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Displaying items by tag: kent - Kent Independent Education Advice

All data on this page is provided by Kent County Council, often under the Freedom of Information Act. Many thanks to officers for their co-operation.

Kent Secondary Transfer 2017

Kent Test Results 2016 For Admission in 2017
Kent Schools Out of County
Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total Other Total

Assessed Suitable for

Grammar Admission 2017

4369 2145 23 6537

Assessed Suitable for

Grammar Admission 2016

2105 2177 4282 1025 940 1966 11 6259

Assessed Suitable for

Grammar Admission 2015

1963 2080 4043 807 889 1696 14 5753

Notes: (1) I don't yet have data for boys and girls differentiated, but will include this as soon as it is available

        (2)  'Other' includes children who are home educated. 

 

Kent Secondary Transfer 2016 

 
 Kent Secondary School Allocations: March 2016
Kent pupils 2016 2015 2014 2013
 
No. of
Pupils
%
No. of
 Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
Offered a first preference 13,159 81.4% 12,796  80.5% 13,092 83.6 12,754 84.2%
Offered a second preference 1,840 11.4%  1,612  10.1% 1,512 9.6% 1,456 9.6%
Offered a third preference 549 3.4%  478  3.1% 478 3.1% 448 3.0%
Offered a fourth preference 196 1.2%  181  1.1% 181 1.2% 129 0.9%
Allocated by Local Authority 428 2.7%  641  4.0% 404 2.6% 357 2.3%
Total number of Kent pupils offered 16172    15894   15,667   15144  
Out of County Applicants to Kent Secondary Schools 2016
Year 2016 2015 2014 2013
Out of county applicants 2,624 2,299 1,991 1,760
Offers to out of county pupils at Kent schools 803 757 602 589

   

Size of Kent Year 6 Cohort
Year 2015 2014 2013
Total number of pupils in the cohort 18,193 17,658 16,904
  

 

Kent Test Results 2015 For Admission in 2016
  Kent Schools Out of County    
  Boys Girls Total Boys Girls Total Other Total
Assessed Suitable for
Grammar Admission 2016
2105 2177 4282 1025 940 1965 11 6258
Assessed Suitable for
Grammar Admission 2015
1963 2080 4043 807 889 1696 14 5753

 

 

Kent Secondary Transfer 2015
 

 Kent Secondary School Allocations: March 2015
Kent pupils 2015 2014 2013 2012
No. of
 Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
Offered a first preference 12,796  80.5% 13,092 83.6 12,754 84.2% 12,613 82.8%
Offered a second preference  1,612  10.1% 1,512 9.6% 1,456 9.6% 1,481 9.7%
Offered a third preference  478  3.1% 478 3.1% 448 3.0% 505 3.3%
Offered a fourth preference  181  1.1% 181 1.2% 129 0.9% 183 1.2%
Allocated by Local Authority  641  4.03% 404 2.6% 357 2.3% 443 2.9%
Total number of Kent pupils offered  15894 15,667 15144 15,225

 

Out of County Applicants to Kent Secondary Schools 2015
Year 2015 2014 2013 2012
Out of county applicants 2,299 1,991 1,760 1792
Offers to out of county pupils at Kent schools 757 602 589 560

   

Size of Kent Year 6 Cohort
Year 2015 2014 2013
Total number of pupils
in the cohort
18,193 17,658 16,904

 

Kent and Medway School Appeal Outcomes 2015
2015 2014
Appeals Held Number % Upheld Number % Upheld
Kent Non-Selective 484 30% 335 33%
Kent Grammar 1587 37% 1667 42%
Medway Non-Selective 178 34% 122 24%
Medway Grammar 245 40% 226 47%
TOTAL SECONDARY 2494 35% 2350 40%
Kent Primary 292 0.7% 340 1.5%
Medway Primary  63  1.6% 65 0%

Kent Test Results 2014, for Admission in September 2015

 boys    

 girls     

 total      

 % boys    

 % girls    

 Total %    

Attending primary schools In Area

6895

6528 13423 51% 49% 100%

In area Number who sat sat test*

4336

4415 8751 63% 68% 65%

Automatic Pass

1383

1378 2761 20% 21% 21%

Headteacher Assessment (HTA)

799 

900  1699  47%   53%  100%

HTA Passes

365 

 471 836  5%   7%  6%

Total In Area Passes

 1748

1849  3597  25.4%   28.3%  26.8%

Attending primary schools in Kent

7986

7608 15594

Sat Kent Test

4883 

 5004 9887 

Automatic Pass

1555 1557 3112  19% 20%  20% 

Headteacher Assessment (HTA)

900

994 1894 11% 13% 12%

HTA Passes

408

522 930 4.5% 5.3%

Total Kent  Passes

1963 

2079  4042  25.0%   27.9%  26.4%

Out of County Tested

1324 

1387  2711 

Out of County Automatic Pass

 680

 658 1338 

OOC Headteacher Assessment

 80

88 

168 

OOC HTA Pass

35   45 80 

Total OOC Passes**

 716

 778 1494

 

Kent Secondary Transfer 2014

You will find further commentary here, and about oversubscription and vacancies here

Kent pupils 2014 2013 2012
 
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
No.of
Pupils
%
Offered a first
preference
13,092 83.6 12,754 84.2 12,613 82.8%
Offered a second 
preference
1,512 9.6% 1,456 9.6% 1,481 9.7%
Offered a third 
preference
478 3.1% 448 3.0% 505 3.3%
Offered a fourth
preference
181 1.2% 129 0.9% 183 1.2%
Allocated by Local
Authority
404 2.6% 357 2.3% 443 2.9%
Total number of Kent 
pupils offered
15,667   15144   15,225  
Year 2014 2013 2012
Out of county
applicants
1,991 1,760 1792
Offers to out of county
pupils at Kent schools
602 589 560

  

Year 2014 2013 2012
Total number of pupils
in the cohort
17,658 16,904  

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

You will find commentary here

 

 boys    

 girls     

 total      

 % boys    

 % girls    

 Total %    

Attending primary schools In area

6730

6642 13372 50% 50% 100%

In area who sat test**

3976

4228 8204 48% 52% 100%

Automatic Pass

1481

1311 2792 22.0% 19.7% 20.9%

Headteacher Assessments

636

856 1492      

Headteacher Assessment pass  

323

450 773 4.8% 6.8% 5.8%

Total In area Passes

1804

1761

3565 26.8% 26.5% 26.7%

Out area who sat test

531

565

1096      

Automatic Pass

213

142

375      

Headteacher Assessments

73

81

154      

Headteacher Assessment Pass

28

35

63      

Total Out Area Passes

241

177 418      

Total Kent Passes*

2045

1938 3983      

Out of County Tested

1419

1346 2765      

Out of County Automatic Pass

781

620 1401      

OOC Headteacher Assessment

75

93

168

     

OOC HTA Pass

39 41 80      

Total OOC Passes*

820 

661 

1481 

     

* 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

47%

Bromley boys 267 161

60%

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

boys

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%

 

 

       Kent and Medway School Appeal Outcomes 2014
 
Appeals
Registered
Upheld Turned down
%
upheld
place offered
before appeal
withdrawn

KCC Appeal Panels

Non-selective schools 198 50 71 41% 21 56
Grammar schools  865  298  453  39%  11  103
Appeal Panels organised by Independent Administrators or schools
Kent Non-Selective schools  268                                       59

 155

 28%  24  29
Kent Grammar Schools  688  291  290 50% 41  66
Medway Non-Selective Schools  106  22  67  25%  7  10
 Medway Selective Schools  248 106  120 47%  3  19
Totals       
 Non-Selective Total 572  131  293  31%  52  95
Selective Total 1801 695 863 45% 55 188

 Commentary here.

