Choosing a Secondary School – October 2019
Results of the Kent Test are given to parents by KCC from 11 October 2018. October is big decision time, and we are frequently swamped with requests for advice and information. Whilst we are happy to speak with parents, they should, in the first instance read guidance in the various documents below. Staff are on hand for information and advice at Open Events and there is plenty of information available at the Heads’ talk and in department presentations at Open Evening. You are welcome to attend any of these events and we will even provide a sixth form student to give you a tour of the school on Open Mornings. Below is a document offering advice for parents which may help. It also provides information on how to speak with us.
Most of our students join us in Year 7 at the start of the academic year following transfer from their Primary School. Students moving into the area may wish to apply for places at the school in-year. There is opportunity also for students to join the school at the beginning of 6th Form following their GCSEs.
For entry to Year 7 in September 2019
Our Open Mornings are on 15th, 16th and 17th October from 9.00 to 11.30 am and our Open Evening is on 17th October from 7.00 to 9.00 pm.
Students transferring from primary school will have been deemed of ‘grammar ability’ following their Kent Tests. For most, gaining a place at GGS is as simple as placing us as first choice school on the application form. For those living further afield, the procedure can be a little less straightforward as we are a popular school which is frequently oversubscribed. In whichever category you find yourself, a place can only be gained if Gravesend Grammar School is one of the preferences on your form. Whether your son is offered a place is dependent on your position alongside all other applicants on a ranked list, the order of which is determined by our Over-Subscription Criteria. These can be found in the first of the documents below.
Parents applying for a place in Year 7 for 2019 whose child is eligible for Pupil Premium will need to complete the PP form below and submit it to the school between Thursday 11 October and Wednesday 31 October 2018.
In-year admissions, sometimes called casual admissions, are those applications made after the normal entry procedure for transfer from primary school through to the end of secondary education. Applications should be made to the Admissions Manager at the school address using the In-Year Common Application Form found at the end of this section. Students looking to secure places must be successful in the School’s Entrance Examinations.
Gravesend Grammar School would normally only consider applications made from applicants:
It is not our policy to allow students to transfer from local secondary schools after the beginning of Year 9 when GCSE courses commence. Further information about In-Year Admissions can be found in the document below.
The Sixth form is the bridge to your future and the gateway to the rest of your life. We are proud to have a thriving and lively Sixth Form at GGS offering a wide range of subjects and enrichment opportunities. We are delighted with the exam success our students achieve and the fine, young men and women who leave us at the end of Year 13, ready and prepared to face the challenges of life beyond school.
Being in the Sixth Form at GGS is challenging but it should also be seen as an opportunity. In an increasingly competitive world, our students leave this school with the ability to stand out from the crowd.
GGS students apply for 6th Form places under the direction of their Year 11 form tutor after guidance about their subject choices.
Applications from students from other schools can be made via www.kentchoices.com. Students from Kent schools will have received their registration details from KCC.
Students currently attending an independent school or a school outside Kent or this country, will need to self-register on UCAS Progress to make an application (https://www.ucasprogress.com/account/pickaschool) External applications can be made following the 6th form information evening held in January.
If you would like to see the School ‘in action’ and meet staff and students currently at the School, there are times scheduled for you to do this during the year prior to your date of intended entry.
Years 7 – 11: Mr I Cook, Admissions Manager – email@example.com
6th Form: Mrs J Carmody, 6th Form Administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org