Founded in 1904, Highsted Grammar School admits girls aged 11-18. Previously known as Sittingbourne High School for Girls until the 1950s, over 800 pupils currently attend this state-funded, selective grammar school in Kent.
In 2011, the school was converted into an academy and has gained recognition as a Specialist Science School. With an ‘Outstanding’ assessment from Ofsted, Highsted Grammar School prides itself on providing a traditional curriculum for its girls, while preparing them for the modern world.
Address: Highsted Grammar School, Highsted Road, Sittingbourne ME10 4PT
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01795 424223
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 853 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 120
Open Day Date: June
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Kent 11 Plus Exam (GL) / Highsted Test (optional)
To be considered for a Year 7 place at Highsted Grammar School, pupils must sit the Kent 11 Plus Test. Since 2016, prospective pupils also have the option of taking the Highsted Test, set by the school itself. Both tests aim to assess whether a grammar school education is a suitable option for your child.
With 120 Year 7 places available at Highsted, should applications exceed this number, the school uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:
The parents of students who are not awarded a grammar school place at Highsted can appeal the decision in front of an Independent Appeals Panel.
Parents are also advised to check Highsted’s admission process directly via the school’s website.
As Highsted Grammar School uses the Kent Test as a means of selection, parents must register online with Kent Local Authority (LA). Parents also have the option of registering their daughter for the Highsted Test, which is an additional test, but entirely optional. If you would like your daughter to sit the optional test, download and complete this registration form. The Highsted test has equal status for a place in Year 7 as a pass in the Kent Test.
Parents will receive results via post in mid-October and can also access the result via the LA’s website.
The majority of Kent-based selective schools require pupils to sit the Kent 11 Plus exam and Highsted Grammar School is no exception. The Kent Test consists of two multiple-choice tests.
Test 2: This is a 60-minute test, focusing on reasoning, which is split into three sections:
Pupils must also complete a 40-minute writing task, which might be referred to during borderline or appeal cases.
The Highsted Test also consists of two papers, that cover:
Ensure that your daughter is confident going into the Highsted Grammar School 11 Plus exam by starting revision early. Your child is likely to learn better if revision periods are split into manageable chunks, rather than lengthy, irregular sessions. Ensure that she is familiar with the layout of the exam and the types of questions she may be asked by referring to our practice exam paper resources. If you start this type of practice early enough, you will have a greater understanding of the areas that need more work.
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The information provided about Highsted 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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