Kent Secondary Transfer 2013

Commentary here. There are many more statistics relating to 2013 entry in the News and Comment section. 

Kent Pupils

2013

2012

2011

No. of pupils

%

No. of pupils

%

No. of pupils

%

Offered a first preference

12,754

84.2%

12,613

82.8%

12,775 82.7%
Offered a second preference

1,456

9.6%

1,481

9.7% 1,567 10.2%

Offered a third preference

448

3.0%

505

3.3%

533 3.4%
Offered a fourth preference
129

0.9%%

183

1.2%

157 1.1%

Allocated by Local Authority

357 2.3%

443

2.9%

413 2.6%

Total number of Kent pupils offered

15,144 15,225 15,444

Kent and Medway Secondary Appeals 2013

 Further commentary here

 Kent & Medway School Secondary School Appeal Outcomes 2013
Kent County Council Appeal Panels
Type of School
Number of
Appeals
Appeals 
Upheld
Appeals
Rejected
Appeals 
withdrawn
Place offered
before appeal
% successful
appeals of those
heard
Non-selective
(14 schools)
 196  58  30  53  54 66
 Grammar 
(18 schools)
904  382  432  90  5 46
      Kent and Medway Appeals managed by other organisations
 Non-selective
(15 schools)
408 86 168 63 89 34
 Grammar
((18 schools)
567  244  241  54  32 50

2012 Appeal Statistics

It is proving very difficult to obtain these on a county wide basis with so many academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools now arranging their own appeal panels. As I find this data of limited value, I am no longer collecting it, except for Panels organised by KCC. 


Kent 11 Plus Test Results for 2013 Entry
The Kent pass mark is an aggregate of 360 from the three tests, with a requirement for all three scores to be 319 or greater. This standard is chosen to select 21% of all children in the Kent selective areas. Children from the non-selective areas of Kent (served by Angley School, Homewood School, Longfield Academy, Mascall's School, Marsh Academy) and out county candidates have to achieve the same scores. Another 4% of children in the selective areas are added through the headteacher assessment procedure, to bring the total to 25%. The following table shows the outcomes of the test.

boys girls total % boys % girls Total %
Living In area 6946 6629 13575 51% 49% 100%
In area who sat test 3861 4080 7941 56% 62% 58%
Automatic Pass 1501 1358 2859 21.6% 20.5% 21.0%
Headteacher Assessment pass 350 474 824 5.0% 7.2% 6.1%
Total In area Passes 1851 1832 3683 26.6% 27.6% 27.1%
Out area who sat test 471 535 1006
Automatic Pass 175 134 309
Headteacher Assessment Pass 29 46 75
Total Out Area Passes 204 160 364
Total Kent Passes* 2055 2012 4072
Out of County Tested 1273 1213 2486
Out of County Automatic Pass 638 603 1241
OOC Headteacher Assessment 55 55 110
OOC HTA Pass 22 22 44
Total OOC Passes* 665 633 1298

11 Plus Test Results for 2012 Entry
The Kent pass mark is an aggregate of 360 from the three tests, with a requirement for all three scores to be 319 or greater. This standard is chosen to select 21% of all children in the Kent selective areas. Children from the non-selective areas of Kent (served by Angley School, Homewood School, Longfield Academy, Mascall's School, Marsh Academy) and out county candidates have to achieve the same scores. Another 4% of children in the selective areas are added through the headteacher assessment procedure, to bring the total to 25%. The following table shows the outcomes of the test.
Kent Grammar School Assessments for Year 6 children, for Admission in September 2012

  boys girls total % boys % girls Total %
Living In area 7008 6827 13835 51% 49% 100%
In area who sat test 3717 3939 7656 53.0% 57.7% 55%
Automatic Pass 1452 1326 2778 20.7% 19.4% 20.1%
Headteacher Assessment 647 847 1494 9.2% 12.4% 10.8%
Headteacher Assessment pass 322 460 782 4.6% 6.7% 5.7%
Total Passes 1774 1786 3560 25.3% 26.1% 25.7%
Out area who sat test 543 545 1058      
Automatic Pass 185 172 357      
Headteacher Assessment 83 134 217      
Headteacher Assessment Pass 41 54 95      
Total Out Area Passes 226 226 452      
Out of County Tested 1258 1087 2345      
Out of County Automatic Pass 698 559 1257      
OOC Headteacher Assessment 63 51 114      
OOC HTA Pass 24 25 49      
Total OOC Passes 722 584 1306      

 




The number of out county chldren successful in the Kent Test is up from the 1156 of 2010, but only a small proportion of these children actually take up places in Kent grammar schools (137 boys and 117 girls offered places in Kent Grammar schools in March 2011 for admission in September).

 

You will find the data for previous years below but, as I have collected it in more detail for 2012 entry, it is not directly comparable.

 
 

Secondary School Transfer 2011 Entry
Please note that all data below is based on the situation on 1st March. There is considerable subsequent movement before the start of the new school year in September.

