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Highsted Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Highsted Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Highsted Grammar School is a girls' grammar school established in 1904 in Sittingbourne, Kent, with a co-educational sixth form. The school has specialist status in science and sponsorship from Microsoft. Emphasis is placed on personalisation, proactive mentoring and pastoral care with the aim of liberating young women and developing self-starters.

The school aims for its students to develop their own passion for learning and has introduced a 'super-curriculum' across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, where students are encouraged to pick activities from their favourite subjects to continue learning at home.

Highsted Grammar School is considered 'outstanding' by Ofsted and was featured in Her Majesty's Chief Inspectors' list of outstanding schools.

11 plus information for Highsted Grammar School

  • Address: Highsted Grammar School, Highsted Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4PT

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01795 424223

  • School type: girls' grammar (co-ed sixth form)

  • Number of pupils: 860

  • Number of places in Year 7: 120

  • Open day date: not available (contact the school directly)

  • 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)

Highsted Grammar School term dates

The 2022-23 term dates for Highsted Grammar School are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th – 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

How and when to apply to Highsted Grammar School

Highsted Grammar School complies with Kent's Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. Your daughter will need to be registered for the Kent Test and you will need to complete the Kent Secondary Common Application Form.

Registration for the Kent Test is usually open from 1st June to 1st July (more details about the registration process are available at kent.gov.uk). To apply to Highsted Grammar School, you will need to put the school’s name on the application form.

Highsted Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Applicants for Year 7 entry will need to take the Kent 11 plus test (The Kent Test) on Saturday 17th September.

However, Highsted Grammar School has an additional (optional) admissions exam, which will be taken on Saturday 10th September. If a girl is unsuccessful in the Kent Test but passes the Highsted procedure, she will still be eligible for a place. Applicants who wish to take the optional Highsted tests in addition to the Kent tests will need to register between Wednesday 1st June and Friday 1st July 2022 (the form can be downloaded from the school website from when applications open).

In case the number of successful applicants succeeds the 120 places available, Highsted Grammar School first admits children who have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education Health Care Plan. Following this, candidates will be offered places in the following order:

  • Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children

  • Children in receipt of Pupil Premium

  • Children with a sister (or brother in the sixth form) attending the school at the time of entry

  • Nearness of children's home to school

The school does not have a specified catchment area.

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

All applicants to Highsted Grammar School will take the Kent Test, which is used by most selective schools in the county of Kent.

The Kent Test has three separate papers:

  • Section 1: English and maths (one hour). Consists of a five-minute practise exercise followed by a 25-minute test for each subject

  • Section 2: Reasoning (one hour). Consists of two sections (verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning)

  • Section 3: Writing (50 minutes). Consists of 10 minutes for planning and 40 minutes for the test

Sections 1 and 2 are multiple-choice tests. Section 3 is a creative writing exercise, but it isn’t marked as part of the Kent Test and will only be used in ‘borderline’ cases by headteachers.

Kent County Council offers a ‘familiarisation paper’ and other materials to help your child practise.

Highsted Grammar School's own entrance test

Applicants sitting the optional assessment on Saturday 10th September 2022 will take two tests:

  • A computer-based test that will assess verbal ability, numerical reasoning and non-verbal reasoning. This will be locally standardised.

  • A paper-based English test to assess reading and writing skills.

The pass marks of these tests will depend on the range of results achieved. More details of these tests will be published on the school website in May 2022.

How to prepare your daughter for the Highsted Grammar School 11 plus exam

We recommend to start preparing early for the 11 plus. Help your child to prepare by breaking down each section of the test into smaller, more manageable parts and encourage her to familiarise herself with the different exercises.

Work with your child to identify weaker areas and practise time management with online mock tests.

It's likely that the questions on the 11 plus test will be different to any your child has faced in school previously, so introducing your daughter to sample questions and familiarisation materials like the ones in the Kent Test are essential to improving your child's confidence.

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.

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