Kent has one of the highest concentrations of grammar schools in the country, and in order for a child to gain access into one of these popular institutions, they must pass the 11+ Kent Test or the equivalent Medway Test.
These tests are designed to be closely aligned to the Key Stage 2 curriculum and hence based on what the students learn when taking their Year 6 SATS exams. Kent County Council have recently revamped the tests in an effort to make them “tutor proof” and the results from 2014 indicate this was somewhat successful – we fully support this new method and applaud the move to open Grammar School entrance to pupils based purely on their ability alone.
However it still remains the case that competition for places is extremely competitive and candidates need to reach an ever increasing level of performance to gain entry.
At Tuition Academy we do not teach our students how to pass exams. Our most successful results have come from the children who have been with us from Year 4 or 5, and so have supplemented their education through Key Stage 2, SATS and into their 11+ application.
Of course we do offer specific 11+ preparation to give them the best possible chance of succeeding, and this includes mock tests, guidance on exam technique and confidence building.