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The Folkestone School for Girls 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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The Folkestone School for Girls is a single-sex grammar school with academy status located in the town of Folkestone, Kent. The Folkestone School for Girls prides itself not only on its academic achievement but on its holistic education. The headmaster, Mark Lester, says: "We aim for and achieve outstanding academic results but are equally concerned to foster creativity, to encourage courtesy and sensitivity towards others and to develop self-discipline, self-motivation and self-confidence.” The school’s most recent Ofsted report found it to be ‘outstanding’.

The Folkestone School for Girls is academically selective at 11 plus and is the only selective state school for girls within the district of Folkestone and Hythe. The school accepts 180 girls into Year 7 each year.

11 plus information for The Folkestone School for Girls

  • Address: The Folkestone School for Girls, Coolinge Lane, Folkestone, CT20 3RB

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01303 251125

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180 (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)

The Folkestone School for Girls term dates

The school term dates for 2022-2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September - 16th December

  • Half term: 21st October - 31st October

  • Spring term: 3rd January - 31st March

  • Half term: 10th - 20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 21st July

  • Half term: 26th May - 5th June

How and when to apply to The Folkestone School for Girls

The Folkestone School for Girls 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 are available at kent.gov.uk). To apply to The Folkestone School for Girls, you will need to put the school’s name on the Kent Test application form.

Additionally, and somewhat uniquely, The Folkestone School for Girls runs another test called ‘The Shepway Test’ (which is also taken at The Harvey Grammar School). The test gives students a second opportunity to show their strengths and stake their claim for a place at the school. It is a computer-based test lasting 45 minutes and is held onsite at The Folkestone School for Girls. The Shepway test tales place in September, alongside the Kent Test.

The Folkestone School for Girls 11 plus admissions process

The Folkestone School for Girls’ 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.

The Folkestone School for Girls' catchment area encompasses a range of approximately 8.5 miles from the school site within the District of Folkestone and Hythe District (formerly known as Shepway).

In the event of oversubscription to the school at 11 plus, the following criteria are used:

  • Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care

  • Girls who reside in the District of Folkestone and Hythe

  • Other girls who satisfy the selection requirements, with those living nearest to the school being given the higher priority

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

Applicants to The Folkestone School for Girls 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 Folkestone School for Girls 11 plus exam

As The Folkestone School for Girls 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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