Founded in 1982, Weald of Kent Grammar School is a girls’ grammar school for Years 7 to 11, with a mixed sixth form for Years 12 to 13. It has consistently been awarded ‘outstanding’ Ofsted ratings, holding students to high academic standards as well as developing resilience and character.
Other schools in the Kent consortium include Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Wilmington Grammar School for Boys and Wilmington Grammar School for Girls.
Address: Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tudeley Ln, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2JP
Admissions info: [email protected], 01732 373500
School type: girls’ grammar
Number of pupils: 1,817
Number of places in Year 7: 210
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)
The Weald of Kent Grammar School term dates for 2022/2023 are:
Autumn term: 5th September - 16th December
Half term: 21st - 31st October
Spring term: 9th January - 31st March
Half term: 10th - 20th February
Summer term: 17th April - 21st July
Half term: 26th May - 5th June
Registration: June to July
11+ 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, girls 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 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 for those within the catchment area:
Girls who have a sibling already attending the school
Girls who have Health and Special Access reasons, signed by a medical practitioner, to attend the school
Girls who receive the Pupil Premium
Daughters of permanent members of staff from the school
Any remaining girls by order of their rank in the exam score and by the proximity of their permanent address to the school.
Applicants are allocated places at the school by catchment area in conjunction with the admissions criteria mentioned above. The catchment area is:
The District of Sevenoaks
The Parishes of Ightham, Ivy Hatch, Kings Hill, Pembury, Platt and St Mary’s Platt, Plaxtol and Shipbourne.
Following these as a priority, other postcodes are considered.
Applicants to the Weald of Kent 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 the Weald of Kent Grammar School.
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 Weald of Kent 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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