The Rochester Grammar School

Admissions and 11 Plus exam information for The Rochester Grammar School. Use the site to help you find out how to be successful with an 11 Plus exam application to The Rochester Grammar School.

11 Plus Entry Information for The Rochester Grammar School

The school is slightly larger than average. Students enter the school with well above average standards. In 2004 it acquired combined specialist status in mathematics/information and communication technology (ICT) and music. The school offers places to students with musical aptitude who have passed the selection test and is the hub for many of Kent’s musical activities. It has full International Schools and Investors in Careers awards, Healthy Schools status and is an International Baccalaureate Organisation World School. The school is part of the Rochester–Walderslade Partnership, a consortium of five secondary schools and Mid Kent College that collaborate for post-16 studies. The percentage of students from minority ethnic groups is just below the national average although it is above this in Year 12. The main ethnic group is Indian. Approximately one in twenty students does not speak English as their first language. No students have a statement of special educational needs and the percentage with learning difficulties and/or disabilities is very low. The catchment area is large and students come from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.

County Kent – Medway
Address The Rochester Grammar School, Maidstone Road, Rochester ME1 3BY
Type Girls’ Grammar
Pupils 1,116
Places in Year 7 175
Open Days October
The Rochester Grammar School 11+ Resoruces Maths resources                        English resources                      Verbal Reasoning resources      Non-Verbal Reasoning        Extended Writing resources
Competition 4+ applicants for every place
Exam Format GL- Kent Medway 11 Plus Test
School Website

The Rochester Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format

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

Paper 1 50 minute long Writing paper. Includes a 10 minute long planning section.
Paper 2 55 minute long Verbal Reasoning and English Comprehension paper. The Comprehension section is 30 minutes long and includes a 5 minute practice section.  The Verbal Reasoning section is 25 minutes long, including a 5 minute practice section.
Paper 3 55 minute Mathematics and Non-Verbal Reasoning section. The Reasoning section has five, 5 minute long subtests. The Mathematics is a 30 minute long paper including a 5 minute practice section.

The Rochester Grammar 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 Medway 11 Plus Mock Exam 1

Kent Medway 11 Plus Mock Exam 2

Kent Medway 11 Plus Mock Exam 3

Kent Medway 11 Plus Mock Exam 4

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

How to prepare for The Rochester Grammar 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 Medway 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 Medway 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 Rochester Grammar 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 Rochester Grammar 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 Medway.

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 Medway 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 Medway.