Borden Grammar School is a selective grammar school in Sittingbourne, Kent. The school is for boys aged 11-16, and also admits girls in the sixth form.
Ofsted has consistently rated Borden as ‘good’, most recently in November 2021, when it identified the quality of the school’s teachers as a particular strength. The school also has an excellent reputation for its pastoral care of pupils.
Address: Borden Grammar School, Avenue of Remembrance, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DB
Admissions info: [email protected], 01795 424192
School type: boys’ grammar, mixed in sixth form
Number of pupils: 826 (approximately)
Number of places in Year 7: 150
Open day date: September
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)
Term dates for 2022-2023 have not yet been set, but the school term dates for 2021-2022 are:
Autumn term: 3rd September – 17th December
Half term: 25th – 29th October
Spring term: 4th January – 1st April
Half term: 14th – 18th February
Summer term: 19th April – 20th July
Half term: 30th May – 3rd June
Borden 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 Borden Grammar School, you just need to include the name of the school on the application form.
Admissions to Borden Grammar School are selective, and pupils have to take the Kent 11 plus exam, known as the Kent Test, to be eligible.
If there are more applicants than places, the school will use oversubscription criteria to prioritise:
Children in Local Authority care
Children eligible for free school meals in postcodes ME9, ME10, ME11, and ME12
Children with a sibling currently attending the school
Children with health and special access reasons
Borden Grammar School also has a catchment area, and will prioritise (in order):
Children living in postcode areas ME9, ME10, ME11, and ME12 Children living in postcode areas ME8 and ME13 Children living in any other area
You can find more details on Borden’s criteria in its 11 plus admission policy document.
Applicants to Borden Grammar School take the Kent Test. This test is used by most selective schools in Kent, and consists of 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 to assess ‘borderline’ 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.
It’s a good idea to start preparing for the 11 plus well in advance, with a revision plan that breaks the test down into smaller subtopics to help your child stay focused. It’s also great to incorporate games based on logical and spatial reasoning to keep learning fun, as well as regular reading time to help with vocabulary and concentration.
Introducing your child to sample questions and familiarisation materials is also vital, as the questions on the 11 plus are likely to be different to the kinds your child has encountered in school. You can find some 11 plus materials for free online, but not all of them will be designed to match the Kent Test.
Mock tests are an important tool to help your child improve their exam technique and time management, so they will perform confidently on exam day.
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.
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