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Displaying items by tag: Super Selective - Kent Independent Education Advice

The Judd School has been knocked off its perch as the grammar school requiring highest scores in Kent by Dartford Grammar School which, after offering places to all local boys who have passed (living in a group of local electoral wards) requires an aggregate score of 418 in the Kent Test (not sure if that covers all 418s as they are bashful about the information). Last year 40% of their intake fell into this category. The additional places created in West Kent grammar schools have resulted in a general lowering of  cut off scores in the area, the Judd School being highest with 417 (not all with this score being offered places). Their website records: 119 places went to students with a maximum score (423); 79% were from within Kent Local Authority; 68% coming from Maintained Schools. The Skinners School has seen a fall in its initial requirements to 411, with 88% of its intake coming from Kent, which I think is the highest proportion for some years. It notes that the average score of its successful candidates was 418. Tonbridge Grammar School has also seen a fall, but just in its 'Inner' girls, requiring 408, except for one who came in with 407. The 40 places offered to girls living outside the local area required an aggregate score of 415. Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School offers 14 Governors' places that went to girls scoring 411 or above. Most girls offered places at TWGGS qualified on distance grounds in what is likely to be the tightest catchment in Kent,.....

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There is growing evidence that the principle of a single 11+ assessment in both Kent and Medway is under attack as grammar schools come under differing pressures and Academy freedoms allow Governing Bodies to  consider alternatives, as some become increasingly oversubscribed and others suffer from falling rolls in their areas. The issues surrounding the "super-selectives" are well documented. At the other end of the scale, the Dover Grammar schools have for some years run the Dover Tests offering an alternative means of access to their schools, which sees them fill, whereas under the Kent Test they would both be half empty (this doesn't stop Dover Girls Grammar from being one of the highest academic  achieving schools in the county). 

Now Chatham Grammar School for Boys & Chatham Grammar School for Girls have finished a consultation that proposes to offer places to children from 2013 onwards, who have passed either the Kent or the Medway Tests, and in addition for late applicants to be considered on the basis of alternative evidence of grammar school ability. This is in the face of falling numbers entering secondary schools in Medway for some years and for another four or five years to come.  

At the other end of the scale, the 'super-selective' grammar schools in West Kent and Dartford have spawned an intense coaching culture for children that sees their pass marks creep higher and higher. This year in the Kent Test, a record number of 589 children scored the maximum score of 420 (pass mark 360), around half coming from Kent primary schools, a proportion that is constant through all the top scores. I believe the required score for most of these schools will rise even higher this year, and anticipate .......

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Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys is carrying out a consultation (closing date 15th June) into whether it should join the 'super-selective' club of Kent grammar schools. The proposition is that boys who score over 385 in the Kent Test for grammar school admission and who live within 9 miles of the school are given priority. Currently places are allocated to those boys who pass the test (current pass mark 360), who live closest to the school (for 2011 entry this being 5.157 miles).......

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Please note that this page has been written to respond to controversy around Paul Carter's remarks of October 2009. It does not take on the fundamentally larger question of the rationale of the selective system in Kent, which is a political position not broadly challenged by Kent residents.

In a news report in the Independent newspaper, Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, proposes an expansion of grammar school places in the West of the County, to be balanced by a reduction in places available in the East.

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This article formed the basis for a Report in Kent on Sunday, July 2009, about the School Adjudicator's decsion not to order changes to the admission rules for the Judd and Skinners School for September 2010 entry. Ther has been a subsequent Report in October 2010.

You will be able to find both full Adjudicators decisions on this page.
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