Fort Pitt Grammar School is a selective girls’ grammar, with over 900 pupils aged between 11 and 18. Located in Chatham, one of the Medway towns in Kent, Fort Pitt gained academy status in 2010 and, since 2012, has worked with two other local schools as part of the Fort Pitt Grammar School Academy Trust. After merging the Trust with The Thomas Aveling School to form FPTA Academies, Fort Pitt was designated both a ‘Leading Edge’ school and a National Support School.
Pupils from all four houses compete in a number of events throughout the school year, including sports days, inter-house quizzes and academic events.
Address: Fort Pitt Grammar School, Fort Pitt Hill, Chatham ME4 6TJ
County: Kent – Medway
Admissions Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01634 842359
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 900 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 120
Open Day Date: October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Medway 11 Plus (CEM)
In Year 7, there are 120 places available at Fort Pitt determined by students’ performance in an entrance exam. Ahead of submitting an application, the school encourages parents to visit one of its open events. Schools within the Medway local authority use different allocation criteria for Year 7 places, so parents are advised to confirm Fort Pitt’s exact admission criteria directly with the school before completing the Common Application Form (CAF).
The Medway Test is only used by Medway grammar schools and children who attend a primary school in the area will take the 11 Plus exam at their current school. Those living outside of the area will take the exam in an independent test centre. Schools in Medway send parents their child’s 11+ result before having to choose which schools to apply for, which aims to ensure you make the best decision for your child.
More information on the Fort Pitt Grammar School exam can be accessed on the Medway local authority website.
To apply for a Year 7 place at Fort Pitt Grammar School, parents must complete the Common Application Form (CAF), as administered by the Medway local authority. All primary schools within the Medway area will receive booklets entitled ‘Admission to Secondary School: A Guide for Parents’ to distribute, which explains more about the registration process.
In the case of oversubscription for places, the school uses criteria outlined here to determine which students are given priority.
The Fort Pitt Grammar School 11 Plus exam consists of:
Both the verbal reasoning and maths tests are multiple-choice and last 50 minutes each. The English test usually takes the form of an essay and also lasts 50 minutes, which includes 10 minutes of planning time.
Previously in The Medway Test, the 11 Plus Maths and writing sections have been double-weighted in comparison to the Verbal Reasoning. That means the maths and writing scores are given twice the importance of the Verbal Reasoning score in the Medway 11+.
To be considered for a place at Fort Pitt Grammar School, your daughter must sit the Medway Test at 11 Plus. To maximise your child’s chance of success, it’s important keep stress levels low. When to start 11 Plus preparation is up to parents, but at Exam Papers Plus, we would recommend starting early rather than having to cram for the 11+ at the last minute. A steady approach to exam revision means your daughter is more likely to approach the Fort Pitt exam calmly and confidently.
The Medway Test doesn’t allow much time for pondering on answers, so ahead of the exam itself, encourage your daughter to do some 11 Plus practice papers, particularly under timed conditions, to get her used to answering questions quickly and under pressure.
For the Fort Pitt Grammar School 11+ exam, we would recommend the following resources:
Verbal Reasoning – specific skill development
Maths/Numerical Reasoning – specific skill development
English Writing – specific skill development
Full Practice Tests – (NVR sections not relevant for Medway)
The information provided about Fort Pitt Grammar School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.
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