“Highsted is really good fun! You do exciting experiments in Chemistry that you wouldn’t do in primary school.”
Olivia, Year 7
For Pupils Aged 11+
Pupils admitted at the start of Year 7, will be those who have been judged suitable for grammar school education under the Kent selection procedure or, from September 2017, the Highsted optional test (see below for further information.) The school accepts up to 120 pupils arranged in four or five teaching groups, plus additional pupils directed to the school by the independent appeals panels.
If the number of preferences for the school is more than the number of places available, places for pupils of selective ability will be allocated in the following priority order.
- Children in Local Authority Care
- Current Family Association – A brother or sister in the same school at the time of entry. In this context brother or sister means: a natural brother or sister including adopted siblings, stepbrother or sister, foster brother or sister, those who live as brother or sister in the same house
- Health and Special Access Reasons – Children who for reasons of health or physical impairment require them to attend a particular school. The child’s health reasons must be strong and the evidence must demonstrate a special connection between the child’s needs and the particular school. The evidence must be supported in writing by a medical practitioner. The child’s physical impairment must be such that it requires her/him to attend the particular school because its buildings do not inhibit the child’s mobility. Parental health or physical impairment is not a criterion
- Nearness of children’s homes and ease of access to schools, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Priority may be given to children living further away if the school is the nearest, over children who live nearer but have access to other schools
The school provides a comprehensive induction programme, covering various activities with their house tutors and prefects under the guidance of the Key Stage Three Pastoral Manager, in order to facilitate the settling-in process.
Highsted: the new way...
…to secure a place in Year 7. From September 2016, pupils seeking a place at Highsted Grammar School will be able to take an additional, optional test at the school in September. A selective assessment through the Highsted test will have equal status for a place in Year 7 as a pass in the Kent test. The assessment will comprise of:
- a computer-based test to assess verbal ability, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning;
- an English paper to assess reading and writing skills.
In other words, from September 2017, girls will be able to enter Year 7 of Highsted Grammar School, with a selective assessment based on the Highsted test; or the Kent PESE test; or both. The application period for this new Admission route has now closed for September 2017 entry. For additional information about how the scheme will work and to access familiarisation materials, please download our latest support documentation by following this link.
Independent Appeals Process 2017
Daughter in Year 6 and queries about the Independent Appeals process? Marylyn Atkins, the Independent Appeals Administrator for the school, is prepared to give impartial advice by telephone. If you would value such a discussion please contact Linda Sayers at Highsted Grammar School on 01795 424223 and your details will be passed on.
Pupils seeking a transfer who are judged suitable for a grammar school place through the school's in-year selection tests have a right of entry, providing places exist in the relevant year group.
Please complete both pages of the attached Casual Admissions Form and return it to Admissions, Highsted Grammar School, Highsted Road, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4PT. Testing for in-year admissions is available at the school three times a year and will occur as soon as possible after receiving the completed application form.
All applicants who are refused a place, whatever the reason, have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Information about this process will be issued in all cases where an application is declined.
Suitability for a grammar school place is decided by:
- results of nationally recognised tests, or cognitive testing through verbal and non-verbal reasoning, together with written tests in at least one subject from English, mathematics and science;
- where relevant, the applicant's level of attainment, as demonstrated by work done at their previous school.