Located in Kent, Tonbridge Grammar School is a girls-only school. Founded in 1905 with just 19 students, today Tonbridge educates over 1,000 girls aged from 11-18. Boys are accepted into the school’s Sixth Form from age 16. The school is based within a 14-acre campus in Deakin Leas, Tonbridge.
An International Baccalaureate World School, Tonbridge Grammar mixes a traditional curriculum with a passion for learning. The school aims to produce students who are keen to make a difference in the world.
Address: Tonbridge Grammar School, Deakin Leas, Tonbridge TN9 2JR
Admissions Info: [email protected], 01732 365125
School Type: Girls’ Grammar
Number of pupils: 1,058 (approx.)
Number of Places in Year 7: 180
Open Day Dates: June and October
Exam Date: September
Exam Board Type: Kent 11 Plus Test (GL)
Year 7 admission to Tonbridge Grammar School is determined by student performance in the Kent 11 Plus Test. To be considered for one of the 180 places available, prospective pupils must achieve the required standard in this entrance exam.
The school encourages both parents and pupils to attend one of its open events before registering for a Year 7 place. The school holds monthly group tours from November to April and larger-scale open events in June and October. At these events, parents can ask any questions they might have about the school’s curriculum and learning environment.
In case of oversubscription, Tonbridge Grammar School gives priority to:
Visit Tonbridge Grammar School’s website for more information about its Year 7 admissions policy.
To apply for a Year 7 place at Tonbridge Grammar School, parents must first register their daughter for the Kent Test. This can be done online via the Local Authority (LA), Kent County Council.
Once students have taken the Kent Test in September, parents will receive the results in October and must then submit a Secondary School Common Application Form (SCAF) via the LA’s website.
Along with the majority of selective grammar schools in Kent, Tonbridge Grammar uses the Kent Test at 11+ to allocate its 180 Year 7 places. The exam consists of tests in Reasoning, English and Maths and also includes a writing task.
The exam is divided as follows:
Part 1: Reasoning – A one-hour exam that tests students’ reasoning abilities. The test is split into three shorter sections and focuses on Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Part 2: English and Maths – A one-hour exam that is split into two sections. Each section consists of a 5-minute practice exercise and 25-minute test. The English section will test comprehension and literacy skills, while the maths section is made up of multiple-choice questions.
Part 3: Writing – This 40-minute writing task will not be marked as part of the eleven plus test, but might be referred to in borderline or appeal cases.
Kent is well-known as an extremely competitive grammar school area, so for your child to succeed in the Kent 11 Plus exam, they would do well to invest additional time into their revision ahead of the test date.
We always encourage students to revise ‘little and often’. Children who approach their revision sessions like this are much more likely to perform better in exams, compared with those who become overwhelmed by longer revision sessions.
As well as working from a structured revision schedule, we recommend using practice exam papers from an early stage. Practice papers enable parents to monitor their child’s learning from week-to-week and identify any strengths and weaknesses.
For students to have the best chance of gaining a Year 7 place at Tonbridge Grammar School, we would recommend starting with these practice test:
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