Admission to Secondary school and PESE
The information from our secondary admissions meeting can be found at the bottom of this page. This will provide you with all key dates and information about the process. Also included within the presentation is information about PESE (the Kent 11+ test)
To help children get themselves familiar with the format and types of question found in the 11+ tests, GL Assessment have created free generic 11+ familiarisation papers for parents. To access please click here.
You can also access a range of resources published by CGP here
Your child will take the test in Year 6 of primary school.
The Kent Test dates for 2023 are:
7th September 2023 for children who go to school in Kent.
Registrations for the Kent Test opens 1 June 2023 and closes midnight 1 July 2023 for children due to start secondary school in September 2024.
Secondary Admissions Team – 03000 412121
If you move to Kent after the Kent Test has taken place, or if your child has not been tested and you want to move them from their current secondary school to a grammar school, please read the information on the KCC website about moving to a different school.
The Kent test is only valid for Kent grammar schools.
Medway Council has its own Medway Test and London Borough of Bexley has its own Bexley selection test.
Grammar schools in Kent provide for children in about the top 25% of the ability range- this means that the tests are designed with challenge in mind. In addition, some of Kent’s grammar schools – particularly those which are most likely to offer places to children from outside Kent – give priority to those with the highest scores. Please look at whether this is part of the school's oversubscription criteria before applying!
Passing the Kent Test does not guarantee your child a place in a Kent grammar school.
Make sure you know where the Kent grammar schools are, and what the admissions criteria are for the school(s) you are interested in. You can search for Kent grammar schools with our Kent Schools search.
Consider how likely your child is to be offered a place there, and how they would get to that school if a place was offered. If you will need help with the cost of transport from home to school, check if your child is eligible for free school transport.
School admissions are co-ordinated between local authorities. This means that even if your child qualifies for admission to a grammar school in more than one area, all your preferred schools must be listed on your home local authority’s application form, and you will not be offered more than one school place. Independent schools have their own admissions processes.
If your child is disabled or had special educational needs
If your child has a disability or special educational need that may affect the way they access the test, you need to discuss this with us as soon as possible. Any proposal for alternative access requirements must be made by the school.
When you register your child for the Kent Test online, you will need to confirm if you have discussed a request for access arrangements with your child’s school. Please be aware that the school must also submit a request so it is very important that you liaise with us if this is a consideration for you.