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Dover Grammar School for Boys 11 plus: a parents' guide for 2022

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Dover Grammar School for Boys 11 plus: A Parents' Guide for 2022

Dover Grammar School for Boys is a selective grammar based in Dover. Previously known for its striking school building, the school is undergoing a complete renovation and plans to move into brand new and fully modern facilities in 2022.

The school has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, and places a particular emphasis on pastoral care. Pupils are assigned a tutor to monitor their progress, and given access to a specialist non teaching pastoral team to support them. The school also provides regular feedback to parents to keep them informed.

11 plus information for Dover Grammar School for Boys

  • Address: Dover Grammar School for Boys, Astor Avenue, Dover CT17 0DQ

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01304 206117

  • School type: boys’ grammar

  • Number of pupils: 800 (approx.)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 150

  • 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) and/or Dover Test (GL)

Dover Grammar School for Boys term dates

The school term dates for 2022-2023 have not yet been confirmed. The term dates for 2021-2022 are:

  • Autumn term: 3rd September – 17th December

  • Half term: 23rd – 29th October

  • Spring term: 5th January – 1st April

  • Half term: 14th – 18th February

  • Summer term: 19th April – 21st July

  • Half term: 29th May – 3rd June

How and when to apply for Dover Grammar School for Boys

Dover Grammar School for Boys complies with Kent’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. Your child will need to be registered for the Kent Test, and you’ll also have to 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 test and the 11 plus admissions process at kent.gov.uk. To apply to Dover Grammar School for Boys, you just need to include the name of the school on the application form.

The school also runs a separate admissions test, known as the Dover Test. You can also register your child for the Dover Test in June of the year before you want your child to start school, and the test is taken the week after the Kent Test. Your child does not have to sit both the Kent Test and the Dover Test, but they are free to do both. You can find more information on the Dover Test on the school’s website.

Dover Grammar School for Boys 11 plus admissions process

11 plus admissions to Dover Grammar School for Boys are selective, and aspiring pupils have to sit the Kent 11 plus exam, known as the Kent Test, and/or the school’s own Dover 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

  • Internationally adopted children

  • Children previously in state care outside of England

  • Children with a sibling currently at the school

  • Children with health and/or special access reasons

  • Children receiving ‘Pupil Premium’

Dover Grammar School for Boys also has a catchment area, and gives priority to prospective pupils living closest to the school.

The Kent Test and Dover Test 11 plus content

Applicants to Dover Grammar School for Boys may take either the Kent Test or the Dover Test, or both.

The Kent Test is used by most selective schools in the county, and 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.

The Dover Test is similar to the Kent Test and uses the same style of questions and exercises. However, its format is slightly different, and it consists of:

  • Section 1: English – a single writing exercise

  • Section 2: Maths and reasoning – a computer-based, multiple choice test covering maths, verbal reasoning, and non-verbal reasoning

Atom Nucleus contains tailored preparation materials for both the Kent Test and the Dover Test, so your child will know what to expect, whether they take one of the exams or both.

How to prepare your child for the Dover Grammar School for Boys 11 plus exam

To give your son the best chance on the Kent Test and Dover Test, they should start revising early and regularly, so help them to put together a revision plan. It’s often useful to break the tests down into small areas to help your son focus and identify weaker areas. Alongside revision, making time for logical and spatial reasoning games like Sudoku or Wordle, as well as regular reading, is a great way to improve their skills while having fun.

Nearer to the day of the test (or tests), it’s also good to introduce timed exercises and practice exams to help them practise time management.

The style of questions on the 11 plus can be different to ones your child has encountered before, so make sure you introduce them to sample questions and familiarisation materials. You can do this as part of their ongoing revision so they’re comfortable with the style of the questions, before trying any mock exams. Some 11 plus materials are available for free online, but be careful to choose the right ones – not all of them will follow the specific format of the Kent Test and Dover 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 and Dover 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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