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Tonbridge Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Founded in 1905, Tonbridge Grammar School is a girls’ grammar school for Years 7 to 11, with a mixed sixth form for Years 12 to 13. The school aims to develop its students culturally as well as academically, allowing them to take part in initiatives that enable intercultural understanding, such as study tours in Malawi and Iceland.

11 plus exam information for Tonbridge Grammar School

  • Address: Tonbridge Grammar School, Deakin Leas, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2JR

  • Area: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01732 365125

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,184

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

  • Open day date: 23rd June from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Booking will be available nearer the time; prospective parents are invited to register their interest in advance.

  • 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)

Tonbridge Grammar School term dates

The Tonbridge Grammar School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term 21st - 31st October

  • Spring term: 2nd January - 31st March

  • Half term 10th - 20th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 21st July

  • Half term 26th May - 5th June

Tonbridge Grammar 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:

  • 135 places are offered to those living in any of the following three local council areas for Council Tax purposes - Tonbridge & Malling Borough, Tunbridge Wells Borough and Sevenoaks District, with priority based on exam score and proximity to the school

  • 35 places are offered to those outside the areas mentioned above, with priority based on exam score and proximity to the school

  • 10 places are offered to those eligible for Pupil Premium who live within the area mentioned above, with priority based on exam score

What is the Tonbridge Grammar School 11 plus exam format?

Applicants to Tonbridge Grammar 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 Tonbridge Grammar School.

How do I prepare my child for Tonbridge Grammar 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 Tonbridge 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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