Back to blog

Kendrick School 11+ guide

By Atom | Mar 27, 2024, 2:45 PM

Kendrick School, Berkshire

Thinking about applying to Kendrick School? Find out everything you need to know about admissions and how to prepare your child for success in the 11 plus.

Key information about Kendrick School

  • Address: Kendrick School, London Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5BN

  • Number of pupils: 850+

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 128

  • 11+ exam: GL Assessment 11 plus

  • Catchment area: yes

Dates for your diary

  • Open day: Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April 2024

  • 11+ registration opens: Wednesday 1st May 2024

  • 11+ registration closes: Monday 1st July 2024

  • 11+ exam date: Friday 20th September 2024

  • 11+ results released: mid-October 2024

  • Secondary school application deadline: Thursday 31st October 2024

  • School allocations: Saturday 1st March 2025

About Kendrick School

Kendrick School is a girls' grammar school founded in Reading, Berkshire. It was founded in 1877 and has an impressive record of academic achievement. Students' exam results are exceptional, placing the school among the best in the country.

Students at Kendrick School study a broad and balanced curriculum. Ofsted rates the school 'outstanding' in all areas, praising a 'first-class education'. Kendrick School is a hub school in the Science Leadership Partnership and provides science teaching support to other schools in Reading.

Beyond the classroom, girls at Kendrick School enjoy a diverse extracurricular education. Pupils are encouraged to get involved in the school's many clubs and societies. Activities include the creative arts, business and finance, dance and drama, music, and STEM.

How to apply to Kendrick School

Kendrick School is a selective school. This means that your child will need to take the 11 plus exam to be eligible for a place.

The deadline to register for the 11 plus exam at Kendrick School is Monday 1st July 2024. The exam will take place on Friday 20th 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 Kendrick School.

To apply, you’ll need to name the school 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 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 Kendrick School below.

What subjects are on the entrance exam?

Children applying to Kendrick School take an 11 plus exam provided by GL Assessment. This is one of the main providers of 11 plus exams in England.

The 11 plus exam for entry to Kendrick School consists of two one-hour papers. There will be a short break between the two papers.

All the questions are multiple-choice and cover four subjects:

  • English: your child will be assessed on the English content they have learned in school up to the start of Year 6. Areas which are typically assessed include reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

  • Maths: the maths questions cover the content taught on the national curriculum up to the start of Year 6. Areas your child might be assessed on include aspects of number, measurement, geometry and statistics. They might need to apply their skills to solve unfamiliar styles of problems.

  • Verbal reasoning: this is a type of problem-solving using written information – such as letters, symbols, numbers and words. Questions examine how words are produced, used, and the relationship between them. Your child might also need to use written information to solve a sequence.

  • Non-verbal reasoning: this is a type of problem-solving using abstract information, such as shapes and diagrams. Your child will need to look at the relationships between shapes and sequences of shapes by identifying common features. Some non-verbal reasoning questions also involve codes, where your child will need to match features of a shape with letters.

Guide to the GL Assessment 11 plus

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

Learn more
11 plus maths practice paper

How does place allocation work at Kendrick School?

Your child’s answers will be totalled together and converted into a standardised age score (SAS). This is a statistical process that takes into account your child’s age in years and months at the time of taking the test to ensure that younger children aren’t disadvantaged.

All children’s standardised age scores are then put into a rank order, from highest to lowest. Kendrick School allocates places based on this list. The school makes offers from the list following this priority order, where each category is ranked by score:

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children

  2. Children who live within Priority Area 1 or 2 (see below) and receive either the pupil premium or service premium

  3. Offers are then made to children who live within Priority Area 1 or 2, until 96 places have been filled. After this, 32 places are offered in this order until all places have been offered:

  4. Children who live within Priority Area 1

  5. Children who live within Priority Area 2

  6. Children who do not live within a designated area of the school

What is the priority area for Kendrick School?

Kendrick School has a designated area made up of Priority Area 1 and Priority Area 2:

  • Priority Area 1: postcodes RG1, RG2 0, RG2 6, RG2 7, RG2 8, RG30 1, RG30 2, RG30 3, RG30 4, RG30 6, RG31 4, RG31 5, RG31 6, RG31 7, RG4 5, RG4 6, RG4 7, RG4 8, RG5 3, RG6 1, RG6 5, RG6 6, RG6 7

  • Priority Area 2: RG2 9, RG4 9, RG5 4, RG6 3, RG6 4, RG7, RG8, RG9, RG10, RG12, RG27 0, RG40, RG41, RG42, RG45, GU17 0, GU46, GU47, SL6 3, SL6 4, SL6 5, SL6 6

Your child must be living permanently at an address within the designated area on 31st August 2024 (and still living there when they start school in September 2025) to be considered.

Atom’s top tips for 11 plus preparation

The 11 plus is designed to select the most academically able children in the country. 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 11 plus. 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

11 plus exams test your child’s ability to analyse and interpret written information. Regular reading is a great way to help your child 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 non-verbal reasoning question on a Kendrick School mock test on Atom

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 11 plus

Wish you could give your child a roadmap to success in the 11 plus? You can. Atom Home has everything you need to get prepared, in one package.

You don't need a tutor to get into your top-choice grammar school. You just need Atom. We’ll create a tailored plan for your child and support them along their fun revision journey.

  • Online and printable 11 plus practice papers

  • 90,000+ adaptive questions

  • 500+ hours of on-demand video lessons

  • Automatic marking and instant progress data

Atom Home

Navigate the 11 plus with confidence.

Start your free trial today. Our local admissions specialists will get to work on your child’s plan. Relax, 11 plus prep is sorted.

Try Atom for free
Atom Nucleus

Atom Learning Ltd. is registered and incorporated in England and Wales. Company Registration Number: 10867907 VAT number: 316903508 Copyright Atom Learning Ltd. All rights reserved.