Mayfield Grammar School
11 Plus (11+) Exam Information
Address: Mayfield Grammar School, Pelham Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0JE
School Website: www.mgsg.kent.sch.uk
School Type: Girls (mixed sixth form)
Number of Pupils: 1317
Number of Places in Year 7: 210
Open Day Date: Contact School
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: GL
About Mayfield Grammar School
Mayfield Grammar School was founded in 1914 and is a single sex school with a mixed sixth form. It is an average sized school which selects from the top 25% of girls.
The school specialises in science and languages and it is proud to be part of the Mandarin Excellence Programme (MEP).
Mayfield Grammar School offers a full range of exchange visits with schools in France, Germany and Spain and offers other residential trips to China, USA, Canada, Iceland and Italy.
Staff at Mayfield Grammar encourage students to participate in a range of clubs. These include sports clubs, science clubs, drama clubs and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
In the school's last Ofsted inspection (2013), they were judged Outstanding.
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11 Plus Exams
The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an automated marking machine.
The first test will be an English and maths paper and will take 1 hour. Each section will involve a 5-minute practice exercise followed by a 25-minute test. The English section will involve a comprehension exercise as well as some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.
The second test will be a reasoning paper. It will take about 1 hour, including the practice sections and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into short sections, administered and timed individually.
There will also be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel as part of the headteacher assessment stage of the process. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.
The Mayfield Procedure for Admissions
The Mayfield procedure for admissions is optional and may be used to gain entry when an applicant has been unsuccessful in the Kent testing process. To apply for the Mayfield test, you will need to complete the registration form which can be downloaded from the school’s website. Visit the school website for deadline information.
The assessment will comprise of a computerised test which tests Verbal Reasoning (50%), Mathematics (25%) and Non-Verbal Reasoning (25%). The scores of each of these tests will be age standardised. Applicants will also be required to complete an English writing assessment. The English assessment will not be computer based or multiple choice.
Applicants will be expected to reach a minimum standard on the computer and written tests. The outcome of the test may be different from the Kent 11+ as there is a greater emphasis on writing skills.
How to Prepare for the Kent 11+ Exam
Your child will need to develop the following skills:
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In the first instance, parents must register their child to sit the Kent Test, which can be done online via Kent County Council. Once students have taken the test in September, parents will receive their results in October and must then submit their Secondary School Common Application Form (SCAF) via the Kent local authority website.
Kent 11+ Standardised Scores
Your child will get 3 standardised scores, one for English, one for maths and one for reasoning, and a total (aggregate) score.
Standardisation is a statistical process which compares your child's performance with the average performance of other children in each test. A slight adjustment is made to take account of each child's age so that the youngest are not at a disadvantage.
The grammar school threshold for the test will not be published until the results have been sent out.
In order to calculate a standardised score the company producing and marking the tests will create a reference table – called a “look-up table” – for each test paper that is written, and the table is specific to that test paper, because it takes account of the difficulty of the paper. The minimum standardised score is derived from the look-up table and the actual number will vary depending on the average score of all those taking the test and the number of applicants.
Below is an example look-up table. The vertical axis is the “raw score”, i.e. the number (percentage) of actual questions that a child gets right on a paper. The horizontal axis represents the age of the child at the time of taking the exam, shown as years + months.
Kent 11+ Pass Mark
In 2021, children needed a total score of 332 or more, with no single score lower than 109 to be allocated a place at a Kent grammar school. Test scores ranged from 69 to 141. The highest possible total score is 423.
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If your child did not reach the threshold score and their primary school referred their case to the local Head Teacher Assessment Panel, the panel will have looked at their achievement in school and examples of their work, including the writing task completed on the day, before a final decision was made.
If your child does not qualify, the Head does not seek a review or if the review is unsuccessful, you still have the right to have your child’s case heard by an Independent Appeals Panel. You are only able to appeal a decision after school allocations have been sent out to parents in March.
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Every school has its own oversubscription criteria that it uses to decide which children can be offered a place at their school.
Mayfield Grammar School Oversubscription Criteria
Before applying the oversubscription criteria, eligible girls with a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education, Health and Care Plan, which names the school will be admitted.
Places will be allocated in the following order:
1. 'Looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements or special guardianship order.
2. Applicants that have siblings already attending the school. Priority is given to siblings who live in the same house.
3. Permanent residence in the postal code areas beginning with the following: DA2.6**, DA2.8**,DA3, DA4, DA9, DA10, DA11, DA12, DA13, ME3, TN15.7**, TN15 6AR, TN15 6AT and TN15 6AS. Priority will be given to students who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). Places will then be allocated based on the highest aggregated score of the Kent 11+ test and then proximity of the child's home to the school.
4. Permanent residence in the postal code areas beginning with the following: DA1, DA2 7**, ME2, TN13, TN14, TN15 except TN15 7**, TN15 6AR, TN15 6AT and TN15 6AS. Priority will be given to students who are currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM). Places will then be allocated based on the highest aggregated score of the Kent 11+ test and then proximity of the child's home to the school.
5. Students that do not live in the postal codes above will be allocated places based on the highest aggregated score of the Kent 11+ test and then proximity of the child's home to the school.
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