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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

Missed Registration for the Kent and Medway Test; and Illness at the Time of the Test

Non Registration for Kent or Medway Test

Sadly, each year a number of families fail to register their child for the Kent test in time, for a variety of reasons, often very understandable. 

Unfortunately, neither Kent nor Medway Authorities will consider late applications for registration.  In such a case, it can only be arranged for your child to be tested after March 2015. The one exception is, if you have moved into the Local Authority area after the deadlines, in which case you should contact the Local Authority for advice. 

Further details below. Feel free to use my Telephone Consultation Service to talk through the consequences explained below. 

Illness at time of Kent or Medway Test

If your child is unwell at the time of the 11 Plus, resist the temptation to send them into school ill. I recommend a doctor's certificate on the day to show they have a medical condition, and you must inform the school in advance. Arrangements will then be made for the child to take the tests late. See below for further details. 

Non-registration for Kent and Medway Tests

There are two alternative routes forward, both of which come to the same outcome. You can either put your child's named down on the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) for a grammar school; they will not be offered a place and you can then appeal, when arrangements will be made for the child to take the test, probably in May. 

Alternatively, you can make a late application for a grammar school directly to the school on 22nd April, which is technically called an In Year Application. In Kent you apply directly to as many schools as you wish. Arrangements will then be made for your child to be tested. Some parents will also use this process to apply to further grammar schools, other than those on the original SCAF.  

In Kent, which ever of the above routes you have chosen, arrangements for testing are down to the individual school. Whilst the tests will be of similar format to those taken in September, the child's older age will be taken into account so that the pass level is of the same standard. 

If successful, and the school of your choice still has vacancies (likely to be around half a dozen grammar schools , mainly in East Kent) you will be offered a place. However, in most cases, the schools will be technically full and you will need to go to appeal. This is likely to be after the main appeals, so there will be pressure on places, but you still have chances of success, depending on the school. If unsuccessful, you still have the right to appeal.  Again, I can advise on this. 

Medway Council is more difficult to deal with and I find that procedures differ according to the grammar school concerned and the source at the Council providing advice. You should contact the Council and the school, but don't necessarily be put off by discouraging information. 

Illness on day of Kent or Medway Test

Each year I am approached by parents whose children have underperformed because of illness and the only remedy is to hope that an appeal panel will take this into consideration when considering an appeal in May or June. Some schools will tell parents their children are obliged to take the test in any case. In such circumstances contact Kent County Council Admissions Department immediately for advice. 

 

 

 

 

Last modified on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:18

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