Kent County Council figures show a pleasing increase in the number of children being offered their first choice secondary school on 1st March, up from 80% in 2010 to 83% in 2011. Just 413 got none of their choices.  With nearly 500 fewer Kent children in the system, waiting lists for popular schools were generally much lower this year.  However, 66 Kent children who passed the Kent Test and named a grammar school on there application form received none of their preferences. Another 69 such children were offered a place at a non-selective school below the highest placed grammar school on their list (who had presumably put this down as a safety net). KCC in their publicity did not recognise this lattter group as having lost out on a grammar school place although qualified.  Last year the eighteen most popular schools each turned away more than 50 children who put them in first place, but this year the same number of schools sees the bar drop to 40 places oversubscribed. Leigh Technology Academy (Dartford) remains Kent’s most popular school for the fourth year running, with 199 disappointed first choice applicants. Second comes Tonbridge Grammar, with 104 girls who had passed the eleven plus turned away. After Westlands (Sittingbourne) on 94, comes Dartford Grammar School with 88, entering the lists for the first time as applicants from the London Boroughs realised the school was accessible, a third of the places going to high scoring applicants from out of county. Next in line was Judd School (grammar, Tonbridge), followed by: Valley Park School (Maidstone); Fulston Manor School (Sittingbourne); Brockhill Park Performing Arts College (Hythe); Brompton Academy (Gillingham); King Ethelbert School (Margate  – new entry); and The Thomas Aveling School (Rochester). Then follows Skinner’s School (grammar, Tunbridge Wells ), slipping from its position as most popular grammar school in 2010, and: Folkestone Academy; Dartford Grammar School for Girls;  Canterbury High School; Hillview School for Girls (Tonbridge); Bennett Memorial Diocesan School (Tunbridge Wells); and Simon Langton Girls Grammar School (Canterbury – new entry). At the other end of the scale, four Kent schools were over half empty before KCC drafted in additional children who had been offered none of their choices: Skinner’s Kent Academy; Angley School (Cranbrook); Walmer Science College, and New Line Learning Academy (Maidstone).  One wonders how some of these schools can continue to function with finances depending on pupil numbers. The school with the greatest increase in popularity was Dartford Grammar School (up 55 disappointed first choices), the biggest loser was surprisingly Homewood School in Tenterden, down 100, but still oversubscribed. The pressure of out of county children taking up places in Kent grammar schools was once again greatest in the North West of the county, with 189 children taking up places in the four Dartford Grammar Schools (52 of these coming from as far away as Lewisham and Greenwich) as opposed to just 57 in the three West Kent super selectives, both figures very similar to last year. Many of these figures will have changed between March and September, as parents had to decide whether to accept places offered, others being offered places off the waiting lists. As many as 700 further children may have gained places through the appeal procedure.

Kent Pupils
2011
2010
2009
2008
No. of pupils
No. of pupils %
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
Offered a school named on the application form
15032 97.33%
15,270
96.1%
15,504
95.5%
15,396
95%
Offered a first preference
12775 82.71%
12,725
80.1%
12,769
78.5%
11,508
70.5%
Offered a second preference
1567 10.15%
1,753
11.0%
1,850
11.5%
2,750
17%
Offered a third preference
533 3.45%
595
3.7%
640
4%
1,138
7%
Offered a fourth preference
157 1.02%
197
1.2%
245
1.5%
N/A
N/A
Allocated by Local Authority
413 2.67
620
3.9%
773
4.5%
840
5.5%
Total number of Kent pupils offered
15445
15,890
16,277
16,236

 

The 2011 figures include 443 offers made to Kent pupils at out of county secondary schools. The 2010 figures include 481 offers made to Kent pupils at out of county secondary schools.

 

Year
2011
2010
2009
2008
Out of County Applicants
1671
1,532
1,554
1,795
Out of County Offers
513
532
521
556

 

Year
2011
2010
2009
2008
Total Numbers of Pupils in the Cohort
17133
17,422
7,831
18,134

 

Secondary school transfer 2010 entry
On allocation day in March, for 2010, most oversubscribed school in Kent for the third consecutive year was the Leigh Academy in Dartford, turning away 218 first choices. This is followed for non -selective schools by, in order: Valley Park School- 112, Homewood School - 110, North School Ashford - 96, Fulston Manor School - 83, Westlands School - 78, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and Folkestone Academy - 64,  Brockhill Park School - 60, Sandwich Technology College - 57, Mascalls School - 55, Charles Dickens School - 53, and Hayesbrook School - 50. All others are less than 50.
Newcomers to the list are: Brockhill Park (up from 17), Sandwich Technology (up from 48), and Hayesbrook (up from 29). Out go: Aylesford (down from 68  to 15), Maplesdon Noakes (55 to27 ), St Simon Stock (53 to 11)  and Cornwallis (50 to 30 )
For grammar schools most first choices turned away -  Skinners School with 115 (up from 92 but see below); then Judd School- 88 (in top two for past two years); Tonbridge Grammar School - 77 (top last year); Weald of Kent Grammar School - 50; Dartford Grammar School for Girls - 47; Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls  - 39; Maidstone Grammar School - 36; Dartford Grammar School - 35; Queen Elizabeth's Grammar SChool - 34; Simon Langton Grammmar School for Boys - 34; Sir Roger Manwoods School - 33; and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 32. All others had fewer than 30.
The caution with regard to Skinners is that many parents put them second to Judd and this year in particular the figures are skewed with Skinners offering places to 73 first choices, 39 second choices and 3 third choices (St Olave's is often the third school in this triangle)). Over at Judd there were 120 first choices and 2 second choices offered places so I would argue that Judd is the more oversubscribed – the vagaries of the system!

The Judd School has offered 16 places off the waiting list on 31st March. Clearly this will have a corresponding knock on figure for The Skinners School who initially offered 6 further places. Also of  note are Longfield Academy up 72 first preferences from 64 to 136 (turning away 22 of these), Oakwood Park Grammar  School up 54 (turning away 15 of these) , Chaucer Technology College up 45, Swan Valley Community School up 43. For all the above schools, waiting lists and appeals will see numbers of the children turned away eventually offered places at their first choice school.

There were just 5 Medway schools with vacancies before Medway Council reallocated children who had been given none of their choices. After reallocation, Bishop of Rochester Academy and St John Fisher RC were full, whilst Hundred of Hoo, Chatham Grammar Boys and Chatham Grammar Girls still have spare places. 151 places were taken up by Kent children nearly every school accepting some; with 116 Medway children going the other way into Kent - nearly half of these to Holmesdale. 68 out of the 298 children entered for Medway Reviews were successful.

The following grammar schools each had more than ten vacancies on March 1st: Borden, Clarendon House, Dover Grammar Boys, Folkestone Girls, Harvey, Highworth (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Invicta. The following grammar schools have four or fewer vacancies (none between four and ten!): Gravesend Boys (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Gravesend Girls, Wilmington Boys, Wilmington Girls. All other Kent grammar schools were full on National Offer Day.

Non selective schools with vacancies, that were full last year: Hextable, Meopham, Northfleet Girls, St Edmunds Dover, St George's Gravesend, St John's Gravesend, Walmer, Wilmington Enterprise.

Non selective schools full that had vacancies last year: Castle Community, Longfield Academy.

Please note that even though a school is full according to the Planned Admission Number, appeals can and will be successful in some cases. An Independent Appeal Panel has the right to instruct schools to take additional children. Last year the number of successful appeals at oversubscribed schools in Kent ranged from nil to 38. Further, where a grammar school has vacancies, the appeal panel is under no obligation to fill these and won't if there are insufficient children of a 'grammar school standard'.

Five Kent schools had over half their places empty before the Local Authority allocated children, who had not been offered any of their choices, to them.

       
       

Secondary School Appeal Statistics for 2010 entry
I do not publish statistics for individual school appeals, as these are determined by Appeal Panels, not by the schools themselves and so can vary enormously year by year.

