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 want 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 reasoning, English and mathematics tests and creative writing and they are taken in the September of Year 6.
If parents wish their child to sit the Kent Test in September 2019 (for September 2020 admission to Year 7), they must register them by 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.
For all Year 6 children
For more information 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 offered the opportunity to talk to an independent choice adviser, in addition to their primary school teachers and headteacher. Click on the KCC link at the top of the Admissions page for more information.
School open days and tours
It's important to find out more about schools you're interested in before you apply. You can apply for up to 4 schools; below is a selection of the schools in the local area. Please visit the schools’ websites for the latest information about open days and events to help you make your decision. Some schools may not have published their open dates, so please keep checking their websites for updates or contact their school offices.
***Please inform St. John's via email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Hadlow Rural Community School, Tonbridge
Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge
Hugh Christie Technology College, Tonbridge
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 email@example.com or 01732 353544.
Mascalls Academy, Paddock Wood
St. Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Tunbridge Wells
The Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge
The Judd School, Tonbridge
The Skinners Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells
The Skinners School, Tunbridge Wells
Tonbridge Grammar School, Tonbridge
Tunbridge Wells Girls Grammar School TWGGS, Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tunbridge Wells
Weald of Kent Grammar School, Tonbridge