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The Norton Knatchbull School

The Norton Knatchbull School

Founded in Ashford, Kent, The Norton Knatchbull School is a selective boys' grammar school that includes a co-educational Sixth Form. Originally known as 'Ashford Grammar School' until 1973, the institution is overseen and funded by the family of Sir Norton Knatchbull, a distinguished 17th-century English politician.

With a consistent track record of delivering impressive examination results, the school places a strong emphasis on a comprehensive and relevant curriculum. Specialized lessons covering science, DT, computing, languages, and other subjects contribute to the academic success of its students.

Beyond the traditional classroom setting, The Norton Knatchbull School extends its educational impact by offering a diverse array of extracurricular activities tailored to cater to varied interests. Students have the opportunity to engage in clubs spanning basketball, football, rugby, table tennis, debating, chess, and board games. Additionally, they can actively participate in district and national-level competitions corresponding to their chosen sports.

Guided by a profound sense of pride in its rich heritage, the institution excels in nurturing the unique qualities and innate capabilities of its students. Core values such as mutual respect, compassion, integrity, and trust serve as guiding principles, creating an environment that not only encourages creativity but also challenges students to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits.

The noteworthy achievements of The Norton Knatchbull School have gained recognition from various organizations. Many of its graduates, a testament to the school's commitment to academic excellence, secure sought-after placements at prestigious universities for further education. A recent "Good" rating from Ofsted in its latest inspection attests to the school's continued dedication to maintaining high educational standards.

County / Area:
Boys’ grammar

The Norton Knatchbull School lacks a defined catchment area, it generally gives priority to prospective students residing in closer proximity to the school.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
5 applicants for every place
The Norton Knatchbull School, Hythe Road, Ashford TN24 0QJ, UK
11+ Exam Details:
Exam Board/Format:
Paper 1 : Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Paper 2: English and Maths
Paper 3: Creative Writing

The Norton Knatchbull 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.

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