About the Medway Test

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

We assure you that children will be given the opportunity to get a place at one of Medway's grammar schools.

We are unable to tell you exactly how and when the Medway Test will take place with the current coronavirus (COVID-19) measures in place.

We will have a clearer picture when we know when restrictions will ease and schools will reopen.

Any changes to when the Medway Test (11+) will take place will depend on the national legislation and guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) such as the School Admissions Code.

Schools are working hard to ensure that pupils still get education and support.

Registration for the Medway Test is still on the planned date of 1 June to 29 June. Children who are registered for the test by the deadline will be given papers to help familiarise them with the format and layout of the test.

The method to decide which pupils will be considered for places at Medway grammar schools is calculated after the test. Consideration is given to the overall Medway Test performance of children who take part, which will be reflected in the cut-off score required to be ‘assessed as grammar’. The cut-off score is calculated after the test has been sat and will assess 23% of the Medway cohort as grammar.

We are working to find a solution that is best for the children taking the Medway Test. We will update you when more information becomes available.

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About the Medway Test

If you would like your child to be considered for a Medway grammar school they will need to sit the Medway Test (Medway's 11+).

A child can take the Medway Test whether they live in Medway or not.

If you live in Medway but are considering grammar schools in another area you’ll need to contact them and take their own version of the 11+ instead.

Registration and placement

Once your child is registered, they will sit the Medway Test and get their results before the closing date for secondary school applications.

You must register your child for the Medway Test on time if you would like them to be considered for a grammar school in Medway. Your child cannot register or sit the Medway Test at a later date.

Passing the Medway Test does not guarantee a place in a Medway grammar school. You can read the schools' oversubscription criteria for more information.

Medway Test papers

The Medway Test is made up of three papers:

  • extended writing
  • mathematics
  • verbal reasoning

These tests are written specifically for Medway Council.

The tests are designed to assess and select 23% of the children in the year group to go to a grammar school.

Up to another 2% can be selected through the review process.

Any child that is found to be cheating or not following instructions during the test may be removed and their scores for the individual paper will not be counted. They will not be able to resit the paper at a later date and will be withdrawn from all testing.

You cannot view test papers, we will not give you the original, or a copy of your child's test papers.

Examination scripts are exempt from Section 7 (right of access to personal data) as stated in Schedule 11 of the Data Protection Act 2018.