Type of Appeal Number Successes % success rate
Community Non Selective Schools 88 45 51
Community Grammar Schools 336 128 40
Foundation & VA Non Sel Schools, organised by KCC 425 247 58
Foundation & VA Grammar Schools, organised by KCC 543 174 32
Foundation & VA Non Sel Schools, appeals not organised by KCC 30 27 75
Foundation & VA Grammar Schools, not organised by KCC 362 135 37
Academies 91 29 22
Total 1696 612 36

Please note:
1) Appeals are only heard for places at grammar schools or non selective schools that are oversubscribed. Grammar  school appelas can be against a decision that the child is not of grammar school ability, that the school is full, or both.

2) the Foundation and VA Non Selective Appeal figures are distorted by 4 schools whose combined 132 appeals were all successful.
3) The Academy figures is distorted by the Leigh Academy's 65 appeals. 
4) Appeals not organised by KCC are managed by a number of different providers

11 Plus Test Results 2011 Entry
The source of the data on this page is Kent County Council. My thanks for their co-operation in this.

Category 2009 entry 2010 entry 2011 entry change
  Number Number   Number
Kent Entrants 9249 9418   -101
OutCounty Entrants 1992 2107   +115
Success Boys 2588 2561   -27
Success Girls 2549 2552   +3
Success Kent 4039 4120 4149 +81
OutCounty Success 1098 993 1156 -105

 

So, of the 11,255 children who sat the Kent Test in September, 5,113 were assessed selective, roughly the same number as last year (11,241). The number of out of county children sitting the test rose by 115, the number of Kent children fell by 101 reflecting a lower number in the age group. However, the number of Kent children passing is up by 81 to 4,120, whilst the number of out county children passing is down by 105 to 993.  

There are 4,458 grammar school places in Kent, so if only Kent children were taking them up, there would be 338 spare places, nearly all in the East of the County. The great unknown is how many out of county children will take up Kent places, as many of them have multiple applications across different counties and Boroughs.

My sense of these figures is - little change.

I have now obtained information on the distribution of successful out of Kent 11 plus candidates, and this shows a remarkable shift in pattern. The number of successful candidates in East Sussex and Surrey is just 40, only 6 higher than the total that were offered places at Judd, Skinners or Tonbridge Grammar last year.  As these schools only take high scorers, many of the ooc children will not be eligible and others will not apply for places. With the lower cohort size in West Kent this really promises to make life easier  for many grammar school applicants in 2011. I am unable to suggest a reason why this reduction has happened, except the possibility that recent publicity has convinced some it is too difficult to  gain entrance to these schools.


Another 302 ooc qualified ooc children come from other London Boroughs astride the rail mainline to Dartford, with 31 from Thurrock. We can assume that all those who are looking to Kent grammar schools realistically, and some will just have taken the test for practice, are looking to the two Wilmington and the two Dartford grammar schools, although the different oversubscription criteria for each afffects the number that will be admitted in the end.
To these, there needs to be added a further 130 Medway children, although many, if not most, of these have taken the Kent Test as a reserve to Medway grammar school places.  Those looking seriously into Kent will be considering grammar schools in Gravesend, Maidstone or Sittingbourne, although the former are likely to come under additional pressure again from the out of county surge, as happened in 2009.

2010 Admissions

For 2010, Most oversubscribed school in Kent for the third consecutive year was the Leigh Academy in Dartford, turning away 218 first choices. This is followed for non -selective schools by, in order: Valley Park School- 112, Homewood School - 110, North School Ashford - 96, Fulston Manor School - 83, Westlands School - 78, Bennett Memorial Diocesan School and Folkestone Academy - 64,  Brockhill Park School - 60, Sandwich Technology College - 57, Mascalls School - 55, Charles Dickens School - 53, and Hayesbrook School - 50. All others are less than 50.
Newcomers to the list are: Brockhill Park (up from 17), Sandwich Technology (up from 48), and Hayesbrook (up from 29). Out go: Aylesford (down from 68  to 15), Maplesdon Noakes (55 to27 ), St Simon Stock (53 to 11)  and Cornwallis (50 to 30 )
For grammar schools most first choices turned away -  Skinners School with 115 (up from 92 but see below); then Judd School- 88 (in top two for past two years); Tonbridge Grammar School - 77 (top last year); Weald of Kent Grammar School - 50; Dartford Grammar School for Girls - 47; Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Girls  - 39; Maidstone Grammar School - 36; Dartford Grammar School - 35; Queen Elizabeth's Grammar SChool - 34; Simon Langton Grammmar School for Boys - 34; Sir Roger Manwoods School - 33; and Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 32. All others had fewer than 30.
The caution with regard to Skinners is that many parents put them second to Judd and this year in particular the figures are skewed with Skinners offering places to 73 first choices, 39 second choices and 3 third choices (St Olave's is often the third school in this triangle)). Over at Judd there were 120 first choices and 2 second choices offered places so I would argue that Judd is the more oversubscribed – the vagaries of the system!

 

The Judd School has offered 16 places off the waiting list on 31st March. Clearly this will have a corresponding knock on figure for The Skinners School who initially offered 6 further places.

Also of  note are Longfield Academy up 72 first preferences from 64 to 136 (turning away 22 of these), Oakwood Park Grammar  School up 54 (turning away 15 of these) , Chaucer Technology College up 45, Swan Valley Community School up 43.

For all the above schools, waiting lists and appeals will see numbers of the children turned away eventually offered places at their first choice school.

 

There were just 5 Medway schools with vacancies before Medway Council reallocated children who had been given none of their choices. After reallocation, Bishop of Rochester Academy and St John Fisher RC were full, whilst Hundred of Hoo, Chatham Grammar Boys and Chatham Grammar Girls still have spare places. 151 places were taken up by Kent children nearly every school accepting some; with 116 Medway children going the other way into Kent - nearly half of these to Holmesdale. 68 out of the 298 children entered for Medway Reviews were successful.

 

The following grammar schools each had more than ten vacancies on March 1st: Borden, Clarendon House, Dover Grammar Boys, Folkestone Girls, Harvey, Highworth (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Invicta. The following grammar schools have four or fewer vacancies (none between four and ten!): Gravesend Boys (heavily oversubscribed with first choices last year!), Gravesend Girls, Wilmington Boys, Wilmington Girls. All other Kent grammar schools were full on National Offer Day.

 

Non selective schools with vacancies, that were full last year: Hextable, Meopham, Northfleet Girls, St Edmunds Dover, St George's Gravesend, St John's Gravesend, Walmer, Wilmington Enterprise.

 
Non selective schools full that had vacancies last year: Castle Community, Longfield Academy.
 

