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The Skinners' School 11 plus: parents' guide for 2022

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Jan 31, 2023, 1:48 PM

Founded in 1887, The Skinners’ 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 the value of learning and scholarship, not just to gain qualifications, but to help students grow intellectually, culturally and physically.

11 plus exam information for The Skinners’ School

  • Address: The Skinners’ School, St John's Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9PG

  • Area: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01892 520 732

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,114

  • Number of places in Year 7: 160

  • Open day date: Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July (booking will open on Monday 27th June); Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October (booking will open nearer the time); Thursday 29th September (no booking required). Book a place and find out more on the school website.

  • 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 Skinners’ School term dates

The Skinners’ School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September - 16th December

  • Half term 20th - 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January - 31st March

  • Half term 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 18th July

  • Half term 29th May - 2nd June

The Skinners’ 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 (with a score above 360 being considered for a place) 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:

  • 140 places are offered to those living in the West Kent Area (see below for catchment area), with priority ranked by their score in the Kent Test, distance and whether they have family members employed/studying at the school. Eight of these places are reserved for children within the West Kent Area who are eligible for the Pupil Premium.

  • 20 places are offered to those living outside the West Kent Area, using the same criteria as above. Two of these places are reserved for children who are eligible for the Pupil Premium

What is the Skinners’ School catchment area?

The West Kent Area catchment area is classed as those living within three miles from the school, as well as these areas:

Badgers Mount, Bidborough, Brasted, Brenchley, Capel, Chevening, Chiddingstone, Cowden, Dunton Green, Edenbridge, Goudhurst, Hadlow, Halstead, Hever, Hildenborough, Horsmonden, Ightham, Kemsing, Knockholt, Lamberhurst, Leigh, Otford, Paddock Wood, Pembury, Penshurst, Plaxtol, Riverhead, Rusthall, Seal, Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks Weald, Shipbourne, Shoreham, Southborough, Speldhurst, Sundridge with Ide Hill, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Westerham.

What is The Skinners’ School 11 plus exam format?

Applicants to The Skinners’ 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 Skinners’ School.

How do I prepare my child for The Skinners’ 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 Skinners’ 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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