Criteria for Admitting Students to Year 7 for September
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls complies with the Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme run by the Kent Local Authority.
Applications for Admission
Students admitted at the start of Year 7 will be those who have been judged suitable for grammar school education under the Kent selection procedure and applications should be made via the Local Authority (LA). All applications will be considered by Kent Admissions and ranked in order of priority in the event of the school being oversubscribed using the criteria below.
The Kent Tests (11+)
The Kent Tests taken in September are a multiple choice English and Maths paper and a multiple choice reasoning paper containing a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section. Reasoning tests look at how quickly and efficiently students solve problems of increasing difficulty. These include questions using words or numbers and patterns and sequences. The tests are marked and the scores standardised. Standardisation means that each student’s score can be compared with those achieved by other students of the same age. An allowance is made so that the youngest students are not disadvantaged. Students also complete a piece of writing under test conditions.
Further admissions and appeals information can be found below.
Entry to the school is through the Kent age 11 assessment procedure. When the school is oversubscribed (the School’s Published Admission Number is 180), the following oversubscription criteria will be used in the order shown:
- Children in Local Authority Care
A child under the age of 18 years for whom Kent County Council provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they were adopted or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act.
- Current Family Association
A brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters. If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc) apply for a school and the school would reach its Published Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those siblings, the LA will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the school above its PAN.
- Health and Special Access Reasons
Medical / Health and Special Access Reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’, physical or mental health or social need means there is a demonstrable and significant need for their child to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.
- Nearness of children’s homes to school
The distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school is measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey.The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school. In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.
Our admissions number for year 7 is 180.
|September 2016||Information about secondary transfer will be available on the Kent County Council website and through your child’s primary school. Children who are registered by 1st July 2016 to take the grammar school tests will be tested in September and sent their results on 13th October 2016.|
|October 2016||Schools hold open events so that you can visit and look around. At Maidstone Grammar School for Girls the dates that these events occur are as follows: Open Evening – 11/10/16 – 6pm – 9pm Open Morning – 17/10/15 – 9am – 11am Open Morning – 18/10/15 – 9am – 11am Open Afternoon 19/10/15 1.30pm – 3.30pm|
|31st October 2016||You must have applied for schools by this date, either online or by returning Kent’s Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) to your child’s primary school.|
|1st March 2017||Offers of school places will be sent out. E-mail messages will be sent after 4pm to parents who applied online and letters will be posted first class to arrive on 2nd March.|
|16th March 2017||If you would like your child’s name put on the waiting list for any school you named on the SCAF but were not offered, you should let Kent County Council know by this date.|
|16th March 2017||By this date you must let the school you have been offered know whether or not you are accepting the place.|
|29th March 2017||If you would like to appeal for a place at any school you named on the SCAF but were not offered, you should do so by this date.|
|28th April 2017||Any vacant places will be reallocated by Kent County Council, using the schools’ waiting lists.|
|May 2017||Parents and carers of students who have accepted their place at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls are invited to attend the Year 7 Information Evening.|
|June/July 2017||Students will be visited in their Primary school by Mrs Farnham the Head of Study for Year 7 or by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.|
|13th July 2017||Year 7 Welcome Day. Students spend the day at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls and meet other girls who will be joining the school in September.|
|September 2017||First day of term.|
If you have not been successful in gaining a place for your daughter at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, or more fondly known as ‘MGGS’, for September into Year 7, we understand your disappointment and now hope to assist you in the appeals procedure.
You can appeal for a place at MGGS at any stage during Year 6 and throughout Year 7, although we do adivse appealing as soon as possible in order to be in the best possible position as places are limited. Each year the main round of appeals (as long as MGGS was named as a preference on your original SCAF form), usually take place early in May. Further appeals take place on demand even if MGGS was not named on the original SCAF form. Parents/carers need to complete the MGGS Appeal Form and return it to MGGS clearly addressed to Michelle Starns, Admissions Manager by post or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please read the appeals guidance documentation.
We recommend that you send your appeal form as soon as possible, along with the majority of your documents. If you then wish to send further documents please send these directly to Michelle Starns within two weeks of your appeal form. Any documents after this must then be sent directly to KCC Secondary Appeals Team at least 5 days prior to any appeal date. Our appeals will be heard by KCC Secondary Appeals Team and they will contact parents/carers with the details of dates and times for appeals.
