Kent Test results day: Everything you need to know

Today 16,207 children across Kent will learn if they have passed the test to get into grammar school.

Year 6 pupils at primary schools throughout the county took the Kent Test in September and were assessed in English, Maths and Reasoning.

When will we find out?

Families who registered online will be sent an email from Kent County Council after 4pm today.

But the authority warns that due to the volume of emails sent out, some internet service providers may delay delivery.

Results and test scores can also be viewed online from 5pm today if parents or guardians have remembered their log in details.

For the more traditional, First Class letters will be sent this afternoon, to arrive on doormats from Friday.

Results will come out from 4pm. Stock
Results will come out from 4pm. Stock

What do I do now?

An application for your child’s secondary school place must now be sent and the deadline for doing so is midnight on Thursday, October 31.

Up to four schools can be named in order of preference and families are encouraged to make use of all four options.

The national offer day is Monday, March 2. Families who registered online will be sent an email after 4pm on March 2 or can view their offer online at 5pm on the same day. Letters will be sent out that day.

The Medway Test, also sat last month, is separate and those who sat it have already found out their grades.

Children will get four school choices. Stock
Children will get four school choices. Stock

Does my child get a place if they passed?

In short, no.

Passing the Kent Test does not guarantee a child a place at a grammar school — if the pass rate is particularly high, for example, schools will be over subscribed.

There are 5,305 places up for grabs at the county's grammars.

This year of the 16,207 children who sat the test 4,941 passed.

16,207 children sat the test. Stock
16,207 children sat the test. Stock

So, if your maths is up to scratch there's more places than successful applicants.

But 2,794 children eligible to attend a Kent grammar but living in surrounding counties also made the grade.

KCC has said Kent children who passed will get priority to those places, in most cases.

Matt Dunkley, Children, Young People and Education boss, said: “Kent Test results day can be an exciting time for those young people who discover they are eligible to apply for a grammar school place, however, we also recognise that families can feel under pressure when applying for school places so we try to make the process as straightforward as possible.

“Kent is lucky to have a rich variety of both selective and non-selective schools and it is in parents/carers’ best interests to name four schools on their application forms as this will increase the chance of their child getting a place at a school they have selected. It is also important that parents carefully consider how their child will get to school, before applying for a school place.

“We anticipate the 4,941 Kent children who have been assessed as being suitable for grammar school will, in most cases, enjoy priority for the 5,305 places available in the county over pupils from other authorities.

“Although KCC supports the right of all parents, including those of the 2,794 eligible children outside of Kent to name our schools among their preferences, the nature of the school admissions process means that most children will ultimately secure places in their own local authority area.”

How does this year compare to last?

Overall 449 fewer children sat the test this year than last.

The pass rate rose and 29 more children got the marks they needed.

Luckily, 91 more grammar places were also freed up this time round.

I need more help...

Details of secondary schools in Kent and how to apply can be found here.

KCC’s guidance on home-to-school transport allows parents to see whether there is any help available for their child. Details can be found here.

For further advice on completing applications call 03000 41 21 21 or email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk

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