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Cranbrook School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:54 PM

Cranbrook School 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022

Founded in 1518 and given a royal charter by Elizabeth I, Cranbrook School is a historic school in the Wealden countryside enjoying 75 acres of green space. Cranbrook is a co-educational grammar school that offers boarding as well as day places.

The school is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and offers a wide range of extracurricular activities as well as excellent teaching. Academic results are consistently among the best for state schools in the UK, and many leavers go on to Oxbridge and other Russell Group universities.

11 plus information for Cranbrook School

  • Address: Cranbrook School, Waterloo Road, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3JD

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01580 711805

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 870 (approximately)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 60 (day places only)

  • Open day dates: June, September, October, November

  • Exam date: 8th September 2022 (for children in Kent primary schools) and 10th September 2022 (other children outside of Kent)

  • Exam board type: Kent Test (GL)

Cranbrook School term dates

The school term dates for 2022-2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December

  • Half term: 19th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January – 31st March

  • Half term: 9th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 18th April – 12th July

  • Half term: 27th May – 2nd June

How and when to apply for Cranbrook School

For entry in Year 7, Cranbrook School complies with Kent’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. That means your child will need to register for the Kent Test and complete the Kent Secondary Common Application Form in the year before they start school.

Registration for the Kent Test is usually open from 1st June to 1st July. You can find more details at To apply to Cranbrook School, you just need to include its name on the application form.

Cranbrook School 11 plus admissions process

Cranbrook School has just 60 day places for the 11 plus, so admissions are selective via the Kent Test.

The school uses the following oversubscription criteria to allocate Year 7 places:

  • Children who are or have been in Local Authority care

  • Children receiving ‘Pupil Premium’

  • Children for whom attendance as a day student is a ‘social need’

You can find more information about the oversubscription criteria in the Cranbrook School day admissions policy.

Cranbrook School catchment area prioritises children living in the civil parishes of Cranbrook, Sissinghurst, Goudhurst, Staplehurst, Frittenden, Benenden, Sandhurst, and Hawkhurst, and any other children living within 8.5km of the school in a straight line.

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

Year 7 applicants to Cranbrook School must take the Kent Test. This test is used by most selective schools in Kent, and consists of three separate assessments:

  • Section 1: English and maths – consisting of a five minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test for each subject (one hour total)

  • Section 2: Reasoning – consisting of two sections, one on verbal reasoning and one on non-verbal reasoning (one hour total)

  • Section 3: Writing – 40 minutes plus ten minutes planning time

Sections 1 and 2 contain multiple choice questions, and section 3 is a single creative writing exercise. Only sections 1 and 2 are marked as part of the Kent Test, and section 3 is only used by headteachers to assess ‘borderline’ admissions cases.

Kent County Council offers a ‘familiarisation paper’, as well as other materials to help your child practise, on its webpage for the Kent Test.

How to prepare your child for the Cranbrook School 11 plus exam

It’s best to start preparing for the 11 plus early. Make a revision plan with your child that splits the test into small exercises to help them focus and work on any challenging areas. Make sure they are doing regular reading, as well as their revision, to expand their vocabulary and increase their concentration.

Timed exercises and mock tests are also a great way to get your child ready for exam day and build their time management skills. The style of questions on the 11 plus can be different to ones your child has encountered before, so make sure you introduce them to sample questions and familiarisation materials. There are free 11 plus materials available online, although only some of these follow the specific format of the Kent Test.

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At Atom Learning, we have over 90,000 teacher-written practice questions and unlimited mock tests that mirror the format and structure of the Kent Test. We also offer live exam prep courses and lessons to help build their skills in a friendly, encouraging, and interactive way. You can start your 5-day free trial of Nucleus today to ensure your child is fully confident and prepared for the 11 plus.

We know how crucial this time is, so our team is on hand to support you and your family every step of the way. You can book a call with one of our Education Experts to ask any questions you may have about the Kent Test or preparing for Cranbrook School:

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