Transition to Secondary School
For many parents planning for their child to transition to secondary school is a worrying time, new school, new buildings, new teachers, new subjects and new friends.
Yr 5 Secondary Transfer Meeting for Parents
Please take the time to view this powerpoint presentation that Mrs Rye has voiced over to support parents with this process.
With our Year 6 students moving onto secondary school you may be considering how your child is going to travel to their new school. With this in mind, Arriva has provided a letter to give parents more information.
Kent and Bexley Tests
Children who were born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 can sit the Kent and/or Bexley selection test in September 2021 when they are in Year 6 of primary school.
Registration for the Kent Test opens between 1 June 2021 and 1 July 2021.
Kent will continue to monitor whether any adjustments are required to the Kent Test process this year in light of COVID-19. Please register as usual if you would like your child to be considered for a place at Kent grammar school in September 2022.
The Kent Test is due to be held on:
- 9 September 2021 for children who go to a school in Kent
- 11 September 2021 for children who go to school outside of Kent.
If Kent need to make any changes to the Kent Test process in light of COVID-19, they will contact everyone who has registered a child to take part.
The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an automated marking machine.
The first test will be an English and Maths paper and will take 1 hour. Each section will involve a 5 minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test. The English section will involve a comprehension exercise as well as some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.
The second test will be a reasoning paper. It will take about 1 hour, including the practice sections and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into short sections, administered and timed individually.
There will also be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel as part of the headteacher assessment stage of the process. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.
Registration for the Bexley Test opens between 4 May and 2 July 2021.
The test sessions are planned for week commencing Monday 13 September 2021. All children registered for the test will be invited to one of these sessions, whether in their own school or at a test centre.
There will be two test papers containing a mixture of questions on verbal reasoning and comprehension, non-verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning. Each paper will be divided into timed sections, and instructions will be given on an audio soundtrack. Most questions are multiple-choice, and all answers are marked on a separate machine-readable answer sheet. There will be a short break between the two test papers.
A leaflet providing more information relating to this year’s test is available to download.
All parents who register their child for the test will be sent a link to familiarisation materials.
A range of free familiarisation material is also available from GL Assessment.
Applying for Secondary Schools
If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2022 you will be able to apply on-line at www.kent.gov.uk/ola.
If you have already used the system to register your child for the Kent Test, you will be able to log on and simply add your preferences to the information you have already given.
You can apply for schools, putting them in order of preference. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.
It is important to check whether any of your chosen secondary schools require a Supplementary Form to be completed. This must be returned directly to the school being applied for.
Further information can be found on Kent County Council's website.
Admissions criteria can be found on the KCC website following this link.
We recommend you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your appeal and will guarantee your child has a school place if your appeal is unsuccessful. If your appeal is successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.
Open Days for Yr 5 pupils getting ready for choosing a secondary school
At this time of year we normally hold a Year 5 Information Evening for parents/carers who wish their daughters to know more about the admissions process into our school.
We are unable to host this event this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions. This event is always extremely well attended and we are therefore requesting that the following information is shared with Year 5 parents/carers.
Entry into Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend is either via the Kent 11+ test or via the optional Mayfield test. Please note that all pupils must sit the Kent 11+ test.
Information regarding the Mayfield registration procedure is available on the school’s website at the following link: Mayfield Registration Form.
Further information regarding the Mayfield testing is also available on the school’s website at the following link: The Mayfield Procedure Additional Information.
We do appreciate that some parents will have queries and questions so we have a dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any parent who requires advice on the admissions procedure or the Mayfield testing is welcome to email this address directly and a member of staff will respond to them as soon as is practicable.
Registration closes on Thursday 1st July at 4 p.m. Following this we will publish further familiarisation materials on our website under “Life at Mayfield”, “Joining Year 7”.