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

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Founded in 1549, Maidstone Grammar School is a historic yet innovative boys’ school in Kent. Headmaster Mr M Tomkins has spoken of his staff’s commitment to seeing students fulfil their academic potential while also developing the morals and values that will underpin their adult lives. An aesthetically-pleasing mixture of old and new, the school has a Tudor-style quadrangle along with new performing arts and science buildings and an all-weather sports pitch on site.

11 plus information for Maidstone Grammar School

  • Address: Maidstone Grammar School, Barton Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 7BT

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01622 752101

  • School type: Boys’ grammar school

  • Number of pupils: 1,381

  • Number of places in Year 7: 205

  • Open day date: 20th October 2022

  • 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)

Maidstone Grammar School term dates

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

  • Autumn term: 1st September - 16th December

  • Half term: 24th - 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May - 2nd June

How and when to apply to Maidstone Grammar School

Maidstone Grammar School uses the Kent 11 plus test. Applicants must be registered for the Kent Test in Year 5, then after sitting the exam in September of Year 6 (and receiving results in October), they need to submit the Kent Secondary Common Application form, specifying their school preferences.

Registration for the Kent Test is normally open between the 1st of June the 1st of July. More details are available on the Kent County Council website.

Maidstone Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Like many grammar schools, Maidstone Grammar School uses a transfer examination - the Kent 11 Plus.

As the school is a popular option for local families, it is often oversubscribed. When this is the case, the the following criteria are used:

  • Looked after and previously looked after children

  • Qualifying children resident in one of the listed parishes achieving a pass mark of 360 who, in order, receive free school meals; are siblings of current students; live in the shortest distance from the school.

  • Other qualifying children in the same order

The Kent Test 11 plus exam format and content

The Kent Test is used by most academically selective schools in the county and it includes questions on English, maths and reasoning.

Boys applying to Maidstone 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 where pupils have missed the pass mark.

How to prepare your child for the Kent 11 plus

If your son will be sitting the Kent 11 plus we recommend that you begin your preparations at least a year in advance. English, maths and reasoning will all need a close level of attention, and while time should also be spent on writing, it’s important to bear in mind that the writing exam will only be used in borderline cases.

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

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