Are you considering applying to Maidstone Grammar School? We've collated all the information you need to know about 2024 entry to Year 7. Keep reading to learn about key dates, the admissions process, and how to help your son excel in the Kent Test!
Maidstone Grammar School is a selective state school for boys aged 11–18 with a mixed sixth form in Maidstone, Kent. It was founded in 1549 by a royal charter from King Edward VI and continues to celebrate values and traditions shaped by nearly 500 years of history.
Students at Maidstone Grammar School are encouraged to be interested and interesting, aspirational and inspirational. A bespoke 'Learning to Learn' course gives all children in Year 7 the foundation needed to build effective study techniques and teaches skills such as time management, how to use the library effectively, and how our brains learn new things.
There's a wide range of co-curricular activities on offer, designed to support students as they explore interests and talents beyond their academic studies. Programmes include the Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, with plenty of opportunities in the arts, drama, music and sport.
Address: Maidstone Grammar School, Barton Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7BT
Local authority: Kent County Council
School type: boys' grammar with mixed sixth form
Headteacher: Mark Tomkins
Number of pupils: 1,400+
National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 225
A level results: 70.3%
GCSE results: 46.4% A*/A/9/8/7
Admissions contact: Mrs Byatt, Admissions Officer – [email protected], 01622 752101
Number of places in Year 7: 205
Open events: October 2023
11 plus registration opens: Thursday 1st June 2023
11 plus registration closes: Monday 3rd July 2023 at midnight
11 plus exam date: Thursday 7th September 2023
11 plus exam type: The Kent Test
Common application form (CAF) deadline: 31st October 2023
National school offer day: 1st March 2023
The term dates at Maidstone Grammar School for 2023–2024 are:
Autumn term: 1st September – 15th December 2023
Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
Spring term: 2nd January – 28th March 2024
Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
Summer term: 15th April – 23rd July 2024
Half term: 27th–31st May 2024
Maidstone Grammar School uses the Kent Test to select pupils for entry in Year 7. The Kent Test is an 11 plus exam taken by 32 grammar schools in the county and aims to identify children in the top 25% of the ability range in their year group. Boys who are successful in the Kent Test will be assessed as suitable for a grammar school.
Registration for the Kent Test will open on Thursday 1st June 2023 and close on Monday 3rd July 2023 at midnight. You will be able to complete your child's registration on the Kent County Council website. If you are also considering grammar schools in Medway or the London Borough of Bexley, you will need to register separately because these schools do not use the Kent Test.
If your child is eligible for the pupil premium, they may be prioritised for places under the school's admission criteria. You will need to provide proof of eligibility and complete a supplementary information form (SIF) to indicate this. The supplementary information form is included at the end of the school admission policy.
You will receive your child's results in the Kent Test after 4pm on Wednesday 18th October 2023. If they have achieved the pass mark in the exam, they will be eligible for a grammar school place. You can then name Maidstone Grammar School as one of your preferred schools on your common application form.
Make sure to check the admissions policy for the school before you complete your common application form. Passing the Kent Test will not be a guarantee of a place as more children reach the qualifying standard each year than there are places available. We've summarised the key points in the admission policy below.
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 you live in Kent you will need to complete the form on the Kent County Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.
Boys applying for Year 7 entry to Maidstone Grammar School will take the Kent Test on Thursday 7th September 2023. If your child attends a primary school outside of Kent, they will take the test on the weekend of the 9th September 2023.
The Kent Test consists of two multiple-choice papers, each taking around one hour to complete. The subjects assessed are:
Paper 1: English and maths
Paper 2: verbal and non-verbal reasoning
Children taking the Kent Test also complete a creative writing exercise. This isn’t formally marked and doesn’t form part of the total scores, but it may be used by a local headteacher panel in borderline cases or in an appeal. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes of planning time.
Find out more in our comprehensive guide to the Kent Test and access free 11 plus resources to help your child prepare.
Your child will receive four scores on the Kent Test. The results from the English, maths and reasoning sections will all be age-standardised to produce three separate scores, in addition to one overall (aggregate) score.
Children typically need a total score of 332 or more out of the total 423, with no single score lower than 108, to be eligible for a place at a grammar school in Kent. However, Maidstone Grammar School will prioritise places for children who achieve a score of 360 or more.
Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at a grammar school, as schools are usually 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 Maidstone Grammar School below.
Maidstone Grammar School has 210 places available in Year 7. Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school and who have been assessed as suitable for a grammar school will automatically be allocated a place. The number of remaining places will then be reduced accordingly.
Priority for the remaining places will then be given to children who meet the criteria below, in order:
All qualifying children who are defined as 'looked after' or 'previously looked after'
Qualifying children who live within one of the listed parishes and have achieved a pass mark of 360 or more. Within this group, priority will be given to a) children in receipt of free school meals, b) siblings of current pupils, and c) those living the shortest distance to the school.
Other qualifying children who live in one of the listed parishes. Within this group, priority will be given to a) children in receipt of free school meals, b) siblings of current pupils, and c) those living the shortest distance to the school.
Other qualifying children in the order of a) children in receipt of free school meals, b) siblings of current pupils, and c) those living the shortest distance to the school.
If there is a tie break for any of these criteria, random selection will be used to decide which child should be offered the place.
The catchment area for Maidstone Grammar School incorporates the following parishes:
Addington, Aylesford (includes Eccles), Barming, Bearsted, Bicknor, Birling, Borough Green, Boughton Malherbe, Boughton Monchelsea, Boxley, Bredhurst, Broomfield and Kingswood, Burham, Chart Sutton, Collier Street, Coxheath, Detling, Ditton, Downswood, East Farleigh, East Malling and Larkfield, East Sutton, Frinsted, Harrietsham, Headcorn, Hollingbourne, Hucking, Hunton, Ightham, Kings Hill, Langley, Leeds, Lenham (including Lenham & Platts Heath), Leybourne, Linton, Loose, Maidstone, Marden, Mereworth, Nettlestead, Offham, Otham, Platt, Ryarsh, Snodland, Stansted, Staplehurst, Stockbury, Sutton Valence, Teston, Thurnham, Tovil, Trottiscliffe, Ulcombe, Wateringbury, West Farleigh, West Malling, West Peckham, Wichling, Wormshill, Wrotham, Wouldham, and Yalding (including Laddingford).
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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.
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