Kent Test results revealed
anxiously checking their emails today as the results of the Kent
Test get sent out to thousands of pupils.
Year 6 children, set to start secondary school in September next
year, started to hear from 4pm today whether they have been
successful in the test.
Letters will also be sent to all families this afternoon, to
arrive on doormats from tomorrow.
They then have until the end of this month to submit their
The official closing date is Monday October 31 - but with the
October school holidays, applications made before 5pm on
Friday November 4 will be considered.
Statistics sent out by Kent County Council reveal 11,003 pupils
sat the test in the county - marginally up on last year.
Of those, 5,308 were assessed as suitable for admission to
grammar schools in September next year. Again, that's just a few up
on last year.
But education chiefs warned passing the Kent test doesn't
guarantee a place in a gramar school. If more children apply for
places than a school can handle, the council's "oversubscription"
criteria kick in.
Families should know which school they have been allocated by
March 1 next year.
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KCC Cabinet Member for
education, learning and skills, Mike Whiting, said: "The decisions
that families will be making over the next couple of weeks are
"The secondary school years are when children turn into young
adults and finding the right school to suit their educational needs
will be a parent's primary focus.
"The good news is that Kent has a diverse range of secondary
schools where, if a child is prepared to put the effort in, they
will reap the rewards."
Thousands of families can name up to four preferred schools. The
easiest way to apply is online. Last year the vast majority of
families used the www.kent.gov.uk/ola website.
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