Located in Rochester, Kent, Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School (‘The Math’) is a boys-only grammar school that educates around 1,250 boys aged 11-18, with girls admitted into the Sixth Form. The school became an academy in 2011 and was one of the first 100 schools in the UK to be designated a National Teaching School.
The Math sets its pupils a challenging academic curriculum, while encouraging them to participate in a wide array of extracurricular activities and sports clubs. While the school is in many ways traditional, it does not shy away from a progressive approach to both teaching and learning. This ethos is reflected in the modern facilities that the school offers its pupils day-to-day.
Address: Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Maidstone Road, Rochester ME1 3EL
County: Kent (Medway)
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01634 844008
School Type: Boys’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,250 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 180
Open Day Date: June and October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Medway 11 Plus (CEM)
There are 180 Year 7 places available at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School and these are allocated based on student performance in the 11+ entrance exam. Ahead of submitting an application, the school encourages parents to attend one of its open events.
Schools within the Medway local authority (LA) use different allocation criteria for Year 7 places, so parents are advised to confirm The Math’s exact admission criteria with the school before completing the Common Application Form (CAF).
In the event of oversubscription, the LA will allocate places, giving priority to:
Sir Joseph Williamson’s uses the Medway Test for admission to the school. Children who attend a primary school in the area will take the exam at their current school. Those who live outside the area will take the exam in an independent test centre.
More information on the Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School exam can be accessed on the Medway local authority website.
To apply for a Year 7 place at the school, parents must complete the Common Application Form (CAF), which is 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 registration. Alternatively, parents can call the Admissions team at Medway Council on 01634 331110 with any pressing questions about the application process.
The Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical 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.
In The Medway Test, the 11 Plus maths and English sections are double-weighted in comparison to the verbal reasoning section. This means the maths and writing scores are given twice the importance of the verbal reasoning score in the Medway 11+.
The build-up to the Medway test can be an anxious time for parents and children, but with some forward-planning, it shouldn’t disrupt normal family life.
Give your son plenty of time for revision before the exam date. Try to adopt a steady approach to studying over several months to give your son the best chance of succeeding in the test. The more calm and confident he is going into the exam room, the more chance he’ll have of gaining a Year 7 place at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School.
Encourage your son to include 11 Plus practice papers in his revision routine and set these papers under timed conditions to give him practice of answering questions quickly and under pressure.
For the Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical 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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