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Dover Grammar School for Boys 11+ guide

By Atom | Feb 21, 2024, 4:00 PM

Dover Grammar School for Boys, Kent

Thinking about applying to Dover Grammar School for Boys? Find out everything you need to know about admissions and how to prepare your child for success in the Kent Test.

Key information for Dover Grammar School for Boys

  • Address: Dover Grammar School for Boys, Astor Avenue, Dover, Kent, CT17 0DQ

  • Number of pupils: approx 800

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • 11+ exam: Kent Test or Dover Test

  • Catchment area: no

Dates for your diary

  • Monday 3rd June 2024: Kent Test registration opens

  • Monday 1st July 2024: Kent Test registration closes

  • Monday 2nd September 2024: Kent County Council opens secondary school applications

  • Thursday 12th September 2024: Kent Test date for children in Kent primary schools

  • Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th September 2024: Kent Test date for children not in Kent primary schools

  • Thursday 17th October 2024: Kent Test results sent to parents

  • Thursday 31st October 2024: secondary school common application deadline

  • Monday 3rd March 2025: national school offers day

About Dover Grammar School for Boys

Dover Grammar School for Boys is a selective state school for boys aged 11–18 with a mixed sixth form in Dover, Kent. It was founded in 1905 as the Dover County School and continued to grow over the last century. In 2022, the school moved to a new building boasting more light, space and excellent facilities.

Boys study a broad, balanced and personalised curriculum that offers a variety of choice. GCSE options include three languages and studies in computer science, media and sociology. Dover Grammar School for Boys is rated 'good' by Ofsted.

How to apply to Dover Grammar School for Boys

Dover Grammar School for Boys is a selective school. This means that your child will need to take an 11 plus exam to be eligible for a place. There are two options for 11 plus exams for this school:

  • The main Kent 11 plus, known as the Kent Test.

  • The Dover Test, which is unique to grammar schools in Dover. This usually takes place on the Saturday after the Kent Test.

Your child does not have to take both tests.

Registration for the 2024 Kent Test opens in early June 2024 and closes in early July 2024. The exam will take place in September 2024 and you’ll receive your child’s results in mid-October. You can then use these results to decide whether to apply for a place at Dover Grammar School for Boys.

To apply, you’ll need to name Dover Grammar School for Boys as one of your preferred schools on the secondary school common application form. This will be available on your home council website from early September and must be submitted by Thursday 31st October 2024.

Remember – passing the 11 plus doesn’t guarantee that your child will be allocated a place at your preferred school. Many grammar schools are often oversubscribed with qualified children. Schools and their admissions authorities work through admissions criteria to prioritise children for places. We’ve included the admissions criteria for Dover Grammar School for Boys below.

What subjects are on the Kent Test?

Children applying to Dover Grammar School for Boys can take the Kent Test. This consists of two multiple-choice papers which are supplied by GL Assessment.

One paper lasts one hour and assesses English and maths. These questions are based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum.

The other paper lasts one hour and tests verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning and spatial reasoning. These subjects are not taught at school, so your child might be unfamiliar with these styles of questions.

What subjects are on the Dover Test?

The Dover Test covers verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, English and maths. The reasoning questions are similar to the Kent Test. And, like the Kent Test, the English and maths sections test your child's understanding of the Key Stage 2 national curriculum.

Guide to the Kent Test

Find out everything you need to know in our complete guide to the Kent Test. Plus, get access to free 11 plus resources to help your child feel confident for their exam!

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Verbal reasoning paper

How does place allocation work at Dover Grammar School for Boys?

Your child will get three standardised scores in the Kent Test – one each for English, maths and reasoning. They will also get one total (aggregate) score. Children need a total score of 332 or higher and no single score lower than 107 to qualify for a place at a Kent grammar school.

If your child took the Dover Test instead of the Kent Test, they will get a combined score. The Dover Test pass mark changes each year so that the highest-performing 25% of children pass.

If more than 150 children applying to Dover Grammar School for Boys achieve a qualifying 11 plus score, the school applies oversubscription criteria. Children are prioritised for places in the following order:

  1. Children whose education, health and care (EHC) plans name the school.

  2. Children who are or were in Local Authority care.

  3. Children who have had pupil premium funding (free school meals) at any point in the last 6 years.

  4. Children with a sibling at the school.

  5. Children with health and special access reasons to need to attend the school.

  6. Children of staff who work at the school.

  7. Other children, ranked in order of how close they live to the school in a straight line.

Atom’s top tips for Kent Test preparation

The Kent Test is designed to select local children working at the top ability range in their year group. Here are our top tips to help you and your child feel confident for exam day!

Bitesize learning

It’s important to build a good knowledge base before the Kent Test. Using a ‘little and often’ approach when learning is key – our brains encode new information more effectively when dealing with smaller ‘chunks’ of information. For children aged 10–11, child psychologists recommend regular study sessions of 20–30 minutes.

Atom Home makes learning a more enjoyable process for your child. They'll explore exciting worlds full of interactive questions, earning coins to spend in the Atom shop. Atom adapts to your child, showing them questions at just the right level of difficulty to keep them motivated.

A maths learning journey on Atom Home

Read widely

In the Kent Test, your child will need to analyse and interpret written information. Regular reading is a great way to build these skills.

Encourage them to read books from different genres and by a diverse range of authors. Increasing the variety of your child’s reading will help them understand different styles, tones and purposes. Meanwhile, reading a little every day will help widen their vocabulary, sharpen their analytical thinking, and enhance their imagination.

Refine exam technique

When your child feels confident with the topics they’ve learnt in Year 5, they’ll be ready to put their knowledge to the test.

Practice tests can help your child develop problem-solving skills and build confidence working under test conditions. They’re also a great way to consolidate learning and highlight knowledge gaps for further improvement.

With Atom Home, you'll unlock online mock tests and printable practice papers. Enjoy automatic marking and progress tracking with the online tests, and help your child get familiar with the real exam experience with printable practice papers.

A Kent Test reasoning mock test question on Atom home

Celebrate progress

Setting regular, achievable goals and celebrating your child’s progress – no matter how big or small – will help keep their motivation high.

Make sure to encourage a growth mindset. This means celebrating effort, as well as achievement! When your child makes mistakes or struggles to understand a particular topic, help them understand that they’ll improve through practice. Regular praise will help your child improve their resilience when tackling new and challenging topics.

Tailored preparation for the Kent Test

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