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Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Founded in 1905 in Kent, Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School is a selective girls’ school for Years 7 to 13. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings; the school embraces traditional values to provide its students with a rich and balanced education.

Other schools in the Kent consortium include Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Weald of Kent Grammar School, Wilmington Grammar School for Boys and Wilmington Grammar School for Girls.

11 plus exam information for Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School

  • Address: Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School, Southfield Rd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9UJ

  • Area: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01892 520902

  • School type: girls’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,023

  • Number of places in Year 7: 145

  • Open day date: currently only available virtually (watch the virtual tour on the school website)

  • 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)

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School term dates

The Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School term dates for 2022/2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September - 16th December

  • Half term: 22nd - 31st October

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 10th - 19th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 20th July

  • Half term: 27th May - 4th June

Tunbridge Wells Girls’ 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 30 days of the refusal of a place, and the date of the appeal will be sent out 10 days prior to the hearing

To be considered, children need a total score of 332 or more, with no single score lower than 109. Admissions are then determined by the child’s rank in the exam, as well as 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 for those who live within the catchment area (please see below for more information):

  • Children who receive the Pupil Premium

  • Children who have a sister already attending the school

  • Children who have Health and Special Access reasons, signed by a medical practitioner, to attend the school

  • Any remaining children who live within the catchment area, by order of their rank in the exam score

What is the Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School catchment area?

The catchment area involves children whose permanent address is in a four-mile radius from the school, or those who live in any of these parishes:

Badger’s Mount, Bidborough, Brasted, Brenchley, Capel, Chevening, Chiddingstone, Cowden, Dunton Green, East Peckham, Edenbridge, Hadlow, Halsted, 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, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Westerham.

What is the Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School 11 plus exam format?

Applicants to Tunbridge Wells Girls’ 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 Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School.

How do I prepare my daughter for the Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School 11 plus exam?

If your daughter 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 Tunbridge Wells Girls’ 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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