Please note that even though a school is full according to the Planned Admission Number, appeals can and will be successful in some cases. An Independent Appeal Panel has the right to instruct schools to take additional children. Last year the number of successful appeals at oversubscribed schools in Kent ranged from nil to 38. Further, where a grammar school has vacancies, the appeal panel is under no obligation to fill these and won't if there are insufficient children of a 'grammar school standard'.

 

Five Kent schools had over half their places empty before the Local Authority allocated children, who had not been offered any of their choices, to them.

Secondary school transfer statistics 2010 entry

Kent Pupils
2010
2009
2008
No. of pupils
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
%
No. of pupils
Offered a school named on the application form
15,270
96.1%
15,504
95.5%
15,396
95%
Offered a first preference
12,725
80.1%
12,769
78.5%
11,508
70.5%
Offered a second preference
1,753
11.0%
1,850
11.5%
2,750
17%
Offered a third preference
595
3.7%
640
4%
1,138
7%
Offered a fourth preference
197
1.2%
245
1.5%
N/A
N/A
Allocated by Local Authority
620
3.9%
773
4.5%
840
5.5%
Total number of Kent pupils offered
15,890
16,277
16,236

 

Year
2010
2009
2008
Out of County Applicants
1,532
1,554
1,795
Out of County Offers
532
521
556

 

Year
2010
2009
2008
Total Numbers of Pupils in the Cohort
17,422
17,831
18,134

 

Transfer Appeal Statistics  2009
 

LEA or Community Schools
 
 
School Type Number of Appeals Number of                 Successes % Success Rate
Grammar  391  167  43
 Non Selective  158  99  63
 Primary  367  36  10

Please note that the large majority of successful primary appeals would be for junior classes, as Infant appeals are governed by Infant Class Legislation (see Primary admissions page).

Foundation and Voluntary Aided Schools  

 

School Type Number of Appeals Number of                 Successes % Success Rate
Grammar  562  201  36
 Non Selective  215 104  48
 Primary 82 Not known  

In addition there are a number of schools that do not use KCC Appeal Panels. Statistics are not available for these. 

Statistics vary enormously school by school. For grammar schools the proportion of successes range from 76%  of 33 appeals (an LEA school) down to 7% of 108 appeals (a Foundation School). For non selective schools, there were five schools where all appeals were successful, but one Foundation school with just 10% of 20 appeals successful.

 Secondary Transfer Statistics 2009 entry

There was  a total of just 131 vacancies in Kent’s 33 grammar schools, at National Offer Day in 2009  mainly in the east of the county.  The problem is that the 268 out county children who took up places in West and North West Kent Grammar schools displaced many children from these areas eastwards, some to grammar schools they cannot reach daily, with more than 40 boys West Kent boys offered places in Folkestone or Sittingbourne. 

The biggest influx is into the four Dartford grammar schools with 29 children coming from Greenwich and another 15 from Lewisham. Bromley took up 59 Kent grammar school places, Bexley another 56 and East Sussex 50.

Most oversubscribed grammar school was Tonbridge (101 turned away), edging out Judd from last year (95). These were followed by Skinners, Dartford, Weald of Kent, Tunbridge Wells Boys, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells Girls. This year’s problem is highlighted by these eight schools who all turned away more than 40 qualified first choices. Last year there were just three, the same top schools as last year.

However, for the second year running the most oversubscribed school in the county is the Leigh Academy in Dartford, rejecting 200 first choice applicants.

One striking feature of non selective school placements is the wide fluctuation in popularity from year to year. I think the biggest controversy in the county surrounds Valley Park School in South Maidstone, whose popularity has soared this year, turning away 106 first choices, up from 16 in 2008.  Other non selective schools rejecting more than 60 first choices are: Folkestone Academy (newly rebuilt); Homewood (Tenterden); Bennett Memorial (Tunbridge Wells);  Westlands (Sittingbourne), Charles Dickens (Broadstairs), North (Ashford), Archbishops’ (Canterbury); Aylesford (rebuilt under PFI and not even full last year); Mascalls (Paddock Wood) and Fulston Manor (Sittingbourne). Only half these schools were in this list last year showing how difficult it is to predict popularity.

At the other end of the scale, four schools were over half empty before children unsuccessful in any of their applications were allocated to them..

Secondary Transfer Appeal Statistics 2008

LEA or Community Schools

School type Number of Appeals Number of successes % success rate
Grammar 456 184 40
Non Selective 126 68 54

Foundation or Voluntary Aided Schools

These are appeals organised by the KCC for these schools. Many Foundation and VA Schools organise their own appeals and I do not have data for these. 

School Type Number of Appeals Number of successes % success rate
Grammar 540 143 26
Non-Selective 185 101 55

Note: these statistics hide a multitude of sins. One LEA Grammar school had 55 successful appeals, others have very few. Grammar School appeals include both selection appeals (where the child do not pass the Kent test, and oversubscription appeals (where many appellants may have passed the Kent tests and be seeking a place in schools that are full). 

 

Published in Statistics
Monday, 04 October 2010 00:00

Kent Grammar School Appeals

Last updated October 2019 

 

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I am afraid I have retired completely from my appeals advisory service, but hope this page offers some general help to assist you.  

As well as this section, I recommend that you read my general information page on school appeals .  Parents will  received an appeal form with their allocation decision letter in March.

You will find data for 2019 Appeals in Kent and Medway for 2018 entry here and more information about individual Kent schools here

Kent and Medway grammar school testing takes place in September. Many Kent children who have not initially passed the Kent Test are given a second chance through the Kent Headteacher assessment (HTA) process  in October (although this is by headteacher recommendation and parents are not made aware of whether their children are included).  It is not always advantageous to have gone  down this route for, if unsuccessful, the Report of the HTA is presented to any appeal panel, and can prove counterproductive. Medway parents are offered a Review of any non selective decision in November, but are advised to read the Review section of this website before doing so. You will find a fuller explanation of the two processes through the links. These stages take place before the selective decision is confirmed.

In any case, parents need to be aware that if their child is unsuccessful in the test, or in HTA or Medway Review, there is no right to appeal until after school allocation, 2nd March (for 2020 entry). You cannot appeal against a non selective decision in general and your right to appeal is to a particular school which has not offered your child a place. Whilst appeals usually begin in April/May, some may not be heard until late June.

Many grammar schools admit all applicants who have achieved the selective standard, or those living nearest where there is oversubscription; but others select the highest scorers in the assessment tests (locally known as ‘super-selectives’).

There are three main situations with regard to grammar school appeals:

1) The child has not passed the eleven plus and there are spaces available

2) The child has passed the eleven plus and the school is full;

3) The child has not passed the eleven plus and the school is full.

First piece of advice is – don’t panic. You will not get an earlier appeal or a better hearing by sending in your case early. If you are not ready, make sure you record your appeal by the closing date, using such words as “I am appealing for….... I will send in my detailed case when it is ready”. This enables you to take advice or plan your appeal without additional pressure (it is already stressful enough!), but make sure from the school website you know when the appeals are being heard and ensure your further information  is submitted in good time. If yours is one of the few academies that organises early appeals, such as Highsted and Borden grammar schools, it is essential to get the appeal lodged early, for although there is no statutory time limit for appealing, lodging a late appeal may find the school full after others have been heard.

