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.
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 at the start of Year 6.
If parents wish their child to sit the Kent Test in 2020 (for admission to Year 7 in September 2021), they must register between 1 June and 1 July 2020. Please note that registrations close on 1 July 2020, and late registrations will not be accepted. 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.
This year, the date of the Kent Test has been pushed back due to Covid-19. The test will now take place on Thursday 15th October. The results date has not yet been confirmed, but KCC are currently expecting to release results by 26th November 2020.
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 leaflets and presentation 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:
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 2021' booklet, please click on this link - 'read our guide to secondary school applications'.
Applications for secondary school places can be made online from 1st September 2020. The deadline for applications is midnight on the evening of 2nd November 2020. When you apply, please ensure that you receive an email from Kent County Council to confirm that your application has been submitted. Offers will be sent by email after 4pm on 1st March 2021.
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 email@example.com. 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. This year, parents can name up to six schools on their application form instead of the usual four (this is because the delay to the Kent Test means that the results will not be released until after the school application deadline). Please make sure that you list the schools you wish to apply for in your true order of preference.
Usually, secondary schools run Open Events in the autumn term so that families can find out more about the schools they may wish to consider. This year, the local schools have collectively agreed not to run Open Events in person, due to Covid-19 (although a few are still running individual or small group tours). There is a letter below which explains this decision. Many schools are now preparing a prospectus or 'virtual tour' which parents can access online. At the bottom of this page you will find a link to the local schools' websites so that you can check their arrangements for this year.
***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.***
Links to local secondary school websites
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells
Hadlow Rural Community School, Tonbridge (please note - admissions ranking test required - see website for further details)
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