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The Norton Knatchbull School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:48 PM

Founded in 1637, The Norton Knatchbull School is a boys’ grammar school for Years 7 to 11, with a mixed sixth form for Years 12 to 13. The school aims to teach its students to become considerate, confident and well-rounded individuals, encouraging extracurricular activities alongside their academics.

11 plus exam information for The Norton Knatchbull School

  • Address: The Norton Knatchbull School, Hythe Rd, Ashford, Kent TN24 0QJ

  • Area: Ashford, Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01233 620045

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,238

  • Number of places in Year 7: 210

  • Open day date: Currently no open days available, but pre-recorded information videos are available on their admissions site

  • 11+ 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 Norton Knatchbull School term dates

The Norton Knatchbull School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term 22nd - 6th November

  • Spring term: 3rd January - 31st March

  • Half term 11th - 19th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 21st July

  • Half term 27th May - 4th June

The Norton Knatchbull 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:

  • The child has a sibling already attending the school

  • Children with any Health and Special Access Reasons which can be demonstrated with evidence

  • Distance of permanent address from the school

What is the Norton Knatchbull School 11 plus exam format?

Applicants to The Norton Knatchbull School take three exams as part of the [Kent Test](- Exam board type: Kent Test (GL)):

  • 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 Norton Knatchbull School.

How do I prepare my child for the Norton Knatchbull 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 Norton Knatchbull 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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