There is a basic division between grammar schools run by the county (community schools and voluntary controlled) and the academies, foundation and voluntary aided schools that form the majority. County run grammar schools use KCC's own Appeals service run independently of the education department. The other schools and academies each have their own approach to appeals: some using a county independent appeal panel; others engaging an independent panel administrator to run appeals for them; the remainder (a small minority) choosing their own appeal clerk and panel members. Some wish to admit additional pupils, others resist strongly. These produce a wide range of success rates, both from county to county and for individual schools within counties. You will find appeal history and further information for each individual school here. I advise you, in the case of academies, foundation or VA schools who use an administrator or provide their own Independent Appeal Panel, to contact the school which may be willing to offer the school perspective. Some grammar schools are regularly oversubscribed with successful candidates, particularly in West Kent. If you are deprived of a place on this basis, you still have the right to appeal.

Parents can only appeal to a school they have named on the application form, so choice of schools remains critical. However, in Kent if you choose not to apply for a particular grammar school, you still have the right to apply using the In Year Admission Process after the closing date for acceptance of offers (usually late March) and if turned down because your child has not taken the test (in which case they will be asked to sit it), or has not passed the test, or the school is full, you can appeal. However, this route carries additional risk if the school is likely to be full after the normal round of appeals. 

I am often asked what scores are likely to be successful in a grammar school appeal. This is an impossible question to answer for Appeal Panels will wish to take other factors into account. These may include: what special circumstances do you have that will convince a panel there has been a miscarriage (there is no point in producing peripheral issues); what alternative evidence do you have to demonstrate that your child is of grammar school ability; is the school oversubscribed or does it need additional pupils; was there a HTA; is the school 'superselective'; is it in East Kent or West Kent; what support is forthcoming from the primary school; does your child have Special Education Needs? Or even, what is the make up of the Panel members (not known until a week or so before the appeal)? You are most unlikely to achieve success at any Kent appeal if no score is above the 106 of 2017 entry. You are most unlikely to achieve success in West Kent without scores close to the cut off point.

Possible relevant factors that parents may put forward include: (1) the selection panel was missing information which can lead to a different decision – e.g. medical condition or family circumstances not reported which affected the child's performance, but can be demonstrated; (2) independent proof that your child is of grammar school ability (3) information provided was incorrect – you have the right to see all relevant documentation. You may also succeed if none of these apply but marks are near the cut off and you find a sympathetic appeal panel. If none of the above applies, your chances are low; so plan an alternative route for your child’s secondary education – although each year I am delighted by successful appeals which originally looked unpromising.

I am regularly asked what the significance of particular medical conditions or family circumstances will be. Again impossible to answer. Whatever you put forward, the Appeal Panel will first need to be convinced that the child is of grammar school ability from the evidence you are able to supply. The extenuating circumstances you supply then allow the Panel to understand if and why the child underperformed at the Kent Test. Each Panel will have its own view on what is a valid case, which may well vary according to the pressure on places, so you can but try.  Death or illness of relatives or pets occur with astonishing regularity, so don't place too much faith in these.  

Kent Grammar Schools

At all Kent grammar school appeals against a non-selective decision, the Kent test scores and any HTA report will be distributed to the Panel and parents. This also has the effect of eliminating false parental claims about the results. Some parents have not seen the HTA document before, so make sure you ask to see it before writing your appeal, as this is likely to have an influence on your case.

The Panel will also be told the school to which you were allocated on 1st March. This presents a problem for some parents of children who have passed the Kent Test making multiple applications to grammar schools. Where the school is non-super selective, if you are awarded a grammar school lower on your list, the Panel may decide that because the school is oversubscribed your needs have already been met by the lower school, and give preference to those without a grammar school. In at least one area, where the panel tends to be drawn from a small group of panellists, they see appeals from parents who have put down only one grammar school to benefit from this policy. However, the panel has become wise and will not look on these as a priority, sometimes leaving the child without a grammar school. Life can become difficult!

There are number of websites and books offering advice on how to succeed at appeal. Most of these offer general advice, not tailored to specific schools or local authorities, and so are of limited value. 

A good website for general information on admissions and appeals is: eleven plus exams. However, you need to treat the contributions with caution. It is  Buckinghamshire based but whilst the school appeal advice varies considerably from the many varieties in Kent, it can be very helpful. There is also a lot of forum discussion about West Kent issues, often very different from those in the rest of the county. You will find occasional contributions from me under the name of Peter. References to this website are removed by the volunteer monitors who work for a very commercial operation, on the basis that www.kentadvice.co.uk is itself commercial. Apart from the few advertisements I run, which attract a small income there is no longer any commercial side to the website.  

Monday, 04 October 2010 00:00

Secondary School Appeals

Last updated: March 2019

You will find further information, comment and advice in the page relating to specific types of appeal: Kent grammar schools; Medway grammar school review and appeal; oversubscription appeals; and primary school appeals. A look at key points of the School Admissions Appeals Code also contains further advice and information.  

You will find data for 2018 Appeals in Kent and Medway entry here and more information about individual Kent schools here

I have retired from my full appeals advice service but  My Telephone Consultation Service is available through the year, for both admissions and appeals.  I also support a range of In Year Appeals, often from expatriate families. I am afraid I only support families living in the Kent and Medway Local Authority areas for schools in these two authorities. See Can I help You for details. Up until summer 2016 I had supported around a thousand successful appeals to all types of schools in Kent and Medway providing me with a wealth of local experience.

All school appeals are required to follow the mandatory School Admissions Appeals Code.

Parents have the right to appeal against any decision not to offer a school place, and that decision must be in writing and contain information on how to appeal.  Whilst there is no time limit on when an appeal can be lodged,  it is normally best to meet the official closing dates, otherwise parents may find the schools their appeal is heard late and the school has filled at the time of the main appeals.

I regularly receive a number of enquiries about oversubscription appeals at the beginning of March when decisions arrive. These arise where the school (it may be non-selective or grammar) is full after the main allocation of places. 

In all cases, it is important that you notify the Admission Authority (which is the Local Authority in the case of Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools, otherwise it is the school or academy) that you are appealing, so that you are in the lists before the closing date for appeals. I advise many parents to put in a holding appeal (simply writing "I am appealing for a place for my child (name) at (name) school. A more detailed letter will follow" on the form you are sent with your decision letter, which means you do not need to submit full details by deadline day). You can then leave submitting a detailed letter until you have a clearer picture of the situation and you can also find out by how much you missed out on a place (for example distance) from the school. 

