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Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School 11+ guide

By Atom | Jun 20, 2023, 4:26 PM

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Medway (Kent)

Thinking about applying to Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School for entry in 2025? Find out everything you need to know about admissions and how to prepare your child for success in the 11 plus.

Key information about Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

  • Address: Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent ME1 3EL

  • Number of pupils: 1,450+

  • Admissions contact: [email protected]

  • Number of places in Year 7: 203

  • 11+ exam: Medway Test

  • Catchment area: no

Dates for your diary

  • 11+ registration opens: Monday 20th May 2024

  • 11+ registration closes: Friday 14th June 2024

  • 11+ exam date: 17th–22nd September 2024

  • 11+ results released: Tuesday 8th October 2024

  • Secondary school application deadline: 31st October 2024

  • School allocations: 3rd March 2025

About Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School is a boys' grammar school with a mixed sixth form in Rochester, Kent. It was founded in 1701 and specialised in teaching maths and navigation to the sons of Freemen of the City of Rochester. The school is known locally as 'the Math'.

The school was one of the first 100 in the country to be named a National Teaching School. The Math takes a progressive approach to teaching and learning. Students have a range of enrichment opportunities, including academic challenges and Erasmus projects.

How to apply to Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School is a selective school. This means that your child will need to take the local 11 plus exam, known as the Medway Test, to be eligible for a place.

The deadline to register for the 11 plus exam at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School is Monday 20th May 2024. If your child goes to a Medway primary school, they will take the test at their current school on Tuesday 17th or Wednesday 18th September. If your child does not go to a Medway primary school, they’ll be invited to take the exam at a test centre in the area on Saturday 21st or Sunday 22nd September.

You’ll receive your child’s results on Tuesday 8th October 2024. You can then use these results to decide whether to apply for a place at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School.

To apply, you’ll need to name the school as one of your preferred schools on the secondary school common application form. This will be available on your home council website from early September and must be submitted by 31st October.

Remember – passing the 11 plus doesn’t guarantee that your child will be allocated a place at your preferred school. Many grammar schools are often oversubscribed with qualified children. Schools and their admissions authorities work through admissions criteria to prioritise children for places. We’ve included the admissions criteria for Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School below.

What subjects are on the entrance exam?

Children applying to Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School take an exam known as the Medway Test. The exam papers are supplied by GL Assessment.

The Medway Test consists of three papers:

  • English

  • Maths

  • Reasoning

Guide to the Medway Test

Find out everything you need to know in our complete guide to the Medway Test. Plus, get access to free 11 plus resources to help your child feel confident for their exam!

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Verbal reasoning paper

How does place allocation work at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School?

The Medway Test is designed to identify the children working within the top 25% of their year group. This means that a pass mark can't be determined until after the tests have been marked and the scores ranked in order. However, in the last four years, the pass mark has been between 480 and 490.

If the number of children who have met the qualifying standard for entry to the school exceeds the number of places available, the school applies oversubscription criteria. Children are prioritised for places in the following order:

  1. Children in public care or previously in public care ('looked after' or 'previously looked after' children)

  2. Children who have a sibling attending Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

  3. Children who have a specific health reason, supported by medical evidence, for attending the school

  4. Children who have a parent employed by Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

  5. Nearness of children's homes to the school, calculated by the shortest safe walking route

There is no catchment area at Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School. However, a child's distance from the school plays a role in how likely it is they will be offered a place. Distance (criterion 5) is the most frequently applied out of the priority order above.

In the last 10 years, the furthest distance a child has been offered a place has been 5.84 miles away from the school. The average furthest distance in the last 10 years has been 4.38 miles.

Atom’s top tips for 11 plus preparation

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Bitesize learning

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Refine exam technique

When your child feels confident with the topics they’ve learnt in Year 5, they’ll be ready to put their knowledge to the test.

Practice tests can help your child develop problem-solving skills and build confidence working under test conditions. They’re also a great way to consolidate learning and highlight knowledge gaps for further improvement.

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Celebrate progress

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