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Barton Court Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Barton Court Grammar School 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022

Barton Court Grammar School is a co-educational selective school in the heart of Canterbury. It became an academy in 2011, and is consistently rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The school has an excellent reputation for its supportive community environment, and the variety of extracurricular opportunities on offer, including an orchestra, choir, and debating club. Pupils consistently perform well in exams and virtually all pupils study the GCSE subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate.

11 plus information for Barton Court Grammar School

  • Address: Barton Court Grammar School, Longport, Canterbury, CT1 1PH

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: 01227 464600

  • School type: mixed grammar

  • Number of pupils: 838 (approximately)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • Open day date: March

  • Exam date: 8th September 2022 (for children in Kent primary schools) and 10th September 2022 (other children outside of Kent)

  • Exam board type: Kent Test (GL)

Barton Court Grammar School term dates

The Barton Court Grammar School term dates for 2022-2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st September - 16th December

  • Half term: 24th - 28th October

  • Spring term: 3rd January - 31st March

  • Half term: 13th - 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April - 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May - 2nd June

How and when to apply for Barton Grammar School

Barton Court Grammar School complies with Kent’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. That means your child needs to register for the Kent Test and complete the Kent Secondary Common Application Form in the year before they want to start school.

Registration for the Kent test is usually open from 1st June to 1st July. You can find more details at kent.gov.uk. To apply to Barton Court Grammar School, you just need to include the name of the school on the application form.

Barton Court Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

11 plus admissions to Barton Court Grammar School are selective. Pupils have to take the Kent 11 plus exam, known as the Kent Test, to be eligible.

There are usually more applicants than available places, and the school uses oversubscription criteria to prioritise:

  • Children who are or have been in Local Authority care

  • Children receiving ‘Pupil Premium’

  • Children with a sibling currently attending the school

Barton Court Grammar School also has a catchment area, and gives priority to prospective pupils living close to the school.

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

Applicants to Barton Court Grammar School take the Kent Test. The test is used by most selective schools in the county, and covers English, maths, and reasoning.

The Kent Test contains three separate assessments:

  • Section 1: English and maths – consisting of a five minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test for each subject (one hour total)

  • Section 2: Reasoning – consisting of two sections, one on verbal reasoning and one on non-verbal reasoning (one hour total)

  • Section 3: Writing – 40 minutes plus ten minutes planning time

Sections 1 and 2 are multiple choice tests. Section 3 is a creative writing exercise, but it’s not marked as part of the Kent Test and only used by headteachers in ‘borderline’ assessment cases.

Kent County Council offers a ‘familiarisation paper’, as well as other materials to help your child practise, on its webpage for the Kent Test.

How to prepare your child for the Barton Court Grammar School 11 plus exam

It’s best to start preparing for the 11 plus early, with a revision plan that breaks the test down into smaller areas to help your child stay focused. You can also build in fun ways to improve their skills, like games based on logical and spatial reasoning, and regular reading time to widen their vocabulary and boost concentration.

As exam day approaches, doing timed exercises and practice exams can also help your child improve their time management.

The style of questions on the 11 plus can be different to ones your child has encountered before, so introducing them to sample questions and familiarisation materials is vital. Some 11 plus materials are available for free online, but not all of them will follow the specific format of the Kent Test.

We can help

At Atom Learning, we have over 90,000 teacher-written practice questions and unlimited mock tests that mirror the format and structure of the Kent Test. We also offer live exam prep courses and lessons to help build their skills in a friendly, encouraging, and interactive way. You can start your 5-day free trial of Nucleus today to ensure your child is fully confident and prepared for the 11 plus.

To learn more about how Atom can support you and your child with 11 plus preparation during this important time, please contact our team of experts at [email protected] who will be happy to help.


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