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 2020 (for admission to Year 7 in September 2021), they must register by 1 July 2020. Registrations open on 1 June 2020. If registering online, the process tends to be easier and the results are usually received a day earlier. Please ensure that you select the correct school, as there is also a St John's School in Sevenoaks. You will receive an email from Kent County Council confirming that your child has been registered for the Kent Test - it is very important to check that you have received this. KCC will announce nearer the time whether any adjustments need to be made to the Kent Test process this year due to the current school closure situation.
More information about the Kent Test, including important dates and a link to the registration portal, can be found on the Kent County Council website's dedicated Kent Test section. You can also find more information in the leaflet below (please note that the leaflet for entry into secondary school in September 2021 has not yet been released).
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:
For all Year 6 children
For more information about transfer to secondary school, please visit 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 2020' booklet, please click on this link - 'read our guide to secondary school applications'.
Applications for secondary school places can be made online from 2nd September 2019. The deadline for applications is Thursday 31st October 2019. When you apply, please ensure that you have received an email from Kent County Council to confirm that your application has been received. Offers will be sent by email after 4pm on Monday 2nd March 2020.
Parents are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 four schools; at the bottom of this page is a selection of links to 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: email@example.com in advance if you are taking your child to visit another school so that we can update the register accordingly.***
Links to local secondary school websites
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells
Hadlow Rural Community School, Tonbridge
Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge
Hugh Christie Technology College, Tonbridge
Mascalls Academy, Paddock Wood
St. Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Tunbridge Wells
The Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge
The Judd School, Tonbridge
Sackville School, Hildenborough
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