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Kendrick School 11 plus: 2024 entry guide

By Atom | Mar 8, 2023, 9:58 AM

Kendrick School, Berkshire

Are you considering Kendrick School for your daughter? We've collated everything you need to know about entry in 2024. Keep reading to find out about key dates, how to register, what's tested on the 11 plus and how to help your child excel.

About Kendrick School

Kendrick School is a girls' grammar school founded in 1877 in Reading, Berkshire. It has an impressive record of academic achievement with girls achieving exceptional exam results and is recognised as one of the best secondary schools in the country.

Students at Kendrick School study a broad and balanced curriculum that instils a love of learning. As a hub school in the Science Leadership Partnership, Kendrick School provides support and expertise to other schools in the Reading area in the teaching of science. Ofsted rates the school 'outstanding' in all areas and praise the school for delivering a 'first-class education across languages, humanities and a range of creative and practical subjects'.

Beyond the classroom, girls at Kendrick School enjoy a richly diverse extracurricular education. Pupils are encouraged to get involved in the school's many clubs and societies, with opportunities in the creative arts, business and finance, dance and drama, music, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

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

  • Local authority: Reading Borough Council

  • School type: girls' grammar

  • Headteacher: Christine Kattirtzi

  • Number of pupils: 850+

  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 14

  • A level results: 89.6% A*–B

  • GCSE results: 94.2% A*/A/9/8/7

Key info for Year 7 admissions

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 0118 9015859

  • Number of places in Year 7: 128

  • Open events: 25th, 26th and 27th April 2023. Book a place online

  • 11 plus registration opens: 1st May 2023

  • 11 plus registration closes: 1st July 2023

  • 11 plus exam date: 16th September 2023

  • 11 plus exam type: GL Assessment

  • National school offer day: 1st March 2024

Kendrick School term dates

The term dates at Kendrick School 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

How to apply to Kendrick School

Kendrick School is its own admissions authority and is not part of a grammar school consortium. This means that if your child is applying to several grammar schools in the area, you will need to complete the registration process for those schools separately.

1. Register for the Kendrick School Admission Test

Girls are selected for places at Kendrick School based on their results in the Kendrick School Admission Test. This is an 11 plus exam, taken in September in Year 6, designed to select the girls who are working within the top 25% of their year group.

Online registration for the Kendrick School 11 plus will open on 1st May 2023 and close at midnight on Saturday 1st July 2023.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your child's results in the Kendrick School Admission Test in mid-October 2023, indicating whether your daughter is eligible for a grammar school place. You can use these results to decide whether to name Kendrick School as one of your preferred schools on your common application form.

Before listing the school as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. Passing the 11 plus will not be a guarantee of a place as more children reach the qualifying standard each year than there are places available.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023. The form must be completed for your home local authority – i.e. if Reading Borough Council is your local authority, you will need to complete the common application form on the Reading Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.

What's on the Kendrick School 11 plus?

Girls applying for a place in Year 7 at Kendrick School will take the 11 plus test on Saturday 16th September 2023.

Kendrick School uses test papers created by GL Assessment. Girls will take two papers, each lasting approximately one hour and consisting of multiple-choice questions. The papers cover a mix of:

  • Verbal reasoning

  • Non-verbal reasoning

  • English

  • Maths

Find out more in our comprehensive guide to the 11 plus in Berkshire and access free resources to help your child prepare.

Berkshire 11 plus guide

What is the pass mark for Kendrick School?

Your daughter's marks in the Kendrick School Admission Test will be age-standardised to ensure that children born later in the school year aren't disadvantaged. The aggregate scores will then be placed in rank order.

There is no set pass mark for entry to Kendrick School, as it depends on the success rate of the year group. Children whose aggregate scores are at the top of the ranked list will be most eligible for a place.

However, achieving a score higher on the list won't guarantee a place, as Kendrick School is always oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area. We've included the admission criteria for Kendrick School below.

Kendrick School admission criteria

There are 128 places available in Year 7 at Kendrick School. Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names Kendrick School and who have reached the qualifying standard in the 11 plus will be admitted automatically. The number of remaining places will then be reduced accordingly.

If the number of children who have reached the qualifying standard in the 11 plus and who list Kendrick School as a preferred school exceeds the number of available places, the school will use oversubscription criteria. Offers will be made from the ranked list in the following order of priority:

  1. Looked after and previously looked after children

  2. Children who live within Priority Area 1 or 2 and receive the pupil premium or service premium

  3. Children who live within Priority Area 1 or 2 (offered until 96 places have been filled)

  4. Children who live within Priority Area 1

  5. Children who live within Priority Area 2

  6. Children whose permanent home address is not within the school's designated area

Kendrick School catchment area

The catchment area for Kendrick School covers Priority Areas 1 and 2. Each area is determined by the postcode of the child's home address. Places are offered to children who rank highly in the Kendrick School Admission Test and who live within the designated area.

  • 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

How to help your child prepare for the 11 plus

Here are our top tips on how to best prepare your child for the Kendrick School 11 plus.

Cover all the content

The 11 plus assesses a large breadth and depth of learning objectives across the Key Stage 2 national curriculum and beyond.

We recommend that your child starts revising content at least one year before the test. Setting aside study periods using a 'little and often' approach will give them time to build the skills and knowledge they need. When preparing, avoid falling into the trap of over-focusing on either the topics your child enjoys or the topics they find hardest.

Atom Home is an 11 plus online course that tailors your child's personalised learning journey to cover all elements of the 11 plus at the right pace for them.

No surprises

Your child will encounter lots of unfamiliar types of questions in the 11 plus exam. Building exam technique with 11 plus test papers will help your child to feel fully confident with the styles of questions they'll encounter in the exam, reducing the potential for stress on the day.

Celebrate their progress

Setting regular goals and celebrating achievements will help keep motivation high. Atom Home offers data-driven insights into your child’s progress towards mastering the 11 plus curriculum, making it easy to see where they need to focus next.

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Kendrick School 11 plus practice papers

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