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Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School

Situated in Rochester, Kent, Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School (The Math) is a grammar school exclusively for boys, catering to approximately 1,450 students aged 11-18. It holds the distinction of being one of the first 100 schools in the UK designated as a National Teaching School.

The Math offers a rigorous academic curriculum and embraces a progressive approach to both teaching and learning. This philosophy is evident in the modern facilities and dynamic lessons delivered by experienced faculty, enhancing boys' skills across various disciplines such as science, technology, humanities, and languages.

Complementing the academic focus, the school's extracurricular activities contribute to a well-rounded learning experience, catering to students' non-academic interests as part of an ambitious activities program. Highlights include Model United Nations, politics, tennis, choir, French Club, drama, and Mandarin Club, fostering a spirit of curiosity that allows boys to discover and develop their hidden talents.

County / Area:
Boys Grammar

The school lacks a designated catchment area.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
4+ applicants for every place
Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Maidstone Road, Rochester ME1 3EL, 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 2024
30th June 2024

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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