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

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Founded in 1956 and transformed into a grammar school in 1982, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys is a boys’ selective school for Years 7 to 13. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings and aims to grow its students into adaptive critical thinkers, ready for their contribution to society.

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

11 plus exam information for Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

  • Address: Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John's Rd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9XB

  • Area: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01892 529551

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,194

  • Number of places in Year 7: 210 at Tunbridge Wells site and 90 at Seven Oaks site

  • Open day date: currently only available virtually (more information 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)

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys’ term dates

The term dates for Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for 2022-23 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December

  • Half term: 24th - 28th October

  • Spring term: 4th January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May - 2nd June

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys’ 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, boys 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 entrance exam, as well as by whether the child is or has been in care. All boys whose Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan names the school will be admitted.

After this, the admissions policy is as follows:

  • Boys who receive the Pupil Premium

  • Boys who have a sibling already attending the school

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

  • Any remaining boys by order of their rank in the exam score and by the proximity of their permanent address to the school

What is the Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 11 plus exam format?

Applicants to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 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 Grammar School for Boys.

How do I prepare my son for the Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 11 plus exam?

If your son 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 Grammar School for Boys 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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