Published: Tuesday, 9th October 2018

This year’s Medway Test has seen more children than ever assessed as eligible for a grammar school place – more than 1,600, almost 200 more than in 2017.

This year 3,265 children took the Medway Test. Of those who took the test 1,873 were Medway residents and 1,392 were from out of area.

In total 1,687 children were assessed as eligible for a grammar school place, 773 of these are Medway residents.

The minimum score required to be assessed as suitable for admission to a Medway grammar school was 492, last year it was 495.

The number of Medway children who achieved the minimum score or above this year is 773 which represents 23 per cent of the total Medway cohort for this year group, which is 3,361.

Up to an additional two per cent of the Medway cohort for this year group (approximately 67 pupils) may also be deemed eligible for Medway grammar schools following the parental review process. This involves the child’s academic schoolwork being reviewed by a panel of educationalists and will take place on 18 and 19 October 2018 for parents who request it.

Wishing every child the best as they continue their education

Cllr Martin Potter, Portfolio Holder covering Education, Attainment and Improvement at Medway Council, said: “I would like to congratulate all the children who took the Medway Test this year and thank all the staff who oversaw the record numbers taking the test. Moving up from primary school to secondary school is a big step and I would like to wish every child the very best as they continue their education.”

Helping young people achieve their full potential

Cllr Andrew Mackness, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “Well done to everyone who sat the Medway Test. It is pleasing to see that more children than ever took the Medway Test highlighting the popularity of our excellent grammar schools. Across Medway, alongside our grammar schools, we also have a variety of excellent schools which help young people of all abilities and academic interests achieve their full potential. 

“I wish all our young people in Medway all the best in fulfilling their potential as they start their journey into the next stage of their education.” 

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