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The Skinners' School

The Skinners' School

Established in 1887, The Skinners’ School stands as a boys-only selective grammar school situated in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. With specialized status in both science and mathematics, the school prides itself on impressive examination outcomes and a notable acceptance rate for Oxbridge.

With a student body exceeding 1,200, Skinners’ offers a rigorous curriculum focused on cultivating profound academic knowledge. Traditional subjects like mathematics, history, art, and chemistry are complemented by contemporary courses such as Multiculturalism in the UK and Climate Change.

The school places a strong emphasis on students' personal development, providing a diverse range of clubs and extracurricular activities. Popular options include rugby, football, drama & theatre, debating, and CCF. Additionally, The Skinners’ School organizes numerous adventurous trips throughout the year.

Fostering a sense of community, the school values the importance of strong friendships as the cornerstone of a happy and successful life. It takes pride in being an educational institution where students not only acquire academic qualifications but also develop self-discipline, self-respect, and self-understanding.

The Skinners’ School consistently achieves excellent exam results. Recent GCSE results revealed that 83.2% of students attained grades 7-9, while A-level outcomes indicated that 84.3% scored A* to B grades. Many graduates further their education at prestigious universities. Notably, the Ofsted report rated the school as “Good.”

County / Area:
Boys Grammar

The catchment area comprises both an Inner and Outer area of priority. The Inner Area of priority includes the region within three miles of the school, measured by straight-line distance, and encompasses the following parishes:

- Badgers Mount

- Bidborough

- Brasted

- Brenchley

- Capel

- Chevening

- Chiddingstone

- Cowden

- Dunton Green

- Edenbridge

- Goudhurst

- Hadlow

- Halstead

- Hever

- Hildenborough

- Horsmonden

- Ightham

- Kemsing

- Knockholt

- Lamberhurst

- Leigh

- Otford

- Paddock Wood

- Pembury

- Penshurst

- Plaxtol

- Riverhead

- Rusthall

- Seal

- Sevenoaks

- Sevenoaks Weald

- Shipbourne

- Shoreham

- Southborough

- Speldhurst

- Sundridge with Ide Hill

- Tonbridge

- Tunbridge Wells

- Westerham.

Number of places in Year 7:
Total number of students:
5 applicants for every place
The Skinners’ School, Saint John's Road, Tunbridge Wells, 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

Kent 11+ Exam Format:

The Skinners' 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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