KCC have advised that if you intend lodging an appeal, you should still send the acceptance form back to the school that you were offered. If your appeal is upheld and you are offered a place at MGGS for your daughter, you will then need to withdraw your acceptance from the initial place accepted. However, if your appeal is not upheld your daughter will still have a place at a school in September.
We hope this information is helpful and if there is any further information you require, please do not hesitate to contact Michelle Starns via telephone to personally discuss your individual situation (01622 752 103 ext 201).
In-Year Admissions for Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
Students can test once each year for a place at the school even if the year group is full.
The date for those students who would like to test for a place into any year group from Years 8 – 10 for the academic year 2016-17 is:
- Friday 25th November 2016 9am – 12:45pm
- Thursday 16th March 2017 9am – 12:45pm
- Wednesday 3rd May 2017 9am – 12:45pm
- Monday 19th June 2017 9am – 12:45pm
Parents have the right to appeal against any decision made not to allocate a place into the school following testing, for example, if a place cannot be offered due to the year group being full.
If your daughter would like to apply for a place into the school and sit our admission test on one of the dates offered above, then please complete the In-Year Casual Admission Form and return this to the school. Other dates for testing are available on enquiry.
Tours of the school are held on Wednesdays at 11.30am; please telephone Michelle Starns on 01622 752103 ext 201 to book a tour or email email@example.com
Criteria for Admitting Students from Year 8 – 11 and Students into Year 7 After the Start of the Academic Year
Students admitted at the start of Year 7 each academic year will be those who have been judged suitable for Grammar School education under the Kent selection procedure. Year 7 students applying for a place into Year 7 between September and December will take the Kent Test. From January, Year 7, students will take the school’s own In Year admissions test.
Students who wish to join the school into Years 8 – 11 and those students wishing to join Year 7 not having previously taken the Kent test at Primary school should apply for a place at the school using the In-Year Casual Admission Form (IYCAF).
If you live in Kent or are about to move into Kent and would like a place for your daughter at our school, you must complete an In-Year Casual Admission Form and return this to the Admissions Manager, Michelle Starns at the school address below or fax it to 01622 681947 or email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The In-Year Tests
Students can test once each year for a place at the school. If a student is unsuccessful following testing for a place into Year 7, then that student has the opportunity to test the following year for a place into Year 8. This applies to all year groups up to Year 11.
The In Year tests consist of verbal and non-verbal reasoning papers in a multiple-choice format. Reasoning tests look at how quickly and efficiently students solve problems of increasing difficulty. These include questions using words or numbers and patterns and sequences. The tests are marked and the scores standardised. Standardisation means that each student’s score can be compared with those achieved by other students of the same age. An allowance is made so that the youngest students are not disadvantaged. Students also complete a Maths test and are required to write a short English essay. For those students testing for a place into Years 10 and 11, additional Biology, Chemistry and Physics papers will be taken. These test papers are marked in school. The testing takes approximately three and a half hours and is completed during the morning. (Testing for Years 10 and 11 takes 5 hours). You will be informed in writing of the results of the test and given further information on what to do next.
If a place is available in the required Year group and the student is successful following testing, a place in the school will be offered. The relevant Head of Study will then make contact to arrange a start date. If however, a student is unsuccessful following testing then parents and carers have the right to appeal against the decision not to admit. This is completed via the Kent County Council independent appeals procedure.
Appeals resulting from In Year Admission applications will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged with Michelle Starns, Admissions Manager. Information on how to proceed with an appeal will be given at the time of writing to inform parents and carers of an unsuccessful test result.
If the school is oversubscribed parents and carers of students who are deemed selective following testing can request that their daughter’s name is placed on the waiting list. Unfortunately we are unable to give students who do not pass the In Year test a place on the waiting list.
Further information about admission to the school and other useful information can be found below.
Applying for a School Place
Our admission number for years 8-11 is 180 in each year group.
For the most up-to-date information about applying for a school place please visit the Kent County Council website.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school.
01622 752 103 ext 201