The Harvey Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

The Harvey Grammar School (HGS) is a selective school for boys aged 11–18 and is located in Folkestone, Kent. Pupils are divided across four houses at HGS: Discovery, Endeavour, Resolution and Victory.


Over 800 boys are taught a broad and balanced curriculum that aims to challenge pupils throughout their school life. In recent years, the school has worked to build a range of modern facilities where pupils can participate in extracurricular activities, including music, drama productions, and sport.


11 Plus Exam Information for The Harvey Grammar School


Address: The Harvey Grammar School, Cheriton Road, Folkestone CT19 5JY

County: Kent

Admissions Info: enquiries@harveygs.kent.sch.uk, 01303 252131

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 882 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 150

Open Day Date: June and October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Kent 11 Plus Exam (GL)


The Harvey Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions


The 150 Year 7 places at The Harvey Grammar School are allocated on the basis of student performance in the Kent 11 Plus Test. All admissions are dealt with by the Local Authority (LA) and, when parents are applying, they must do so directly with Kent County Council.


The Harvey Grammar School has fixed oversubscription criteria, which is implemented in the following priority order:


  1. Children in Local Authority Care
  2. Boys who reside in the District of Shepway
  3. Other boys who satisfy the selection requirements, with those living nearest to the school being given the higher priority


Should a student not receive a Year 7 place at The Harvey Grammar School, parents can appeal the decision. Our guide to grammar school appeals explains the process in more detail.


More information about The Harvey Grammar School’s admissions criteria is available on the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to The Harvey Grammar School


Parents who wish to register their son to sit the entrance tests must register with the school before the exam date. To register for the Kent Test at 11 Plus, parents must complete an online registration form.


Once candidates have sat the Kent Test at eleven plus, parents must complete the Secondary Common Application Form and submit it to Kent County Council. This process can usually be done online. The Council will send assessment decisions to parents in October and offers will be sent out on National Offer Day in March of the following year.


For further information about The Harvey Grammar School’s admissions process for Year 7 entry, call the school on 01303 252131 or email at enquiries@harveygs.kent.sch.uk.


The Harvey Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


For Year 7 entry, The Harvey Grammar School uses the Kent 11 Plus exam. The Kent Exam consists of two multiple-choice papers, with a separate answer sheet, split into the following format:


  1. An hour-long exam that tests a pupil’s reasoning abilities. Pupils will be tested on Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.
  2. An hour-long exam that tests English and Maths.
  3. A writing task that lasts for 40 minutes, including 10 minutes’ preparation time. This isn’t marked for the purposes of the 11 Plus exam but may be used as evidence for borderline cases.


How to Prepare for The Harvey Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?


The Harvey Grammar School is generally oversubscribed in Year 7, so parents should make sure that their son makes the most of the time and resources available ahead of the exam.


Children at this age are likely to perform better in exams if they have revised over a longer period, rather than crammed in one or two sessions just before the test. Students that revise in short sessions over a longer period of time tend to retain knowledge better.


The Kent Test covers a number of subjects and we have created targeted resources to help with every aspect of the test. We would recommend using practice exam papers to prepare, as they will highlight any weaker areas early on. Practice papers are also a great way to monitor a student’s progress.


Pupils who are due to sit the Kent Test, with a view of gaining a Year 7 place at The Harvey Grammar School, will benefit from these resources:



If students need to work on a particular subject area, these practice papers will prove beneficial:


11 Plus English Pack 1 (GL)

11 Plus English Pack 2 (GL)

11 Plus English Pack 3 (GL)

11 Plus English Pack 4 (GL)

Technical English skills:

11 Plus Spelling Pack 3

11 Plus Punctuation

11 Plus Sentence Completion


11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Pack 1 (GL)

11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Pack 2 (GL)

11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Pack 3 (GL)

11 Plus Verbal Reasoning Pack 4 (GL)


11 Plus Maths Grammar Schools Pack 1 (GL)

11 Plus Maths Grammar Schools Pack 2 (GL)

11 Plus Maths Grammar Schools Pack 3 (GL)

11 Plus Maths: Problem Solving Grammar Schools (GL)


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning: Pack 1 (GL)



The information provided about The Harvey 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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