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Sir Roger Manwood's School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Sir Roger Manwood’s School is a co-educational state grammar school located in the town of Sandwich, Kent. Founded by the eponymous Sir Roger Manwood in 1563, the school has a rich history and occupies a picturesque 30-acre site, where pupils enjoy both recreation and sports.

The school is academically selective at 11 plus and places learning and scholarship at the centre of its mission. Pupils receive good grades at both GCSE and A Level, and the school has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Although Sir Roger Manwood’s School previously offered boarding, as of 2020 the school no longer offers boarding places.

11 plus information for Sir Roger Manwood’s School

  • Address: Sir Roger Manwood’s School, Manwood Road, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9JX

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01304 610203

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,027

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150 (potentially increasing in 2022)

  • Open day date: not yet available

  • 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)

Sir Roger Manwood’s 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 Sir Roger Manwood’s School

Sir Roger Manwood’s 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, and you can find more details on the registration process at kent.gov.uk. To apply to Sir Roger Manwood’s School, you will need to put the school’s name on the Kent Test application form.

Sir Roger Manwood’s School 11 plus admissions process

Sir Roger Manwood’s School’s admissions are selective. Applicants will need to pass the Kent 11 plus exam, known as the Kent Test, to secure a place at the school. The Kent Test is normally held in September, a year before your child would enter Year 7.

Sir Roger Manwood’s School catchment area encompasses a range of approximately 8.5 miles from the school site.

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

Applicants to Sir Roger Manwood’s 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 Sir Roger Manwood’s School's 11 plus exam

As Sir Roger Manwood’s 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 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 the reasoning paper available from kent.gov.uk) are a great resource for practising time management as the exam day gets closer.

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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.


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