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Key Information

Address: Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 9XB

County: Kent

School Website:

School Type: Boys (mixed sixth form)

Number of Pupils: 1507

Number of Places in Year 7: 300 (210 places for Tunbridge Wells and 90 for Sevenoaks)

Open Day Date: Contact School

Exam Date: September

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About Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, located in Kent, is a prestigious educational institution with a rich history and a strong commitment to academic excellence. 

In its most recent Ofsted inspection (November 2021), Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys was graded Good. The report praised the school for their high expectations and the enthusiasm of its pupils.

The school boasts excellent facilities that support a diverse range of academic and extracurricular activities. In 2021, the school embarked upon a fully-funded £7.5 million school buildings expansion plan. The school now has a new two-story teaching centre for Maths, ICT and food technology classrooms, five-court sports hall and expanded dining room. In January 2022, the school also completed a new satellite site at the Sevenoaks Campus. At the beginning of the 2023/24 academic year there will be three cohorts of students (Years 7, 8 and 9) at Sevenoaks.

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys has a particular specialism in STEM subjects, nurturing students' passion for these areas and preparing them for future careers in related fields.

In addition to its strong academic foundation, the school offers a wide array of extracurricular clubs and activities. Students can engage in sports, music, drama, debating, and various other clubs, allowing them to develop their talents, interests, and social skills outside of the classroom.

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Kent Grammar Schools
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.

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Kent 11+ Familiarisation Paper

This document explains the Kent Test papers for children who will take them.

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How to Prepare for the Kent 11+ Exam

 Your child will need to develop the following skills:

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Non-Verbal Reasoning

  • Maths 

  • English

  • Creative Writing

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Kent Grammar School
Admissions Guide

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.

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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. 

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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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Kent Grammar Schools
Appeals Process

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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Kent Grammar Schools

Every school has its own oversubscription criteria that it uses to decide which children can be offered a place at their school.

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys Oversubscription Criteria

Places are allocated to grammar-assessed students in the following priority order:

  1. Students with an EHCP

  2. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children

  3. Current Family Association- A sibling who is already on roll at the time the applicant joins Health and Special Access Reasons

  4. Children who live within a three-mile radius of the school

  5. Children who live in the named parishes:  Badger’s Mount, Bidborough, Brasted, Brenchley, Capel, Chevening, Chiddingstone, Cowden, Dunton Green, Edenbridge, Hadlow, Halsted, Hever, Hildenborough, Ightham, Kemsing, Knockholt, Leigh, Otford,  Pembury, Penshurst, Plaxtol, Riverhead, Rusthall, Seal, Sevenoaks, Sevenoaks Weald, Shipbourne, Shoreham, Southborough, Speldhurst, Sundridge with Ide Hill, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Westerham

  6. Nearness of all other children's homes to school

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Kent 11+ Past Papers

Use these papers to practise the question types for the Kent 11+ exam.

Verbal Reasoning Test 1

Verbal Reasoning Test 1 Answer Sheet

Verbal Reasoning Test 2

Verbal Reasoning Test 2 Answer Sheet

Verbal Reasoning Test 3

Verbal Reasoning Test 3 Answer Sheet

Verbal Reasoning Mark Scheme

Maths Test 1

Maths Test 1 Answer Sheet

Maths Test 2

Maths Test 2 Answer Sheet

Maths Mark Scheme

English Test 1

English Test 1 Answer Sheet

English Test 2

English Test 2 Answer Sheet

English Mark Scheme

Non-Verbal Reasoning Test 1

Non-Verbal Reasoning Test 1 Answer Sheet

Non-Verbal Reasoning Test 2

Non-Verbal Reasoning Test 2 Answer Sheet

Non-Verbal Reasoning Test 3

Non-Verbal Reasoning Test 3 Answer Sheet

Non-Verbal Reasoning Mark Scheme

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