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Highsted Grammar School

Highsted Grammar School

Founded in 1904, Highsted Grammar School admits girls aged 11-18. Previously known as Sittingbourne High School for Girls until the 1950s, over 800 pupils currently attend this state-funded, selective grammar school in Kent. In 2011, the school was converted into an academy and has gained recognition as a Specialist Science School

Beyond the traditional memorization of information, Highsted Grammar School distinguishes itself by encouraging students to delve deep into their syllabus. The curriculum, designed to provide a comprehensive and challenging insight, is complemented by a rich array of resources available in the school's library.

At Highsted, the learning experience extends beyond the confines of the classroom. The school's mission is to empower pupils to not only excel academically but also to discover and develop their non-academic passions. To achieve this goal, Highsted Grammar offers a diverse range of extracurricular activities that enhance the overall learning journey.

County / Area:
Girls Grammar

Highsted Grammar School doesn't have a designated catchment zone, students living closer to the school are generally given higher priority during admissions.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
2-3 applicants for every place
Highsted Grammar School, Highsted Road, Sittingbourne ME10 4PT, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
Kent 11 Plus:
Paper 1 : Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Paper 2: English and Maths
Paper 3: Creative Writing

Highsted Grammar School  employs the Kent 11 Plus exam structure, encompassing assessments in Reasoning, English, and Maths.

This test is utilized to evaluate the suitability of prospective students for admission to the school and is adopted by the majority, though not all, of the 35 wholly selective and 4 partially selective grammar schools in the region.

The exam format is as follows:

Section 1: A one-hour examination gauging students' reasoning abilities. Comprising shorter segments, the test assesses Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning, and Non-Verbal Reasoning.

Section 2: A one-hour examination evaluating proficiency in English and Maths.

Section 3: A 40-minute writing task, including 10 minutes of preparation time. Although the writing task is not scored for the 11 Plus exam, it may serve as supporting evidence in borderline cases.

Exam Registration Starting date: June 2024

Exam Registration Closing date: July 2024

Exam Date:
Registration Starts:
Registration Closes:
September 2024
June 2024
July 2024

Parents who have registered will receive their Kent Test results via email after 4 pm, providing a breakdown of their child's scores. Additionally, results will be accessible online from 5 pm, allowing parents to log in and review the outcomes.

How to prepare:

We run specialist 11+ online courses focussing on the Kent 11 Plus (PESE) Test (Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English, Maths and Creative Writing) . The sessions are online and highly interactive. Speak to us about how we can help your child.

Mock Exams: Our mock exams are designed to reflect the real exam in complexity and format. Click here to view the mock exam schedule.

Practice Papers: Practice packs designed to help your child master the entire syllabus.

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