Dear Kent County Council,
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I have been given to understand that even if children attain the test score total recognized as sufficient for Grammar school entry, they may not be accepted by the Grammar school of their choice.
What latitude does KCC allow individual Grammar schools to have in deciding the Kent Test score acceptable for entry?
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Dear Mr Kerr
Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to the Kent Test. Please see the
response provided to us via the relevant team.
I have been given to understand that even if children attain the test
score total recognized as sufficient for Grammar school entry, they may
not be accepted by the Grammar school of their choice.
What latitude does KCC allow individual Grammar schools to have in
deciding the Kent Test score acceptable for entry?
Kent County Council runs an 11+ assessment process on behalf of all Kent’s
grammar schools, to determine whether a child is eligible for admission to
Each school must consult periodically on Admission Criteria, which set out
how they will allocate places in the event of oversubscription. Admission
criteria are published each year, and can be found on the Council’s
website, here. Admission criteria must meet the requirements of the
School Admissions Code, national legislation which you can find here.
If a grammar school is oversubscribed, an eligible applicant may be turned
away because other pupils are ranked more highly when the Admission
Criteria are applied, and there is not capacity for everyone who has
The Council is the Admission Authority for only three of the grammar
schools in the Kent Local Authority area, and these grammar schools
(Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, the Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar
School and Dover Grammar School for Girls) do not take account of scores
when deciding which of the eligible children who have applied should be
The other grammar schools are effectively self-governing, because they
have Academy or Foundation status, which means that the Governing Body
acts as their Admission Authority.
The Council is aware that certain oversubscribed grammar schools have
chosen to take account of test scores as a part of their Admission
Criteria, and has worked actively to encourage a reduction in the number
of schools which rank applicants for admission purely by aggregate score
(sometimes called “superselective” schools). This latitude is, however,
within the requirements of the School Admissions Code.
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