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

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Invicta Grammar School is a girls’ grammar school and academy in Maidstone, Kent. With a strong reputation for academic achievement and a supportive environment, it was ranked 89th nationwide in the Sunday Times Parent Power Best UK Schools Guide 2021. In 2018/19 96% of its GCSE students achieved a grade 5 or above in English.

Ofsted rated the school ‘outstanding’ in 2012.

11 plus information for Invicta Grammar School

  • Address: Invicta Grammar School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DS

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01622755856

  • School type: girls' grammar school with academy status

  • Number of pupils: 1,574

  • Number of places in Year 7: 240

  • Open day date: normally October

  • 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)

Invicta Grammar School term dates

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

  • Autumn term: 6th September - 17th December

  • Half term: 25th October - 5th November

  • Spring term: 4th January - 1st April

  • Half term: 14th - 18th February

  • Summer term: 19th April - 15th July

  • Half term: 30th May - 3rd June

How and when to apply to Invicta Grammar School

Like many other grammar schools in Kent, Invicta uses the Kent 11 plus test. Applicants must be registered for the Kent Test and need to submit the Kent Secondary Common Application form, specifying their school preference, the year before entry.

Registration for the Kent Test normally opens on the 1st of June and closes on the 1st of July. More details are available on the Kent County Council website.

Invicta Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Prospective applicants sit the Kent Test and express their preference via the Kent Secondary Common Application form. The school is typically in high demand and is oversubscribed with girls who have passed the test. When this happens, the following criteria is used:

  • Looked after and previously looked after children

  • Children with a sibling already attending the school

  • Those with medical, health and special access reasons

  • Children in receipt of pupil premium

  • Children of permanent members of staff

  • Nearness of children’s home to school

The Kent Test 11 plus exam format and content

The Kent Test is a long-standing 11 plus examination used by most academically selective schools in Kent. It includes questions on English, maths and reasoning.

Girls applying to Invicta Grammar School take three exams:

  • English and Maths: One hour. 5-minute practise exercise followed by a 25-minute multiple-choice test for each subject.

  • Reasoning: One hour including practice sections and multiple-choice questions which cover verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

  • Writing: 40 minutes including 10 minutes planning time.

The writing exercise is not marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel in borderline cases.

How to prepare your child for the Kent 11 Plus

If your daughter will be sitting the Kent 11 plus we recommend you begin your preparations at least a year in advance. English, maths and reasoning all deserve a high level of attention, and while some time should be spent on writing, it’s worth remembering that it isn’t given the same weight as the others.

Kent County Council have published a familiarisation paper and further subject-specific materials which can be found on their website.

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