Dear Parents and Carers of children in Year 5
You will no doubt be starting to think about transition to secondary school and as such Cliftonville Primary School would like to support you as much as possible through this process.
You must apply for a secondary school place for your child to start year 7 at secondary school. You will need to do this by the end of October when your child is in Year 6. When thinking about which schools, it is important to find out more about the schools you are interested in before you apply. You can apply for up to 4 schools which must be placed in order of preference. More information about this process will be given towards the end of July.
If you are thinking about applying for a grammar school, your child can only be offered a place if they have been assessed as working at a suitable level. As you are probably aware, assessment takes place via the Kent Test ( previously known as the 11+). All children who want to go to a Grammar School must sit the Kent Test. You will find more information at the following website:
To help you make this decision about whether or not to apply for a Grammar School, please speak to your child’s class teacher, Year group leader or member of SLT. Whatever your child’s ability, a Grammar School may or may not be the right school for them. For this reason, it is important to consider all schools within your catchment area.
Should you wish to apply to complete the Kent Test, registration for testing opens on Wednesday 1st June and closes on Friday 1st July. This is done online via www.kent.gov.uk/ola
The date of the Kent Test is Thursday 8th September (this is the same date across all Kent schools) with the results being sent out on the 13th October. You then have until the 31st October to make your four secondary school choices.
If you have any questions regarding the Kent Test, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to help you.
Deputy Head Teacher