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Highworth Grammar School

Highworth Grammar School

Founded in 1904, Highworth Grammar School is a selective, state-funded grammar open to girls aged 11-18, although boys are welcome in the sixth form. In 2011, the school gained academy status and has had Music Specialist Status since 2005. With approximately 1300 pupils, the school teaches a traditional curriculum with an innovative streak.

Its ethos, encapsulated in the motto "Ad caelestia sequere" (Reach for the stars), is both competitive and welcoming.

Highworth Grammar aims to instill R-E-A-C-H qualities in its students:

  • R for Reflective Thinkers: Encouraging creativity and innovation.

  • E for Enthusiastic Learners: Fostering a commitment to lifelong learning.

  • A for Aspiring Individuals: Helping students tap into their full potential.

  • C for Compassionate Beings: Cultivating self-assured and independent individuals.

  • H for Happy Students: Creating contentment within the school’s supportive community.

With approximately 1500 pupils, Highworth provides relevant education, always seeking ways to enhance its offerings. The curriculum reflects the school’s dedication to producing knowledgeable young adults and includes various disciplines to create positive learning experiences.

The extracurricular program offers diverse club activities, such as archery, hockey, Eco Club, 3D animation, STEM Club, and choir. Fostering a culture of camaraderie and collaboration, the program inspires healthy competition, leading to strong achievements and pushing girls’ potential to its maximum capacity.

County / Area:
Girls Grammar

Highworth Grammar School operates without a designated catchment area. Nonetheless, the school typically gives priority to potential students residing in closer proximity when considering admissions.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
2 applications for every place
Highworth Grammar School for Girls, Maidstone Rd, Ashford, Kent TN24 8UD, 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

Highworth 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 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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