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Kendrick School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2023

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Kendrick School: a parents' guide for 2023

Founded in 1877 in Reading, Berkshire, Kendrick School is a selective 11-18 girls’ grammar school with academy status as of February 2011. Kendrick School has an impressive record of academic achievements and is recognised as one of the best state schools in the country, graded ‘outstanding’ in its last four Ofsted inspections and described as ‘among the top 1% of state-funded mainstream schools’ in terms of secondary pupil progress. It is a specialist school in science, maths and languages.

Kendrick School is not fee-paying. It is, however, highly competitive with up to 10 applicants for each place available.

11 plus exam information for Kendrick School

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

  • County: Berkshire

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 0118 9015859

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 803

  • Number of Year 7 places: 128

  • Open day: TBC

  • 11 plus exam dates: September

  • Exam board: GL Assessment

Kendrick School term dates

Kendrick School’s term dates for 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024

  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024

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

  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

What is the Kendrick School catchment area?

The Kendrick School catchment area, or ‘designated area’, is split into Priority Zones 1 and 2. Priority Zones determine admissions choices if the school is oversubscribed, which is likely.

Priority Zone 1 includes the following 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 Zone 2 includes the following postcodes:

  • 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, GU51, GU52

  • SL6 3, SL6 4, SL6 5, SL6 6

Kendrick School 11 plus admissions process

Applicants are admitted through the Kendrick School Admission Test. Applications for a place are made on the appropriate Local Authority (LA) Common Application Form (CAF), with a separate application being used to register for the Admission Test made directly to Kendrick School. Find full details on the Kendrick School admissions site.

In the case that there are more applicants than the 128 available places, the following criteria will be used to determine admissions in order of priority:

  1. Children that are looked after, or that have previously been looked after;

  2. Applicants in receipt of the Pupil Premium or Service Premium;

  3. Applicants residing within the designated area of the school (see above);

  4. Applicants not residing within the designated area of the school.

What is the Kendrick School 11 plus test?

Pupils applying to Kendrick School take an 11 plus test administered by GL Assessment.

GL Assessment exams assess four subjects: English, maths, verbal reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning. Not all schools and regions choose to use all four subjects and they can combine any of the papers with their own test content.

The number of questions and the timings are decided by the Local Authority, consortium, or school itself. Some schools also combine multiple subjects into a single paper. Kendrick School has not yet confirmed which papers it will use for its 11 plus test in September 2023.

When to apply for the 2023 Kendrick School 11 plus test

Parents/carers must register for the Kendrick School Admission Test by completing the online registration form, available on the school website from May 2023. The deadline for registering for the Kendrick School 11 plus is in July, with late applications only accepted in exceptional circumstances.

The Kendrick School 11 plus test is taken in the autumn term of 2023.

How to prepare for the Kendrick School 11 plus

With the right preparation, your daughter should be able to walk into the Kendrick School 11 plus feeling confident that she will perform to the best of her ability. Starting preparation at least one year before the exam will help make the process more manageable and prevent it from becoming overwhelming for your daughter. It’s best to introduce material in short chunks, making the process more engaging and slowly building up your child’s stamina.

A great way to prepare is to practice Key Stage 2 English and maths questions, plus questions in verbal and non-verbal reasoning. Once your daughter feels comfortable, you can start to introduce online mock tests into her routine to build exam techniques and get an idea of how well she is currently performing and any areas that might require further support.

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