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Sunday, 07 November 2010 20:36

Problems with the Medway Test at the Chatham Grammar School for Boys Centre

Children at the Chatham Grammar School test centre, had their maths test halted five minutes early and some papers were collected in. The children were then given the correct time, but the confusion will certainly have affected some pupils' chances of success, especially as they then had to sit the English test
(you will find my views on the English test elsewhere on this website!). I was consulted by both Medway Messenger and BBC South East on this issue. There have been several problems with eleven plus test timings in recent years, including this year at St Augustine's Primary School in Ramsgate, and last year at the Judd School for out of county candidates.
In the latter case, the Local Government Ombudsman  criticised Kent County Council on the grounds that they should have organised a retest and not left it to the Appeal Procedure. The Ombudsman does have discretion to consider cases before the appeal process has worked out, and so I recommend that if on Friday you believe your child has lost out because of the error, you should put in a complaint to the Ombudsman who would consider these on a case by case basis (i.e. not come to a mass conclusion for all candidates). You would also have found my views in the Medway Messenger.
Last modified on Tuesday, 01 March 2011 10:47

1 comment

  • Comment Link Saturday, 24 September 2011 18:14 posted by Paul Matthews

    there was a further problen today at Chatham Grammar school during the 11+ test whereby the written exam sheet that was handed out to the children was blank...absolutely incredible as that may sound.
    After 10 or 15 minutes of flaffing around the actual instructions for the written topic was found however the test still finished at the planned time!! in effect they had less time to complete than other test centres. any advice would be most welcome as I am absolutely livid

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