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Fort Pitt Grammar School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2023

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:43 PM

Fort Pitt Grammar School: a parents' guide for 2023


Fort Pitt Grammar School is a selective girls' academy for ages 11-18 in Chatham, Kent. The school, built on an old Napoleonic fort, became an academy in 2010. The school has worked as part of the Fort Pitt Grammar School Academy Trust with two other schools since 2012. In 2015, after the trust merged with The Thomas Aveling School to form the FTPA, the school was also designated a national support school and 'Leading Edge' school.

Fort Pitt Grammar School has a reputation for producing consistently excellent GCSE and A level results, above the national average. Fort Pitt Grammar School divides its students into four houses, each named after inspirational women from history, competing in events throughout the year such as sports days and academic events.

Fort Pitt Grammar School may become co-educational from 2024, under plans put forward by Medway Council. The proposed changes mean that 5% more children who pass the Medway Test could get a place at a grammar school in the area, resulting in a more equal split of boys and girls' places. The plans for this are still in progress.

11 plus information for Fort Pitt Grammar School

  • Address: Fort Pitt Hill, Chatham ME4 6TJ

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01634 842359

  • School type: Academy

  • Number of pupils: 900

  • Number of places in Year 7: 120

  • Open day date: early/mid October

  • 11 plus exam dates: mid-September

  • Exam board type: Medway Test

Fort Pitt Grammar School term dates

The term dates for Fort Pitt Grammar School in 2023–24 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 22nd December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 2023

  • Spring term: 8th January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

Admissions process for Fort Pitt Grammar School

Fort Pitt Grammar School uses the Medway admission criteria to determine which pupils are eligible for a place. If places are oversubscribed, priority is given to students who have an elder sibling at the school, students who have attended a school in the Beyond Schools Trust, children of staff, girls who live within 2 miles of the school and girls from a selection of surrounding parishes. Fort Pitt School has a catchment area based on location and distance from the school.

Open days for Fort Pitt Grammar School are in October, which allows both parents and potential pupils to learn more about the admissions process and see the school and facilities.

How to apply for Fort Pitt Grammar School

To apply to Fort Pitt Grammar School for Girls, parents need to complete the common application form (CAF), which you can get from the Medway Local Authority. Parents looking to apply from schools outside the Medway Local Authority should apply by using the form provided by the Local Authority where they live.

Fort Pitt Grammar School uses the Medway 11 plus to assess potential students. Your child can take the Medway Test whether they live in Medway or not. Students sit the test at their school if they go to a Medway school or in a Medway Test centre.

When is the Fort Pitt Grammar School 11 plus exam taken?

Registration for the Medway Test opens and closes in June. The test takes place on various dates in September, depending on whether you live in Medway or not, with results issued in October. Fort Pitt Grammar School sends out offers for potential students the following March.

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The Fort Pitt Grammar School 11 plus exam format

The Fort Pitt Grammar School 11 plus consists of a verbal reasoning test, a maths test and an extended writing test. The verbal reasoning and maths tests last 50 minutes, each being multiple-choice. The English test is usually a 50-minute essay with 10 minutes of planning time.

You can learn more about the format and content of the Medway Test here.

How to prepare for the Fort Pitt Grammar 11 plus

It's best to start preparing as early as possible for the Fort Pitt Grammar School 11 plus to give your daughter the maximum amount of time to master all the material before the exam.

A good way to prepare is to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the GL Assessment exams. Carrying out mock tests helps students practice answering questions under pressure and improve their exam technique and time management.

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