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The Harvey Grammar School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:49 PM

Founded in 1674, The Harvey Grammar School is a boys’ grammar school for Years 7 to 13. With mottos aiming to teach the boys to “work hard, play hard” and to be supportive of fellow pupils, this school has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

Other schools in the Kent consortium include The Judd School, The Norton Knatchbull School, The Skinners’ School and Tonbridge Grammar School.

11 plus exam information for the Harvey Grammar School:

  • Address: The Harvey Grammar School, Cheriton Rd, Folkestone, Kent CT19 5JY

  • Area: Folkestone, Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01303 252131

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 903

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day date: currently no open days available

  • 11 plus exam dates: 8th September 2022 (for children in Kent primary schools) and 10th September 2022 (other children outside of Kent)

  • Exam board type: Kent Test (GL) or Shepway test

The Harvey Grammar School term dates:

The proposed Harvey Grammar School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September to 16th December

  • Half term 20th-31st October

  • Spring term: 3rd January to 31st March

  • Half term 10th-20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April to 18th July

  • Half term 26th May-5th June

The Harvey Grammar School 11 plus admissions process:

  • Registration: June to July

  • 11+ exam dates: September

  • Result notification: October

  • Place allocation notification: March

  • Appeal hearings: must be applied for within the date mentioned on the refusal letter

Admissions are determined by the child’s rank in the exams, as well as by whether the child is or has been in care. All children whose Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan names the school will be admitted. After this, the admissions policy is as follows:

  • Boys whose permanent address is within Folkestone and Hythe

  • All other boys whose exam score meets the requirement, in order of proximity to the school

What is The Harvey Grammar School 11 plus exam format?

The Kent Consortium 11 plus entrance examination is provided by the PESE Kent Test. It consists of a maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning paper, lasting around 60 minutes each. Extra time can be requested during the registration period if evidence is supplied by the required deadline.

Alternatively, you can apply just for the Harvey Grammar School by registering for the Shepway test, a similar exam run just by this school.

Take a look at the familiarisation material links on the Kent Test website for examples of the question and answer formats. The results of these tests, which are standardised according to the age of the child, will determine whether your son will be considered for a place at The Harvey Grammar School.

How do I prepare my son for The Harvey Grammar School 11 plus exam?

A great way to prepare for The Harvey Grammar School 11 plus exam is to practice as many questions as possible in the format of the Kent Test. These questions can be found in the example papers linked on the school website (as mentioned above).

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