For non-selective schools, or oversubscribed grammar schools where your child passed the Kent or Medway Test, you should also apply to go on the waiting list. Arrangements for both processes are sent with your allocation letter on National Allocation Day.

In any case, DO NOT PANIC. Do not send off something immediately. It may damage your case when the appeal is finally heard and, however angry you are with the allocation, you won't gain any advantage or have your case heard early.  It is best to wait until you are ready with all your supporting evidence and then send it in together. It is good practice to get all material there at least ten days before the appeals start for your school, to ensure that papers can be distributed to the panellists. Few appeals are heard before May but Admission Authorities must publish their appeal timetable on their website. No Appeal Panel will discriminate against you if you deliver supplementary material after the official closing date for appeals, although administrators often find it convenient and may hassle you. If you don’t register your appeal until after this date you may find your appeal is heard after the main batch, when it may be more difficult to win an appeal if there is no room.

This right includes appeals against a decision not to be offered a place at sixth form, although the student themselves can also appeal in such cases.

In Kent and Medway, appeals are heard before an Independent Appeal Panel comprising three panellists (except at Simon Langton Boys Grammar that normally uses five panellists). These are independent of the school and the Local Authority, but are appointed by the Admisison Authority. All panellists are required to have been trained. An Appeal Panel has to have at least one Advisory Member and one Lay Member. An Advisory Member has experience in education, or is acquainted with educational conditions in the area, or is the parent of a registered child at a school. A Lay Member does not have personal experience in the management or provision of education in any school, but may be a school governor or have other voluntary experience. As you can see, appeal panellists do not initially have to have great knowledge of the education system, but soon acquire expertise in the role and in the different situations they may be faced with. All are volunteers and in my experience the great majority carry out an effective job. 

Chances of success at appeal vary widely; last year the number of successful appeals at individual Kent grammar schools varied from 0 to 73, and for non selective schools from 0 to 25. You will find some more detail about appeal outcomes for 2018 here.  These figures confirm that whilst Panels are trained to follow the mandatory Code of Practice, they may adapt their decision to local circumstances, such as the pressure on places. 

For non selective and primary schools, appeals are against a decision not to admit the child because the school is full. 

For grammar schools, there are three types of appeal:
1) Against a decision that the child has been found non selective, although there are still places in the school;
2) Against a decision that the child has been found non-selective and the school is full;
3) Against a decision that the child has been found selective but the school is full. 

Appeal Panels can be organised in a variety of ways. All community  and voluntary controlled schools in Kent and Medway will use Panels selected and trained by the Local Authority, but independent of the Education Department. The LA also provides clerks to administer the process and will manage all paperwork. 

Academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided Schools in Kent may also use the services of Local Authority Panels, but those in Kent or Medway have three alternative choices:

  1. There are several Independent Appeal Panel Administrators operating in the area who offer services to a number of schools. These will recruit their own appeal Panel members and provide Independent Clerks. 
  2. A few schools use their own independent clerk to organise appeals and may recruit their own Independent panellists.
  3. There are now a couple of organisations offering to run appeals for schools, in one case even offering to provide the school representative at the appeal! Statistics for these panels suggest a much lower rate of success. 


In my experience, Panels organised by the Local Authorities or Independent Panel Administrators managing appeals at a group of schools are generally most independent.

Each Panel administrator should provide comprehensive documentation in advance setting out the appeal process, so that parents know what procedure is to be followed.

An increasing number of schools that are oversubscribed in both Kent and Medway operate a group appeal. At a group appeal, all appealing parents are invited to hear the Admission Authority case for not admitting additional pupils in the presence of the Independent Appeal Panel, and to ask questions. The Appeal Panel can then make a decision on how many additional children should be admitted (if any), so that individual appeals can focus on the parental case, without the issues of fullness being considered further at every appeal. No individual case or circumstances are considered at the group stage. 

I believe this is an effective way of managing oversubscription appeals, but can produce fireworks or a difficult meeting that requires good chairmanship. Where a group appeal is not used, each individual hearing considers evidence on both the fullness of the school and the case for the individual child.

Note: This is the most visited page on the website, having been visited 335, 374 times since it was first published eight years ago, twice as many as the second most popular page,  Kent Secondary School Admissions,  followed by Medway Grammar Schools and Medway Secondary Schools

Last updated June 2019 

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Please note you will find considerable additional information about many Kent schools by entering their name in the search engine of this website, or by visiting Individual Schools

Once again parents will be able to register for the Kent Test online via www.kent.gov.uk/ola by 3rd July 2019. If they register online and provide an e-mail address, they will receive their child’s assessment decision via e-mail on 17th October 2019. I do recommend this process as each year postal results for some children are delayed.  

News and Information Items relevant to Kent Test and Grammar School Admission 

Kent Test Results October 2018

Further Analysis of Kent Test Results October 2018  (to follow)

The Conundrum of Kent Test scores 2014 solved

Missed Registration for the Kent and Medway Test; and Illness at the Time of the Test

Kent Secondary School Admissions 2020

Oversubscription and Vacancies in Kent Grammar Schools: Allocation 2019

Kent Individual Schools Information

Application Process for 2019 entry

Key Action

Scheme Date

Registration for testing opens

Monday 3 June 2019

Closing date for registration

Wednesday 3 July 2019

Test date for pupils in Kent primary schools

Thursday 12 September 2019

Test date for out of county pupils

Saturday 14 September 2019

Assessment decision sent to parents

Thursday 17 October 2019

Then as for Kent Secondary Schools Page

 KCC publishes a Kent Test Familiarisation Booklet which gives guidance and examples of questions of the type used in the Kent Test. 

Test Specification for 2020 entry

Kent candidates will take the tests on Thursday 12 September 2019. External candidates will take them on Saturday 14 September 2019. Everyone will take the tests on one day. 

The first test will be an English and Maths paper in multiple-choice format with a separate machine readable (OMR) answer sheet. The English test is the first section. The whole test will take an hour to administer, plus any admin time before formal timing begins. Each sub-test will take 25 minutes, and will be preceded by a five minute practice exercise. Children will be required to stop at the end of the English section and wait for instructions before they start the Maths paper. The English will involve a comprehension exercise plus some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.

The second test will be a Reasoning paper in multiple-choice format. It will take about an hour* to administer, including the practice drills and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length, with the verbal reasoning being the first part. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into four short sections, administered and timed individually (as in the previous tests).

There will still be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be taken into consideration in borderline cases referred to the local Head Teacher Assessment Panel. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes to plan the piece.

 *Exactly how long the reasoning test takes will depend on how quickly the practice drill and questions are completed before each timed section.  

 Scores:

Scores will still be age standardised, using a national standardisation. The score range on each paper will be 69 or 70 to 140 or 141 as now, so the maximum aggregate standardised score would be 380 or 382.

 Threshold: 

Until Kent pupils have taken the tests it will not be possible to predict the threshold for grammar school but it is probable that it will be set in a similar way, using a minimum aggregate score and a minimum level for a single score.

