Kent Test Update from Kent County Council
The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills today approved plans to delay the Kent Test by around one month as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on schools and pupils. The test will now take place on 15 October for pupils who attend a Kent school and 17 October for all other students. Kent parents will also be offered two additional preferences on their child’s Secondary school application this year, an increase from four to six, to account for the later release of Kent Test results.
While it is expected that the Department of Education will advise that delaying testing is the preferred option, to date no formal guidance has been published. While awaiting clarity from Government is desirable, parents and children require assurances as to what process they can expect, and schools and officers require sufficient time to implement any revised arrangements and ensure school offers can be made by Secondary National Offer Day (1 March 2021).
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A proposal has been submitted to Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills to delay this year’s Kent Test by approximately a month.
We appreciate that the closure of schools to the majority of pupils during the Covid-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety for families about their children’s education, and for those whose children will participate in the Kent Test, the current unknowns about a return to school in September are adding to the pressures.
We were therefore keen to provide clarity and information to schools, parents/carers and pupils as soon as we were able to.
We also recognise that being away from school for an extended period will have had an impact on all children’s learning, although some more than others.
The proposal, submitted to Richard Long by the Children, Young People and Education directorate, would allow pupils longer to settle back into the classroom.
The proposal also seeks to increase the number of schools parents/carers can name on the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) from four to six for one year only.
As soon as it was announced that schools would close to most pupils from Friday, March 20, contingency planning began, looking at what adjustments might be needed to the Kent Test process in different situations as the pandemic unfolded.
KCC staff have been engaging with schools, central government and other selective Local Authorities to explore ways of delivering an 11+ assessment process for the pupils due to start secondary school in 2021.
We contacted all 431 primary and junior schools in Kent and of the 325 which responded, 91% supported the proposal to delay the Kent Test.
Familiarisation material for the Kent Test can also be found here.
Kent, Bexley and Medway Tests
Children who were born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 can sit the Kent and Bexley selection tests when they are in Year 6 of primary school. The test covers entry to the grammar schools in Kent and Bexley and is open to all children regardless of where they live.
Registrations for the Kent Test will open on 1 June 2020 and close at midnight on 1 July 2020 for children due to start secondary school in September 2021. Parents will be informed closer to the time if any adjustments need to be made to the Kent Test as a result of the recent school closures for the majority of children.
Information regarding the Bexley Test can be viewed here. All children must be registered online between 1 May and 3 July 2020. The test sessions will be in the morning or afternoon on Tuesday 15th or Wednesday 16th September 2020.
Registration for the Medway Test is open from: 1st June to 29th June. You can find more details in their letter to year 5 parents which is available on their website https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200137/schools_and_learning/1049/medway_test_11/3 The test will be held in a Medway Test Centre on either Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 or Sunday 18 October 2020 if they go to schools outside of Medway.
Applying for Secondary
If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2021 you will be able to apply on-line at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. If you have already used the system to register your child for the Kent Test, you will be able to log on and simply add your preferences to the information you have already given. Applications will be open in September and the national closing date for applications is 31st October 2020.
You can apply for up to 4 schools, putting them in order of preference. It's in your best interests to list 4 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.
It is important to check whether any of your chosen secondary schools require a Supplementary Form to be completed. This must be returned directly to the school being applied for.
If you would like help or advice, or require access to a computer, please contact the school office on 01322 220090 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information can be found on the Kent County Council's website which can be accessed here.
If you are unhappy with the school place you've been offered, you can appeal for any of the schools you named in your application.
We recommend you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your appeal and will guarantee your child has a school place if your appeal is unsuccessful. If your appeal is successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.
Please regularly visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/kent-test#tab-1 for the most regular updates from Kent County Council regarding the arrangements for the 11+ for entry to schools for 2021.