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Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Founded as a technical school in 1956, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys (TWGSB) became a selective grammar school for boys in 1982. The school has a co-educational Sixth Form for those aged 16-18.

 

Over 1,000 students are divided across six houses and are encouraged to explore their social and cultural interests through a range of co-curricular activities.

 

11 Plus Exam Information for Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

 

Address: Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, St John’s Road, Tunbridge Wells TN4 9XB

County: Kent

Admissions Info: [email protected], 01892 529551

School Type: Boys’ Grammar

Number of pupils: 1,194

Number of Places in Year 7: 180

Open Day Date: October

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: Kent 11 Plus Exam (GL)

 

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Admissions

 

All 180 Year 7 places at Tunbridge Wells Grammar are allocated on the basis of student performance in the Kent 11 Plus Test. Admissions are dealt with by Kent County Council, so parents should register their children directly with the local authority.

 

In instances where there are more applicants than Year 7 places, TWGSB uses the following oversubscription criteria, giving priority to:

 

  1. Children in care, or who have previously been in care
  2. Children with a sibling at the school at the time of a child starting in Year 7
  3. Health and Special Access Reasons
  4. Children who live within a 3-mile radius of the school
  5. Children who live in the named parishes outlined here
  6. Nearness of all other children’s homes to the school

 

More information about TWGSB’s admissions criteria is available on the school’s website.

 

How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

 

Parents are able to express four school preferences on a Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF), which should be returned to the Local Authority (LA).

 

For admission to TWGSB, applicants will need to have secured a ‘grammar’ assessment and named Tunbridge Wells Grammar on the SCAF.

 

Parents will be notified of the result of the offer of a school place in March by the LA.

 

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Exam Format

 

The majority of Kent’s 35 selective grammar schools and 4 partially selective schools use the Kent Test at 11 Plus for Year 7 places. The Kent Exam consists of two multiple-choice papers, with a separate answer sheet, in the following format:

 

  1. An hour-long exam that tests a pupil’s reasoning abilities. This includes Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning.
  2. An hour-long exam that tests English and Maths.

 

  1. A 40-minute writing task. This will not be marked as part of the 11 Plus exam, but might be used in borderline cases.

 

How to Prepare for the Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Exam?

 

In order for your son to secure a Year 7 place at TWGSB, he will need to be well-prepared for the Kent Test. Children generally perform better in exams if they have revised over a longer period of time. A ‘little and often’ approach typically works best and ensures that they don’t become overwhelmed with studying.

 

We recommend using practice exam papers as a way of highlighting any areas that need additional work. Don’t be afraid to introduce practice papers at the beginning of your child’s revision, as they will enable you to diagnose their strengths and weaknesses.

 

Practice Exam Papers for the Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 11 Plus Exam

 

Pupils sitting the Kent Test, with a view of gaining a Year 7 place at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, will hugely benefit from these resources:

 

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)

 

Mathematics

 

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 Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys 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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