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

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Mayfield Grammar School is an all-girls grammar school in Gravesend, Kent (co-educational in the sixth form). Founded in 1914, the school boasts a rich history and still occupies its original site, including many historic and idyllic features such as its bell tower and walled playing fields. The school’s motto is: ‘Per aspera ad astra' meaning ‘Through adversity to the stars’. Mayfield Grammar School achieved specialist college status in the sciences (2004) and languages (2009).

Mayfield Grammar School is academically selective at 11 plus. It places well above the national average, with 85% of students achieving level 5 or above across the board at GCSE. Mayfield Grammar School achieved ‘outstanding’ in all areas of its last Ofsted report, which notes excellent results, committed and uncompromising teaching and exemplary behaviour in its students.

11 plus information for Mayfield Grammar School

  • Address: Mayfield Grammar School, Pelham Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0JE

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01474352896

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,200

  • Number of places in Year 7: 210

  • Open day date: not yet available for 2023. Likely to be held in October

  • 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)

Mayfield Grammar School term dates

The school term dates for 2022-2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 20th December

  • Half term: 21st October - 1st November

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 18th July

  • Half term: 29th May - 2nd June

How and when to apply to Mayfield Grammar School

Mayfield Grammar School complies with Kent’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. To apply to the school, your child will need to register for the Kent Test and complete the Kent Secondary Common Application Form in the year before they start school.

Registration for the Kent Test is usually open from 1st June to 1st July - more details on the registration process are available at To apply to Mayfield Grammar School, you will need to put the school’s name on the Kent Test application form.

Mayfield Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Mayfield Grammar School’s admissions are selective. Applicants will need to score within the top 25% in the Kent 11 plus exam, known as the Kent Test, to secure a place at the school. The Kent Test is held in September, a year before your child would enter Year 7.

Mayfield Grammar School’s catchment area encompasses a range within approximately a 5-mile radius from the school site.

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

Applicants to Mayfield Grammar School take the Kent Test. This includes three papers:

  • Section 1: English and maths - a five-minute practise exercise followed by a 25-minute test for each subject (one hour total)

  • Section 2: Reasoning - consisting of verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning (one hour total)

  • Section 3: Writing - a 40-minute exercise plus ten minutes’ planning time

Sections 1 and 2 consist of multiple-choice questions. Section 3 is a creative writing exercise, but it isn’t marked as part of the Kent Test and is only used by headteachers in ‘borderline’ cases.

For more information on what to expect from the exam, take a look at our guide to the Kent Test.

How to prepare for the Mayfield Grammar School 11 plus exam

As Mayfield Grammar School is academically selective, we recommend that your child starts revising comfortably in advance of the 11 plus test to ensure the best chance of scoring well, feeling confident and securing a place at the school. Encourage your child to try a range of exercises, celebrate their progress and work together to identify and improve weaker areas.

Mock tests, such as those provided on the Atom platform, or additionally the reasoning paper available from, are a great resource for practising time management as the exam day gets closer.

You may also wish to consider booking a one-to-one tutoring session through the Atom platform to help your child excel and to receive targeted help in challenging areas.

We can help

At Atom Learning, we have over 90,000 teacher-written practice questions and unlimited mock tests that mirror the format and structure of the Kent Test. We also offer live exam prep courses and lessons to help build their skills in a friendly, encouraging, and interactive way. You can start your 5-day free trial of Nucleus today to ensure your child is fully confident and prepared for the 11 plus.

We know how crucial this time is, so our team is on hand to support you and your family every step of the way. You can book a call with one of our Education Experts to ask any questions you may have about the Kent Test or preparing for Mayfield Grammar School:

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