Medway Council has announced plans to delay the Medway Test due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s test has been pushed back until October to ensure children have the opportunity to settle back into school before the test takes place. The council will continue to follow government advice and will put social distancing measures in place, as appropriate.
The Medway Test will now be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, 13 and 14 October for Medway pupils whose schools have opted for two-day testing and on Saturday, 10 October for pupils whose schools have chosen one-day testing.
Two weekends of testing will be held for out of area pupils on Saturday and Sunday, 10 and 11 October and Saturday and Sunday, 17 and 18 October to ensure children are able to socially distance themselves from each other and from invigilation staff.
The council has sent a letter to the parents of all Year 5 pupils in Medway, through primary schools, to make them aware of the changes to this year’s test.
Registration is open for the Medway Test until Monday, 29 June. Those who register by the deadline will receive a familiarisation pack which will give examples of the format and layout of the test.
Children and their families will now find out if they have been assessed as grammar on Monday, 2 November and the deadline for Medway residents to submit their secondary school applications has been moved to Monday, 30 November.
Families will still find out which school their child has been allocated a place at on National Offer Day Monday, 1 March 2021.
Committed to helping all of Medway's children achieve their full potential
Cllr Martin Potter, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, said: “We hope that this will help reassure parents and carers who were worried that their children would not have enough time to settle back into school before sitting the test. I would also like to assure them that the minimum score required for pupils to be assessed as suitable for admission to a Medway grammar school is adjusted each year according to the overall performance of all the Medway students who take the test. We have also extended the deadline for secondary school applications to ensure children and their families receive the results of the test to ensure they can make informed choices about which schools they select on their application. We are committed to helping all of Medway’s children achieve their full potential.”
The health, safety and wellbeing of Medway's children is our highest priority
Cllr Josie Iles, Medway Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “The health, safety and wellbeing of all of Medway’s children are our highest priority and I am pleased that we have been able to postpone the Medway Test. We will continue to follow government guidance and, as appropriate, social distancing measures will be in place during the tests to ensure children, and staff, are kept safe. Medway has a fantastic range of both primary and secondary schools and we will continue to work with them, and offer our support, during these challenging times. We will continue to work hard to ensure that every child in Medway has the opportunity to thrive, remain healthy and learn well.”