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Maidstone Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Maidstone Grammar School was originally founded in 1549 to teach Latin grammar to the children of Maidstone. Now, it is a boys’ grammar school that teaches over 1,200 pupils, with girls admitted into the school’s sixth form.


The school has won both a Language College award and a Healthy School award and, in 2011, the school introduced an Applied Learning Centre, allowing pupils access to facilities such as editing suites.



11 Plus Exam Information for Maidstone Grammar School



Address: Maidstone Grammar School, Barton Road, Maidstone ME15 7BT

County: Kent

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01622 752101

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,276 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: 205

Open Day Date: October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Kent 11 Plus Exam (GL)



Maidstone Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions



To be considered for a Year 7 place at Maidstone Grammar School, pupils must sit the Kent 11 Plus Test.


With 205 Year 7 places available at Maidstone, competition for entry is high. In cases where there are more applicants than available places, the school uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:


  1. Qualifying pupils who are looked-after or previously looked-after children
  2. Children resident in one of the parishes listed here, achieving at least a mark halfway between the pass mark and the maximum marks available in the Kent Test
  3. Other qualifying children resident in one of the listed parishes
  4. Qualifying children who have siblings at the school, and those who live within the closest proximity to the school


Parents of students who are not awarded a grammar school place at Maidstone have a right to appeal, and in the first instance, must write to The Clerk to the Governors, care of the school.


For more information about Maidstone Grammar School’s admissions process, visit the school’s website.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Maidstone 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+, you must complete an online registration form.


Once your son has sat the Kent Test at 11+, parents must complete the Secondary Common Application Form and submit it to Kent County Council. This process can usually be done online. Parents will receive the results of the exam via the Council in October and Year 7 place offers will be sent out in March the following year.



Maidstone Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format



Most Kent-based selective schools require pupils to sit the Kent 11 Plus exam; this Kent Test consists of two multiple-choice papers:


Paper 1: This is an hour-long exam, split into two sections that cover English and maths. Each section has a 5-minute practice exercise and a 25-minute test.


Paper 2: This is a 60-minute test, focusing on reasoning and is split into three sections:


  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Spatial reasoning


Pupils must also complete a 40-minute writing task, which might be referred to during borderline or appeal cases.


If your son is going to sit the Kent Test, read our article on how to prepare him for the exam, including some sample questions.



How to Prepare for the Maidstone Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?



As Kent is the largest and most competitive grammar school area in England, it’s imperative to make the most of the time and resources available to your son in the lead-up to the Kent Test if he is going to secure a Year 7 place at Maidstone Grammar School.


Your son must be thoroughly prepared and know what to expect from the exam structure and content. One of the most effective ways of improving your son’s performance in the exam is to use practice papers. These papers are a good way of highlighting weaker areas quickly, so introduce them early in your child’s revision for the 11 Plus.


Practice Exam Papers for the Maidstone Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


To help your son gain a Year 7 place at Maidstone Grammar School, we have created and extensively tested three practice tests specifically for the Kent Test:


Full Practice Tests


11 Plus Kent Practice Test 1

11 Plus Kent Practice Test 2

11 Plus Kent Practice Test 3


For subject-specific practice:


English Practice Tests


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


Verbal Reasoning


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 Grammar Schools Pack 4 (GL)

11 Plus Maths: Problem Solving Grammar Schools (GL)


Non-Verbal Reasoning


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


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The information provided about Maidstone 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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