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

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

Dane Court Grammar School is a mixed academy school founded in 1957 in Broadstairs. The school has been rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and recently completed a £20 million rebuilding programme to ensure its facilities are state of the art.

Dane Court’s pupils achieve over 50% grades 9-7 at GCSE, and sixth form students are offered the International Baccalaureate and IB Careers Related Programme, with many achieving the equivalent of three A* A-Level grades.

11 plus information for Dane Court Grammar School

  • Address: Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs Road, Broadstairs, CT10 2RT

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01843 864941

  • School type: co-educational grammar

  • Number of pupils: 1,200 (approximately)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 165

  • 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)

Dane Court Grammar School term dates

Term dates for 2022-2023 have not yet been announced. To give an idea of what next year’s term dates may be, the term dates for 2021-2022 are:

  • Autumn term: 1st 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

How and when to apply for Dane Court Grammar School

Dane 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 generally open from 1st June to 1st July, and you can find more details about the process at kent.gov.uk. To apply to Dane Court Grammar School, you just need to include its name on the application form.

Dane Court Grammar School 11 plus admissions process

Dane Court Grammar School’s 11 plus admissions process is selective, and aspiring pupils need to pass the Kent 11 plus exam, known as the Kent Test.

As it is oversubscribed in most years, the school applies oversubscription criteria to prioritise:

  • Children who are or have been in Local Authority care

  • Children with medical, health, or special access reasons to attend the school

  • Children receiving ‘Pupil Premium’

  • Children with a sibling currently attending the school

Dane Court Grammar School also applies a catchment area, giving priority to prospective pupils living close to the school.

The Kent Test 11 plus format and content

Dane Court Grammar School applicants 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 will only be used by headteachers to judge ‘borderline’ applications.

Kent County Council provides a ‘familiarisation paper’ and other materials to help your child practise on its webpage for the Kent Test.

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

It’s a good idea to start preparing for the 11 plus early. Agree a detailed revision plan with your child that covers all the components of the test in smaller sections, to help them practise each one carefully and identify areas they find more difficult.

To keep revision fun, you can add in games based on logical and spatial reasoning, such as word and number puzzles, and encourage them to read for pleasure to improve their vocabulary and concentration. As exam day approaches, doing timed exercises and mock tests will also help boost your child’s time management skills.

The questions on the 11 plus are different to ones your child has encountered at school, so introducing them to sample questions and familiarisation materials is really helpful. Some 11 plus materials are available for free online, but make sure the exercises and tests use the same format as the Kent Test.

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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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