Rainham Mark Grammar School is a co-educational grammar school for children aged 11 – 18 and is based in Medway, Kent. Previously known as Gillingham Grammar School, it took on its current name in 1975. An academy school, Rainham Mark provides its 1,200 pupils with a friendly and caring environment.
Rainham Mark encourages its students to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including performing arts, sport and music. The school also organises regular field trips or cultural exchanges as part of its curriculum.
Address: Rainham Mark Grammar School, Pump Lane, Rainham, Gillingham ME8 7AJ
County: Kent – Medway
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01634 364151
School Type: Co-Educational Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,238 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 205
Open Day Date: October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Medway 11 Plus (CEM)
Admission to Rainham Mark School in Year 7 is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. There are currently 205 places allocated to Year 7 students. Parents are advised to attend the school’s open evening to get more information about the admission process.
The Medway Test is used by Medway grammar schools. Children who attend a primary school in the area will take the 11 Plus exam at their current school. Those who live outside the area will take the exam in an independent test centre.
In the event of oversubscription, the school applies the following criteria, giving priority to:
For more details about Rainham Mark Grammar School’s admissions process, please refer to the school’s website directly.
To apply for a Year 7 place at Rainham Mark 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. Alternatively, the school recommends calling the Admissions team at Medway Council on 01634 331110 if you have any outstanding questions.
The Rainham Mark 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 last 50 minutes, which includes 10 minutes of planning time.
If Rainham Mark Grammar School is one of your chosen preferences for Year 7, your child must sit the Medway Test at 11 Plus. It’s important to plan ahead and use the most relevant practice resources available in order to keep stress levels to a minimum. We advise parents that 11 Plus preparation should start as early as possible, as leaving it until the last minute can cause unnecessary worry and won’t produce good results.
Encourage your child to do some 11 Plus practice papers under timed conditions for the Medway Test, to get them used to answering questions quickly and under pressure.
For the Rainham Mark Grammar School 11+ exam, we would specifically 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)
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The information provided about Rainham Mark 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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