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The Judd School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Founded in 1888, The Judd School is a boys’ grammar school for Years 7 to 11 with a mixed sixth form. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings, holding students to high academic standards as well as developing resilience and character.

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

11 plus exam information for The Judd School

  • Address: The Judd School, Brook St, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2PN

  • Area: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01732 770880

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,385

  • Number of places in Year 7: 180 (approximate)

  • 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)

The Judd School term dates

The Judd School term dates for 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 7th September to 16th December

  • Half term 24th-28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January to 31st March

  • Half term 13th-17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April to 21st July

  • Half term 29th May-2nd June

The Judd School 11 plus admissions process

  • Registration: June to July

  • 11 plus 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, with students ordered by their rank in the exam:

Five places for students registered for Free School Meals, who would not otherwise qualify for a place through the allocation process. Any of these five places unallocated will be available to students eligible for the Pupil Premium. All five places are ranked by exam score in the Kent Test.

157 places are then left for those within the inner area of catchment, and 23 to the outer area (see below for catchment area).

What is The Judd School catchment area?

  • The inner area involves these postcodes: TN1, TN2, TN3, TN4, TN8, TN9, TN10, TN11, TN12, TN13, TN14, TN15, ME18, ME19, TN16 1 and TN16 2 (not TN16 3 or TN16 9), DA4 0 (not DA4 9), plus the civil parish of Halstead where this is not included above

  • The outer area includes all postcodes outside these postcodes, as long as it is within the mainland UK

What is The Judd School 11 plus exam format?

Applicants to The Judd School take three exams as part of the Kent Test:

  • English and Maths: One hour. 5-minute practise exercise followed by a 25-minute multiple-choice test for each subject.

  • Reasoning: One hour including practice sections and multiple-choice questions which cover verbal and non-verbal reasoning.

  • Writing: 40 minutes including 10 minutes planning time.

The writing exercise is not marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel in borderline cases where pupils have missed the pass mark.

Take a look at the familiarisation materials 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 child will be considered for a place at The Judd School.

How do I prepare my child for The Judd School 11 plus exam?

If your child will be sitting the Kent 11 plus we would recommend that you begin your preparations at least a year in advance. English, maths and reasoning will all need a high level of attention, and while time should also be spent on writing, it’s important to bear in mind that that particular exam will only be used in borderline cases.

A great way to prepare for The Judd 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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