school successes will not take up grammar school places, preferring to remain private, but having used the Kent Test to establish their child's ability. 
 
Kent Grammar School Assessments 2020
for Admission in September 2021: Private Schools
  2020 2019
  Boys Girls Total Boys % Girls % Total %
boys
girls 
total 
boys
%
girls
%
Total
%
Sat Test
354 372 726     368 301 669    
Test Pass
219 233 452 62% 63% 62%
227
174 401 62%
58%
60%
HTA
70 67 137 20%  19%  19%  83 56 139
23% 
19%
21%
HTA Passes 31 25 56 9% 8% 8% 31 24 55 8%  8%  8% 
Total Passes
250 258 508 71% 69% 70%
258
198 456
70% 
66%
68%
 
As can be seen from the table, the main change is in the large number of additional girls in private schools who have taken the test, with 60 of these going on to pass it. I have no particular explanation for this phenomenon, it could be additional girls in those schools, or parents being unable to afford private secondary education, opting for a state grammar school if possible, instead.
Next: District Variation in Passes

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