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Entrance & Scholarship Examinations for Entry in September 2017
Kent College is a non-profit making organisation and the whole of the school fees are used to balance expenditure. It is not, therefore, in a position to assist parents financially except by a small reduction of the fees as mentioned previously (see ‘Discounts’ section). For further information on assistance with fees, please click here.
There are a number of companies who provide guidance in planning for the long term financing of school fees. ISCis (Independent Schools Council Information Service) is one such company. They can be contacted on telephone 0207 798 1500 or at: ISCis, 35-37 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0BS.
Academic scholarships, worth up to 10% of day fees are available each year at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.
Two months prior to the examinations, information regarding the entrance procedure is sent to those parents whose daughters are registered. The examination papers for scholarship and non-scholarship candidates are exactly the same. At 11+ entry, a number of potential academic scholars are identified, based on those who achieve the highest marks in the entrance examinations, perform well at interview and have a good reference from their present school. These girls are recalled for further assessment and scholarships will then be offered. We do not guarantee that all recalled candidates will be offered scholarships.
The 11+ entrance/scholarship examinations consist of our own entrance tests in English and mathematics held at the 11+ Entrance Day in the Autumn term. Girls will also sit a computer based test which covers literacy, numeracy and non-verbal reasoning. The computer based test is part of a national project run by University of Durham and is used by a number of independent schools nationally. It is recommended that all girls complete the online demonstration test, which can be found at www.intuproject.org/CEMDemo/entrance. All schools remain anonymous to each other; however, if your daughter has taken/or will take the same test at another participating school then we will be given the results of all tests, including the one taken elsewhere.
Information sheets about the 11+ entrance examinations, the topics pupils are expected to have covered in mathematics and sample papers, can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Our entrance examinations do differ from the Kent 11+ examinations; ours are not multiple choice. Candidates are expected to show workings out on the mathematics papers.
The 13+ entrance/scholarship examinations consist of our own entrance tests in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning which are held on our 13+ Entrance Day. The day consists of tests in English, mathematics and verbal reasoning and a short interview with the headmistress. In addition, your daughter is required to take Modern Foreign Language and science papers which will be sent to her present school for her to sit there. Girls who are not currently attending an independent Preparatory School may sit the MFL and Science papers here on another day to be arranged.
Information sheets about the 13+ entrance examinations and the topics pupils are expected to have covered in mathematics, English and science can be accessed by clicking on the link below (PDF files):
For A-level candidates, scholarship examinations are held each November and consist of two subject papers of the candidate's choice.
Application for music scholarships is usually by recommendation of a student's current school. Music scholarships can be worth up to 10% of tuition fees and are available each year to candidates entering at 11+, 13+ and 16+. Students can apply for a combination of no more than two scholarships.
11+ candidates should have reached a practical standard equivalent to at least Grade 3 in one instrument/voice with a second instrument/voice at a lower level.
13+ candidates should have reached a practical standard equivalent to at least Grade 5 in one instrument/voice with a second instrument/voice at a lower level. 16+ candidates should have reached Grade 7 in one instrument/voice with a second instrument/voice at a lower level. At 13+ a letter of application from each candidate to the Head is also required.
Each candidate will be expected to perform a prepared piece on each study and will also take part in an interview and practical activities. Theory qualifications would be an advantage. Music scholars are expected to make a significant contribution to the musical life of the school.
Application for drama scholarships is usually by recommendation from a student's current school. Drama scholarships can be worth up to 10% of tuition fees and are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+.
Students can apply for a combination of no more than two scholarships. At 11+ and 13+. Drama candidates will be required to prepare beforehand and perform on the day a poem and an extract from a play chosen by the drama department and take part in a group session which will include text based tasks and responding to direction from a member of the drama department.
All candidates will also be interviewed by the Head of Drama. Audition pieces are available from Kent College when you apply for a scholarship.
At 13+ a letter of application from each candidate to the Head is also required.
At all levels we are looking for innovative, original performers who will make a significant contribution to the school's theatrical productions.
Application for art scholarships is usually by recommendation from a student's current school. Art scholarships can be worth up to 10% of tuition fees and are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.
Students can apply for a combination of scholarships and can apply for no more that two.
Successful applicants will demonstrate not only the skill to produce sound observational drawing, but also the ability to work with creativity and imagination. Above all, candidates should have a real commitment to the visual arts and enthusiasm for the subject that will be readily transmitted to others.
At 13+ and 16+ a letter of application from each candidate to the Head is also required.
Application for sports scholarships is usually by recommendation from a student's current school. Sport scholarships can be worth up to 10% of tuition fees and are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ entry.
Students can apply for a combination of no more than two scholarships.
Applicants will initially be assessed in two sports and will have a short interview with the Head of PE and PE staff.
11+ candidates are required to provide a portfolio of their sporting achievements to date and a letter of recommendation from their current PE teacher and coach (where applicable). We are looking for excellence in either one sport or all-round ability in two or three. These should be taken from the main sports offered at Kent College: swimming, netball, hockey, tennis, dance, gymnastics or athletics.
A letter of application from each candidate is also required.
If your daughter wishes to be considered for a different sport/physical activity then please discuss this with us before applying as we may not be able to consider an application if we are unable to offer the sport at the school. Candidates recalled for further assessment will have the opportunity to demonstrate their chosen sport.
Duration of Scholarships
11+ scholarships are usually valid for seven years. All 13+ scholarships are usually valid for five years and 16+ scholarships are usually valid for two years.
Acceptance of a scholarship is taken as confirmation of the parents' intention to educate their daughter at Kent College through to the completion of her A-level studies. Scholars in sport, art, drama and music are normally expected to take these subjects to AS level or, where they do not, to contribute significantly to the life of the school in that area e.g. through representing the school on teams. The school reserves the right to review scholarships at any time.
Results of Entrance & Scholarship Examinations
Parents are notified of the results of the entrance and scholarship exams within three weeks. All parents whose daughters are offered scholarships or places are asked to let us have, as soon as possible, an indication of their intention to accept either our offer or a grammar or other school place once the Kent 11+ school offers are announced in March. Our final deadline for acceptance of places and scholarships will be one week after this date.
The Margaret James Society
The Margaret James Society, was founded in 2010 in memory of our former Headmistress, to add breadth and depth to the academic experience of the scholars of Kent College. Every academic year there is a series of topical and academic lectures given by visiting guests or teaching staff. In the last academic year, scholars have enjoyed lectures from authors, art historians, the Science and Classics departments.
Click here for further information about the Margaret James Society and Kent College scholars.
Overseas Applications for Scholarships
We can arrange for overseas pupils to sit academic scholarship papers in their own country. However, unless applicants are able to attend the school for assessment and interview we are unable to consider overseas applicants for sport, art, music and drama scholarships. For more information on overseas applications, please see International Admissions.