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Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2023

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:43 PM

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School: a parents' guide for 2023

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Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School is a large selective boys' academy for ages 11-18, with a mixed sixth form, in Rochester, Kent. The school, founded in 1701, became known as a mathematical school. It specialised in teaching maths and navigation to the sons of Freemen of the City of Rochester, the Chatham Naval Dockyard being nearby.

While the school has gone a long time without an inspection, this is due to its continued exceptional outcomes across all year groups, with the school’s last Ofsted rating in 2008 being ‘Outstanding’.

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School was one of the first 100 schools in the country to be designated a National Teaching School and is the lead school in the Thames Gateway Teaching School Hub. It is also the lead school in the Kent and Medway Maths Hub. Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School has a reputation for producing consistently excellent GCSE and A level results which are well above the national average.

11 plus information for Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School

  • Address: Maidstone Road, Rochester ME1 3EL

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions contact: [email protected], 01634 844008

  • School type: academy

  • Number of pupils: 1,450

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180

  • Open day date: June and October

  • 11 plus exam dates: mid-September

  • Exam board type: Medway Test

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates for Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September – 15th December 2023

  • Half term: 23rd October – 3rd November 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

Admissions process for Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School uses the Medway admission criteria to determine which pupils are eligible for a place. If places are oversubscribed, priority will be given to students who have an elder sibling at the school, children of staff at the school, and proximity to the school. Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School has a catchment area based on location and distance from the school.

Open days for Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School are in June and October, which allows both parents and potential pupils to learn more about the admissions process and see the school and facilities.

How to apply for Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School

To apply to Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School for Boys, parents need to complete the common application form (CAF), which you can get from the Medway Local Authority. Parents looking to apply from schools outside the Medway Local Authority should apply by using the form provided by the Local Authority where they live.

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School uses the Medway 11 plus to assess potential students. Your child can take the Medway Test whether they live in Medway or not. The test can be sat at their school if they go to a Medway school, or alternatively in a Medway Test centre.

When is the Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School 11 plus exam taken?

Registration for the Medway Test opens and closes in June. The test takes place on various dates in September, depending on whether you live in Medway or not, with results issued in October. Deadlines for academic reviews close on 10th October. Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School sends out offers for potential students the following March.

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The Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School 11 plus exam format

The Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School 11 plus consists of a verbal reasoning test, a maths test and an extended writing test. The verbal reasoning and maths tests last 50 minutes, each being multiple-choice. The English test is usually a 50-minute essay with 10 minutes of planning time.

You can learn more about the format and content of the Medway Test here.

How to prepare for Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School 11 plus

It's best to start preparing as early as possible for the Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School 11 plus to give your son the maximum amount of time to master all the material before the exam. A good way to prepare is to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the GL Assessment exams. Carrying out mock tests helps students practice answering questions under pressure and improve their exam technique and time management.

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