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Holcombe Grammar School

Holcombe Grammar School

Established in 1913, Holcombe Grammar School, located in Chatham, Kent, was formerly known as Chatham Grammar School for Boys. Currently, the school serves over 1,000 pupils, organized into five houses that compete throughout the academic year.

Holcombe Grammar School is distinguished by its comprehensive curriculum, designed to enhance students' qualifications in technology, mathematics, science, humanities, and other relevant disciplines. The school also incorporates astronomy lessons, primarily focused on refining students' logical deduction skills through the analysis of observational data.

As an accredited Thinking School, a recognition bestowed by Exeter University, Holcombe Grammar is dedicated to shaping students into lifelong learners. The school actively nurtures their curiosity and fosters a can-do attitude, teaching them reflective thinking and instilling a deep comprehension of complex situations and concepts.

County / Area:
Boys Grammar

Holcombe Grammar School does not have a formally designated catchment area. Nevertheless, to accommodate higher demand, the school prioritizes children who reside in closer proximity.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
4+ applicants for every place
Holcombe Grammar School, Letchworth Avenue, Chatham ME4 6JB, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
GL Assessments
Paper 1 : English writing task
Paper 2: Mathematics and NVR (with elements of Spatial Reasoning)
Paper 3: Verbal Skills

The Medway Test comprises the following assessments:

· Paper 1: English Writing Task

This section, focused on creative writing, evaluates various skills, including spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Marks are awarded for the effective use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organization, cohesion, and sentence structure.

· Paper 2: Mathematics & NVR (with elements of Spatial Reasoning)

Mathematics questions gauge students' mathematical proficiency, problem-solving capabilities, and logical reasoning. Additionally, the paper includes multiple timed subsections assessing Non-Verbal Reasoning (NVR) and Spatial Reasoning. NVR questions test students' aptitude for solving problems through visual and abstract reasoning, while Spatial Reasoning evaluates spatial awareness, mental rotation, visualization, and problem-solving skills.

· Paper 3: Verbal Skills

The Verbal Reasoning sections assess a child's ability to recognize rules and relationships between words and letters, along with critical thinking and information analysis skills. This section also includes comprehension and vocabulary questions.

All papers are created by GL Assessment and are designed to evaluate and select the top 23% of the cohort each year.

Exam Date:
Registration Starts:
Registration Closes:
September 2024
1st June
30th June

You will receive the results either through email, an online link, or a first-class post-delivered letter.

How to prepare:

We run specialist 11+ online courses focussing on the GL Assessment (Paper 1: English Writing Task, Paper 2: Mathematics and NVR and Paper 3: Verbal Skills). 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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