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Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

Full Kent Test results, plus Headteacher Assessment and Out of County results

I have prepared a variety of statistics relating to the Kent Test, published below along with my comments. I am awaiting some more data on individual scores and will publish another article when I receive these. 


  • 21% of children in the "selective areas" of Kent gained an automatic pass, the target figure. To achieve this the pass standard varied slightly from the two previous years, being fixed at a minimum aggregate score of 360 and at least 118 in each of the three papers. Another 5.8% of children in these areas of Kent secured grammar school assessments through Headteacher Assessment, target 5%.
  • In spite of an increase of 183 in the number of out of county 11 plus passes, I estimate there will be no significant increase in last year's 335 ooc children taking up places in Kent grammar schools. 
  • Around 50% of Head Teacher Assessments were successful. As usual, the proportion of referrals and the percentage of passes is highest in the East and lowest in the West of Kent. Nearly 40% more girls than boys were found of grammar school ability by this route. This balances out the higher number of boys passing the test and gives very similar proportion of boys and girls passing overall......... 

A breakdown of out of county passes shows that the increase of 183 is almost wholly due to more children from the London Borough passing. These will be mainly looking for places at the four Dartford grammars, who give main priority to local children. It is therefore unlikely that the number of out of county children taking up places in Kent grammar schools will increase.  In any case, last year, the 335 out of county children who took up places in Kent grammar schools were partly balanced by the 154 Kent children going to out of county grammar schools. 

Kent Grammar School Assessments for Year 6 children, for Admission in September 2014*




 % boys    

 % girls    

 Total %    

Attending primary schools In area


6642 13372 50% 50% 100%

In area who sat test**


4228 8204 48% 52% 100%

Automatic Pass


1311 2792 22.0% 19.7% 20.9%

Headteacher Assessments


856 1492

Headteacher Assessment pass  


450 773 4.8% 6.8% 5.8%

Total In area Passes



3565 26.8% 26.5% 26.7%

Out area who sat test




Automatic Pass




Headteacher Assessments




Headteacher Assessment Pass




Total Out Area Passes


177 418

Total Kent Passes*


1938 3983

Out of County Tested


1346 2765

Out of County Automatic Pass


620 1401

OOC Headteacher Assessment





39 41 80

Total OOC Passes*




* Total figures slightly different from supporting data, reflecting adjustments. Figures relate to place of school attended, rather than place of residence. Allocation figures in March are based on place of residence. You will find the equivalent figures for the September 2012 tests here

 ** the in area or "selective areas" are those parts of Kent which were historically served by grammar schools, before freedom of choice legislation removed their significance.

Details of Out of County applications and passes

As in previous years, there has been much hysterical debate in the media about the likely impact of the  out of county children who passed the Kent eleven plus. However, as I have forecast previously, the impact is again likely to be much less than other commentators have claimed. The real picture is as follows:

Sat Test Found selective
% passed of those
who sat Test
Medway boys 128 58 45%
girls 136 35 26%
Bexley boys 361 196 54%
girls 401 189


Bromley boys 267 161


girls 268 164 61%
Other London boys 422 241 57%
girls 393 194 49%


89 63 71%
girls 50 26 52%
Surrey boys 40 31 78%
girls 16 12 75%
Other boys 112 71 63%
girls 82 40 49%
TOTAL 2765 1481 54%

 Please note that the out of county pass total differs slightly from that in the original figures - late applications, classification of the 8 home educated children, etc.

The increase in ooc passes since last year is almost entirely down to more children from the London Boroughs, mainly seeking entry to the four Dartford grammar schools. As the number of ooc places available here will be very similar to last year, I would be surprised if the number of out of county children taking up places in Kent grammar schools will be very different from 2013, when there were just 335 from the 1298 who passed the test. 

Indeed, many if not most  of these children are not seriously looking for places at Kent grammars, some take the Kent Test as practice for elsewhere, others see a Kent grammar school as back up. Others, perhaps chasing West Kent grammar schools  for their perceived status and planning to move if offered a place, draw back when they discover the high house prices in the area.  Sadly, these are the families who make an utterly disproportionate  noise on another website, creating a wholly unrealistic impression of the true situation.  

The out of county passes include children from Thurrock (38); Bedfordshire; Buckinghamshire; West Midlands; Liverpool; Manchester; Tyneside; Wales; Somerset; Lincolnshire; and Cumbria; of whom a few may be planning to move to Kent, but most will surely be speculative.  

As I have consistently forecast, the real pressure continues to building in North West Kent, with the overwhelming number of out of County passes coming from London Boroughs. Bexley and Bromley alone have 357 boys having passed, with other London Boroughs providing a further 241. These boys are targeting two schools: Wilmington Grammar on the Bexley boundary which offers ten per cent of its places to high scorers (414 or more cut off last year), the remainder on distance grounds; last year 68 of its 120 places going to out of county applicants. Dartford Grammar is the main attraction for high scorers, place of residence irrelevant, but  on three main railway routes through SE London all the way from London Bridge. Last year, these actually saw a fall on ooc places, back to 32%, although with an initial cut off score of 418, and I believe this year even higher, with a considerable proportion of those top scorers with 423, targeting the school. Last year, another 13 London boys headed for Judd. For girls, 524 London girls passed the Kent Test, mainly targeting Dartford Grammar School for Girls and Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. However, last year just 12 out of county girls were offered places at Dartford, mainly sisters with a priority place. On the other hand, Wilmington offered 92 of its 120 places to out of county applicants, virtually all to Londoners, from Bexley to Southwark. 9 Bromley girls headed for Tonbridge Grammar School.

Not surprisingly, the large majority of other out of county Kent Test passes went to Medway residents, although just 6 took up Kent places in September. 

Head Teacher Assessment (HTA)

As noted above, when schools receive the 11 plus results at the end of September, headteachers have the right to apply for a HTA for any child who has failed. You will find details of the process here

Assessed Passed % passed
East Kent boys 316 176  56%
girls 379 216  57%
Mid Kent boys 201 94  47%
girls 343 195  57%
West Kent boys 192 81  42%
girls 215 74  34%
Total boys 709 351  50%
girls 937 485  52%
Total children 1643 836  51%

Out of 


boys  75  39  52%
girls  93  41  44%

These results are similar to previous years, with around 50% of all assessments successful. The Kent Test saw nearly 250 more boys than girls gaining automatic passes (probably because of the higher scores in mathematics). As a result headteachers sought HTAs for more girls than boys -nearly 250 the other way balancing out the difference giving almost identical proportions of in area boys and girls passing overall! Very different from Medway where the bias in test results and the Review process both strongly favour girls. 

As usual, the proportion of referrals and the percentage of passes is highest in the East and lowest in the West of Kent. This reflects the differing pressure of places on grammar schools, with the East Kent panel and primary headteachers apparently adjusting to the likely greater number of spare places available.  






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