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Transfer to Secondary School

  

Children at St. John's transfer to a wide variety of secondary schools at the end of Year 6.  The majority of children go to local grammar schools, wide-ability schools or church comprehensive schools in Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge.  Some parents choose to send their children to comprehensive schools in East Sussex. 

During the summer term of Year 5 we undertake a series of assessments of children's abilities. These involve nationally standardised tests, assessments of children's creative writing, etc. Together with teachers' assessments of children's work, these are used as the basis for the school's recommendation to parents, as to the most suitable type of secondary education for each child.  We take a great deal of time and care with this assessment process and try to ensure that parents are fully aware of the reasons behind the school's recommendations.  Meetings are made available with the Year 5 class teachers for those parents who are considering whether their child should sit the Kent Test.  The assessment results are shared and also the class teacher gives their opinion on whether the standard of class work reflects that of a grammar school.  Dates of these meetings are confirmed later in the year. 

 

The Kent Test
If you wish to apply for a Year 7 place at a Kent grammar school, you can register your child for the Kent Test which will assess whether your child is suitable. The Kent Test is made up of standardised English, mathematics and reasoning tests along with a creative writing exercise, and these are taken in the September of Year 6.  

 

If parents wish their child to sit the Kent Test in September 2019 (for admission to Year 7 in September 2020), they must register them by 3 July 2019.  If applying online, the process tends to be easier and the results are usually received a day earlier.  Please ensure the correct school is chosen as there is also a St John's School in Sevenoaks.

 

More information about the Kent Test, including important dates, can be found on the Kent County Council website's dedicated Kent Test section. You can also find more information in the leaflet below.

GL Assessment, who set the Kent Test, have made available some free sample materials to help familiarise children with the type and format of questions found in the 11+ tests. These can be found by following the link below: 

 

https://www.gl-assessment.co.uk/products/11plus-series-11-plus-practice-papers/11plus-familiarisation-materials/

For all Year 6 children

For more information about transfer to secondary school, please look on the Kent County Council website - there is a link at the top of the Admissions page.  To see the 'Admission to Secondary School in Kent 2019' booklet,  please click on this link -  'read our guide to secondary school applications'.

Parents are also able to speak to the Kent County Council Secondary Admissions Team if they need further advice. The team can be contacted on 03000 412121 or at kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk. Alternatively, click on the KCC link at the top of the Admissions page for further information.

 

School open days and tours

It's important to find out more about the schools you're interested in before you apply. You can apply for up to 4 schools; at the bottom of the page is a selection of the schools in the local area.  The leaflet below contains a summary list of open events for most of the local schools; however, some schools may not yet have published their open dates, and dates can change, so please also check the schools’ websites for the latest information to help you make your decision.   

 

***Please inform St. John's via email: a2@st-johns.kent.sch.uk in advance if you are taking your child to visit another school so that we can update the register accordingly.***

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells

Open Events

 

Hadlow Rural Community School, Tonbridge

Open Events

 

Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge

Open Events

 

Hugh Christie Technology College, Tonbridge

Open Events

Friday Experience: an opportunity for Y5 students to experience a day at Hugh Christie. These days run from 2pm – 5pm. Book early for either Friday 7 June, Friday 14 June or Friday 5 July. Contact Mrs Burns on experience@tonbridgefederation.co.uk or 01732 353544.

 

Mascalls Academy, Paddock Wood

Open Events

 

St. Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Tunbridge Wells

Open Events

 

The Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge

Open Events

 

The Judd School, Tonbridge

Open Events

 

The Skinners Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells

Open Events

 

The Skinners School, Tunbridge Wells

Open Events

 

Tonbridge Grammar School, Tonbridge

Open Events

 

Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School TWGGS, Tunbridge Wells

Open Events

 

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tunbridge Wells

Open Events

 

Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge

Open Events

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