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Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022

Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School is a co-educational grammar school in Ramsgate, Kent, formed in 2011 by the merger of two schools – Chatham House and Clarendon House. The school admits boys only up to GCSE level, and has a mixed sixth form.

Chatham and Clarendon preserves a ‘small school’ ethos by teaching and locating Years 7-9, 10-11, and 12-13, separately. It also boasts excellent specialist facilities, including 14 science laboratories, five technology workshops, six ICT suites, two libraries, and plans to build an entirely new STEM block. The school is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.

11 plus information for Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School

  • Address: Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, Chatham Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 7PS

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01843 591075

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,500 (approximately)

  • Number of Places in Year 7: 180 (approximately)

  • Open day date: not yet set for 2022 – contact the school for more information

  • 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)

Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School term dates

The 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 Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School

Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School complies with Kent’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. Your child will need to be registered 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 normally open from 1st June to 1st July. You can find more details at kent.gov.uk. To apply to Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School, you must include the name of the school on the application form.

The Chatham and Clarendon 11 plus admissions process

Admissions to Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School are selective via the 11 plus. Aspiring pupils take the Kent 11 plus exam, known as the Kent Test, to be eligible.

If there are more applicants than places available, and the school will use its oversubscription criteria to prioritise:

  • Children who are or have been in Local Authority care

  • Children with health and special access reasons

  • Children receiving ‘Pupil Premium’

  • Children with a sibling currently attending the school

Chatham and Clarendon School also has a catchment area, and prioritises applicants living in Thanet, Broomfield, Chestfield, Herne, Herne Bay, Reculver, Swalecliffe, and Whitstable. You can find a map of the full catchment area on the school’s admissions webpage.

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

Applicants to Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School take the Kent Test, an 11 plus test used by most selective schools in the county that covers English, maths, and reasoning.

The Kent Test contains three sections:

  • 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, while section 3 is a creative writing exercise, but it’s not marked as part of the Kent Test and only used by headteachers for ‘borderline’ assessment cases.

Kent County Council’s webpage for the Kent Test includes a ‘familiarisation paper’ and other practice materials to help your child prepare.

How to prepare your child for the Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School 11 plus exam

To get ready for the 11 plus, help your child to start preparing early by making a detailed revision plan. You can break the test down into smaller areas to help them focus and identify their weak spots, and also build in fun learning methods like logical and spatial reasoning games. Regular reading time is also helpful for building concentration and vocabulary.

Make sure you introduce your child to sample questions and familiarisation materials, as the style of questions on the 11 plus can be different to ones they’ve seen before. Some 11 plus materials are available for free online, though only some of these will include the kind of questions featured on the Kent Test. Mock tests will also help your child with time management and ensure they know what to expect on exam day.

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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