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Wednesday, 16 October 2013 07:30

Kent Eleven Plus results

Kent Eleven Plus decisions are now available for parents online, a hard copy being sent by post tomorrow.The decision is just one of pass/fail, with marks available from the child's primary school. The pass marks for the Kent 11 plus Test have been varied slightly from last year. Children must either have achieved a total score of 360, with a minimum of 118 in each paper, or alternatively found to have been selective on the Headteacher Assessment (HTA) The pass is set to select 21% of children attending Kent primary schools (in those parts of Kent that were once the traditional selective areas), the same requirements then being applied for all other children in Kent and out of county as well. The aggregate score of 360 is the same as for 2013 entry, although the minimum in each paper has been relaxed slightly this year from the previous 119, to produce the 21% target. As last year, the maximum score is 423. Approximately another 4% are found selective through the HTA process. If your child is found successful at the HTA they are classified as selective and will be treated equally with any other child at grammar schools that ask for a pass as the academic standard (i.e. except for the super-selectives). If parents wish to know the scores on individual papers, they will need to contact their primary school. The number of children passing the Kent test has risen slightly this year to 5370, although the number of Kent passes has fallen slightly; further details below. 

In practice,.......

the only children whose futures will be affected by the actual scores are those considering applying for the so called super-selective grammar schools, and those considering appealing against a non-selective decision. There is no mechanism to appeal against a decision which finds your child non-selective, but you are still able to apply for one or more grammar schools, and then appeal against their decision not to offer your child a place at their school in March. Remember that a grammar school assessment does not entitle you to a grammar school place but, after appeals and reallocation of vacant spaces for 2013 admission, I believe there were no Kent children who had passed the eleven plus who were denied a grammar school place after appeals and reallocation.

Kent Test Results 2014
 
2014
entry
2013
entry
 
Kent
out of
county
Kent
out of
county

Sat Kent Test

12,064 11,451
Passed Kent Test 3,998 1,496 4,072 1,298

KCC's press release notes that there are currently 4,570 grammar school places in Kent. In 2013 just 335 of the out of county passes took up places in Kent grammar schools so overall capacity is fine. There may well be some temporary local shortages but, as last year, these should be resolved through grammar school expansions and appeals where panels tend to look sympathetically on children without a grammar school place (unless they have deliberately avoided a local grammar). It is unfortunate that Radio Kent is headlining a non-existent shortage of 1000 grammar school places, and I have written to advise this is wrong. 

I will publish  more detailed figures for the Kent Test similar to the Medway ones below, as soon as my Freedom of Information request to KCC is met.  

I am able to offer advice on all aspects of the admission process and naming schools on your SCAF which needs to be completed by the end of October, through my Telephone Consultation Service. Each Kent grammar and non-selective school has its own distinct profile with regard to patterns of admission and appeal, and I have a large store of local knowledge and experience to guide you through these processes if you are unsure what steps to take. I am afraid that, mainly due to pressures on time, I have to draw a line and can only advise parents living in Kent and Medway (not Bexley or the other old Kent London boroughs). Further my expertise and knowledge apply only to schools in Kent and Medway. Sorry.

In  all grammar school cases I would need the scores before being able to provide a response. Each year I advise a large number of Kent and Medway parents in October on both grammar and non-selective school applications and appeals before the closing date, this year on October 31st (National Closing Date), except that KCC extends the closing date to 5th November to allow for half term and the short time span after eleven plus results are received.  My advice service covers, for example: which schools to place on the admission form and in which order; non-selective schools, the likelihood of being offered a place at a particular school; chances of a successful appeal if not offered a place in March; of grammar schools and grammar school appeals.I have a sound knowledge of the local situation relating to each  school, and if possible will give a brief response to each situation, although  more detailed issues should be left to a Telephone Consultation. I find that nearly all issues can be resolved in a half hour consultation, costing £45. If parents subsequently choose to use my services for an appeal this sum will be fully refunded so there is no overall cost. If parents book a consultation and I can see an appeal would be worthwhile, I can guarantee to support you in your appeal, assuming I am fit and able to do so even if my service is fully booked in March (as happened this year).

Last modified on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 21:52

6 comments

  • Comment Link Saturday, 26 October 2013 05:52 posted by Eunice

    How can I contact you, there's no telephone list or contact details. PETER: try the Contact Me page, the drop down under 'What I offer'. If it is a general point, and not a request for information or support,you will find my email address peter@kentadvice.co.uk scattered around the website, including the front page.

  • Comment Link Monday, 21 October 2013 13:06 posted by Emily

    Will you get any information on the distribution of marks this year- it seems that the maths scores are lower than expected in many cases? PETER: I have an FOI in on this, but won't have an answer for another four weeks. However, it is common for children who fail, to do so on the maths, so this is not unusual.

  • Comment Link Sunday, 20 October 2013 13:29 posted by Al

    I would like to contact you in regards to my son - his total score was 392 - I am out of county -is there any Grammar school we can apply to. We would move to the Area-would like to use your consultation line -however you mention its only for in county -are there any exceptions? PETER: I am afraid not - my general response to out of county enquirers is as follow: I am unable to offer support to families living outside the Local Authority areas of Kent and Medway or applying for schools outside Kent and Medway. This also excludes the London Boroughs, notably Bexley and Bromley, which separated from Kent in 1965.
    I receive a number of enquiries from parents who want to know if I can recommend others in their areas who offer a similar service. I believe my service is unique in the country, its local nature ensuring I am able to talk with expertise on local issues, and am fully committed in this, so have to draw a line which is distressing to some.
    As far as I know there is no one who offers a similar local service on admissions anywhere in the country, although there are several companies that you will find on the internet, who offer a service for school appeals across the country, even if they lack my local perspective.
    This general response is lengthy as, at peak times I receive up to 20 enquiries from outside Kent and Medway every day, from as far away as Cornwall and Cumbria (both on the day of preparing this generic response), and am trying to respond to the key questions and issues made without offence.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 17 October 2013 23:02 posted by olu

    Hi Peter, your "contact me form"link regarding the telephone consultancy services is broken. Do you still offer this service? My son took the 11+ kent test and I would like to find out if I can use your consultancy service please. Thanks PETER: I have checked and it appears to work. If there is a problem, email me directly.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 17 October 2013 09:07 posted by Maxine Hughes

    Hi my daughter sat this years test and we requested her result online and were waiting patiently all day yesterday's or her result very disappointed to say it never arrived!! Causing further anguish to her . Please can you investigate this and finally put us out of our misery . PETER: Sorry, I am not an agent of KCC. You should contact them.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:03 posted by Bukunola

    How can I check my child results on-line PETER follow the instructions of the Local Authority in the same place

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