The Norton Knatchbull School

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11 Plus Entry Information for The Norton Knatchbull School

The school converted to an academy in April 2012. It is a slightly larger than the average-size secondary school. The school caters for boys in Years 7 to 11. The sixth form is co-educational; girls make up about one fifth of the sixth form roll. The school is selective on intake in Year 7. The ability of boys on entry is in the top 25% of the Kent ability range. Around one fifth of students are from minority ethnic backgrounds; the largest group is of Nepalese heritage. A below-average proportion of students are eligible for the pupil premium. The proportion of disabled students and those supported through school action is below average. The proportion of students supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is also below average.

County Kent
Address The Norton Knatchbull School, Hythe Road, Ashford TN24 0QJ
Type Boys Grammar
Pupils 1,097
Places in Year 7 150
Open Days September
The Norton Knatchbull 11+ Resources Maths resources                              English resources                              Verbal Reasoning resources            Non Verbal Reasoning resources
Competition 5 applicants for every place
Exam Format Kent 11 Plus Test 
School Website

The Norton Knatchbull School 11 Plus Exam Format

The 11 Plus Exam format for The Norton Knatchbull School is written by GL Assessment. All schools in Kent have the same exam which grants entry for all schools. The exam format is as follows.

Paper 1 50 minute Reasoning paper. The Verbal Reasoning section is 25 minutes long and includes a 5 minute practice section. The Spatial Reasoning section has two 5 minute sections. The Non-Verbal Reasoning section has three 5 minute long sections.
Paper 2 60 minute long English and Mathematics paper. Both the English and Mathematics sections are 30 minutes long and include a 5 minute practice section.

The Norton Knatchbull School 11 Plus Exam Paper

Some publishers have access to the exam format and produce their own mirror papers which aim to replicate what an 11 Plus exam for this consortium might look like.

We understand that these publishers get the information from familiarisation packs sent to parents, teachers, local tutors and pupils who have sat the test. The tests can of course change at any time and these papers only aim to give a good idea of what to expect, however, they are very useful and most parents use them at some point.

The ones we would suggest are from Learning Street. They are of high quality and cheaper than any others we have seen. Direct links to the papers are below and Learning Street produce them as mock exams which is unique ( so you can run your own mock exam at home). Links to the papers are below:

Kent 11 Plus Mock Exam 1

Kent 11 Plus Mock Exam 2

Kent 11 Plus Mock Exam 3

Kent 11 Plus Mock Exam 4

Kent 11 Plus Mock Exam Papers Bundle (packs 1-4)

How to prepare for The Norton Knatchbull School 11 Plus Exam

Essentially you have 5 options when it comes to helping your child to prepare.

1/ Some parents use a Private Tutor. If you want to start your search for a suitable one, we provide links to some Private tutors in Kent to help you. These can cost between £2500 and £6000 a year. For help thinking about which private tutor might be right for you see our guidance page.

2/ Other parents use a Tuition Centre with group tuition. If you want to start your search for a suitable one, we provide links to some Tuition centres in Kent to help you. These can cost between £1500 and £3500 for a year. For help thinking about which tuition centre might be right for you see our guidance page.

3/ If you are thinking of preparing at home using books then our 11 Plus Exam papers and books section provides lots of links and advice to help you choose which books to use and what to focus on. Preparation plans are also provided. Using this method is great for those parents prepared to take a more hands on approach. The average parent using this method spends about £300 on books and papers during the final year of preparation.

4/ A great option is a structured course. These courses gradually build up skills so you can focus on helping your child with the work provided. The best supplier is Learning Street which helps you prepare your child from home, ranging in price from £12 to £89 ( full cost – not monthly cost) it is the cheapest method of preparation. To find out their course suggestions for The Norton Knatchbull School 11 Plus preparation click the link.

5/  Online preparation. This is not something we recommend. Online solutions are growing more useful and reliable and for some aspects of preparation they can be useful but certainly not for all your preparation needs. They are also very expensive for what they provide with some coming in at £600- £1000 for a year depending on which options you select. For our rationale on why we believe online preparation is not a good solution yet click through to the page 11 Plus online preparation.

The Norton Knatchbull School 11 Plus Exam – Further Help

This website has lots of information which can help you aside from the ones we have directed you to above:

If you are thinking about doing an 11 Plus Mock Exam, then we have a page with 11 Plus Mock Exams in Kent.

We have all sorts of pages related to preparing for the exam and getting ready for the exam day itself including:

Top Ten 11 plus Preparation Tips

Last Minute Preparation Solutions

11 Plus Exam Day Tips

11 Plus Exam Forum – Kent Pages- where we have pre-answered the most common questions

And of course there is a wealth of information including preparation plans in our exam papers and books section for Kent.