Wherever the threshold is set, those schools which rank children by aggregate score for admission will continue to work down their list of applicants in score order, taking the highest scorers first, so the only effect of the changes will be that the scores involved will be different because fewer tests are involved. 

Appeals:

You cannot appeal against a Kent Test Result, only against a decision not to be awarded a grammar school place you have applied for. 

 
Disability leading to a need to make adjustments to the Kent Test
Kent County Council has published its Guidelines for Requesting Reasonable Adjustments to 11 plus Test materials or the granting of additional time in the Test here.  You will find the guidance below the form. The keys are that it is the school that makes any request, not the parents; it has to be made in good time (there is a 24th June deadline given on the past information at this link); and that appropriate evidence has to be provided of a special education need which shows the school is "providing evidence to enable the LA to consider whether a child is disabled within the terms of the Equality Act 2010, and whether adjustments to 11+ materials or conditions may be appropriate. It is essential that you provide clear, concise, up-to-date evidence. Requests for adjustments will not be considered where no evidence is provided or the evidence is out of date".  Please note that a common outcome is for the child to be given extra time in the written test, which is of limited value as this is only taken into account in the event of a Headteacher Assessment, see below
 
Kent Test Results
 When results are sent out on 12th October, they confirm whether the child has been found selective or not, together with the results of the Individual Tests. Those who consider appealing are in for a long wait, as you cannot appeal until you are allocated a school on 2nd March 2020. The first appeals are generally heard by the beginning of May. Feel sorry for those given an assessment on 12th October 2019, whose appeal is not heard until the middle of June 2020!

The pass mark is set to select 21% of Kent children and may vary from year to year. This variation does not mean that the test varies in standard. Kent County Council set a new test structure for 2015 entry explained in the Test Specification above, and some of the articles whose links are provided at the beginning of this article.

All parents of Kent grammar school applicants will have their decision letters placed in the post on 12th October 2019 to arrive on doorsteps on the 13th.  For those parents (the large majority) who registered on line and provided a valid email address, an email will be sent after 4pm, on the 12th October. With some 16,000 results to be sent out, this sometimes takes considerable time.  For those parents who registered online but did not provide a valid email address they will be able to log onto the KCC website to view the decisions after 5pm. These contain just the pass/fail decision, for individual marks contact your primary school. Please note, I have now retired from offering individual advice.

Consult the article on In Year Admissions if you are looking for a new grammar school at other times.

Note: Under the Data Protection Act, Schedule 7, Section 9, candidates do not have the right to see their test papers once they have been handed in. The Freedom of Information Act does not override the Data Protection Act in this matter.  However,  KCC officers are happy to check scores. 

Headteacher Assessment (HTA)

Primary school headteachers are provided with the results at the beginning of October. They have the right to apply for a 'Headteacher Assessment' (often called Headteacher Appeal) for children who have not reached the pass standard. This is carried out on a confidential basis without parents being informed.  A Panel of headteachers then considers a selection of work submitted by the primary school, the English written paper taken as part of the Kent Test and a report containing evidence from the Primary headteacher.  This process produces a further 4%(in theory, around 6% in practice) to bring the total of 25% across Kent. Children from outside Kent are considered on the same basis but do not count in the statistical exercise. If the child is successful in the headteacher assessment, then the decision is regarded as a pass on an equal footing with those who gained automatic selection through test results. This means that the child is found selective and this decision is recognised at all Kent grammar schools. Importantly, Government has confirmed that this process is an assessment, not a review. The difference in definition is important as government legislation places severe constraints on applicants applying for a Review in authorities such as Medway (go to Review).

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE ONLY TWO REASONS ACCEPTED FOR TAKING THE KENT TESTS AFTER THE DUE DATE:

  •  1) YOUR CHILD IS ILL FOR ONE OR BOTH TESTS AND THIS IS CONFIRMED BY A DOCTOR'S LETTER;
     2) YOU MOVE INTO KENT AFTER 1 JULY 2019 AND SUBMIT YOUR SCAF BY 10 DECEMBER
  • OTHERWISE YOU HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL APRIL AND SUBMIT AN APPLICATION TO INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS THROUGH THE IN YEAR ADMISSION PROCESS WHO WILL ARRANGE TESTING (Contact KCC admissions to confirm process). 

A total of 26% out of the whole cohort of children living in Kent were found selective for 2018 entry. The proportion of children in the west of the county taking the tests is lower than in the east, whilst the proportion passing is higher. You will find comprehensive statistics here  (I still do not have full 2019 statistics due to a long term issue with errors and delays in responding to my FOI, but you will find my initial assessment here). 

  • Six Kent grammar schools also offer places through their own tests. These are: Dover Grammar School for Boys; Dover Grammar School for Girls; Folkestone School for Girls; The Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone; Highsted Grammar, Sittingbourne; and Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend. Eligibility for admission depends on success at either the school's own test or the Kent Test, although if the school is oversubscribed, as happened with all five of the six schools for 2018 entry (Highsted having eight vacancies after expanding provision by 30 places), places are awarded through the oversubscription criteria which do not take into account which test was passed to achieve eligibility. 
  • The following schools will offer some or all of their places to the highest scoring applicants. You need to read the oversubscription criteria  to determine the rules:  Dartford Grammar School, Dartford Grammar School for Girls, Judd School, Maidstone Grammar School,Rochester Grammar School (Girls), Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Skinners School, Tonbridge Grammar School (Girls). For some of these you will not know the pass mark before applying, although there is guidance elsewhere on this website (use the search engine or go to Individual Schools). Depending on the school, the mark  may only be determined by the scores of those applying and will become public in March 2020 when decisions are announced.
  • You will also find links to Medway Test outcomes  for 2020 entry.

Some Grammar School Admission Scenarios:

  • If the child has passed the Kent tests, you may name just grammar schools on your SCAF. If your child does not qualify for any of these, because other children have taken up all available places, you could be offered the nearest grammar school with a vacancy, although KCC has no obligation to do so and tends to offer a place at the nearest non-selective school. In some previous years this has affected children in Canterbury, Dartford, Faversham,Gravesham & Maidstone. What was described as "an unwritten policy" by KCC that a Kent child who passed the 11 plus was entitled to a grammar school place, no longer applies.
  • The Dover, Shepway, Mayfield and Highsted Tests do not qualify you for admission to any other grammar school.
  • If your child has not taken the eleven plus, you can only be considered for non selective schools.

  • If your child has taken the eleven plus and not passed, and you wish to appeal, you must name the grammar schools you wish to appeal to on the SCAF, together with any non selective schools you wish to apply to.

  • If your child has passed the eleven plus and you name grammar schools and a non selective school, for example a church comprehensive school, you will be offered the highest school on your list for which your child is eligible. If  this is the non selective school then you will be offered it in preference to a grammar school lower down your list.

 

 

 

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