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

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

Dover Grammar School for Girls is a selective grammar school, based in Dover. Rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the school consistently achieves high academic results and is particularly strong in humanities subjects.

Parents praise the quality of the school’s teachers and the relationships built with pupils, and there is also a strong emphasis on pastoral care, including provision of a school counsellor, wellbeing coach, and peer mentoring system to support pupils.

11 plus information for Dover Grammar School for Girls

  • Address: Dover Grammar School for Girls, Frith Road, Dover CT16 2PZ

  • County: Kent

  • Admissions info: [email protected], 01304 206 625

  • School type: girls’ grammar (mixed sixth form)

  • Number of pupils: 880 (approx.)

  • Number of places in Year 7: 120 (approximately)

  • Open day date: June

  • 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 Girls term dates

The school term dates for 2022-2023 are:

  • Autumn term: 2nd September – 16th December

  • Half term: 24th October – 28th November

  • Spring term: 3rd January – 31st March

  • Half term: 13th – 17th February

  • Summer term: 17th April – 19th July

  • Half term: 29th May – 2nd June

How and when to apply for Dover Grammar School for Girls

Dover Grammar School for Girls complies with Kent’s Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. That means aspiring pupils need 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, and to apply to Dover Grammar School for Girls, you just need to include the name of the school on the application form. You can find more details about the test and the 11 plus admissions process at kent.gov.uk.

Dover Grammar School for Girls also uses a separate admissions test, known as the Dover Test, which applicants can sit in addition to, or instead of, the Kent Test. Registration for the Dover Test also takes place in June of the year before starting school, and the test is taken the week after the Kent Test. You can find more information on the Dover Test on the school’s webpage for admissions.

Dover Grammar School for Girls 11 plus admissions process

11 plus admissions to Dover Grammar School for Girls 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.

If there are more applicants than places, the school follows Kent County Council’s oversubscription criteria to prioritise:

  • Children who are or have been in Local Authority care

  • Children with a sibling currently at the school

  • Children with health and/or special access reasons

  • Children receiving ‘Pupil Premium’

Dover Grammar School for Girls also operates a catchment area, giving priority to applicants living nearest (in a straight line) to the school.

The Kent Test and Dover Test 11 plus content

Applicants to Dover Grammar School for Girls 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 is only used by headteachers to decide ‘borderline’ assessment cases.

The Dover Test is uses the same type of questions and exercises as the Kent Test, but its overall format is a little different:

  • 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 Girls 11 plus exam

To help your daughter prepare for the Kent Test and Dover Test, encourage them to start revising early. It’s really useful to make a detailed revision plan, including individual sessions on the different parts of the test to help them your daughter focus. You can also include more fun exercises, like word and number based reasoning games and reading time, to help them improve their skills.

As you get close to the test day (or days), it’s also good to introduce timed exercises and practice exams to boost your child’s time management skills.

The style of questions on the 11 plus is often different to normal schoolwork, so make sure you use sample questions and familiarisation materials so they’re comfortable with the style of the test. Some 11 plus materials are available for free online, although not all of them 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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