Invicta Grammar School

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Description: Invicta Grammar School is a wholly selective all-girls school located in the town of Maidstone, Kent. This page has everything you need to know about the admissions procedure for the 2022 entry and th ...

Invicta Grammar School

Invicta Grammar School is a wholly selective all-girls school located in the town of Maidstone, Kent. Previously known as Maidstone School for Girls, the academy with a co-educational Sixth Form has multi-specialisms including mathematics, business, modern foreign languages, and computing. Because the school is selective, prospective Year 7 pupils must pass the Kent Test 11 plus exam to receive an offer of admission. On this page, you can learn more about the school’s unique induction programme for 11 plus candidates and the overall admissions procedure for entry in 2022. Scroll down for key dates in the calendar, 11 plus exam resources to help your child prepare, and more. 


School details:

Address: Invicta Grammar School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DS

County: Kent

Type of school: Girls’ Grammar Academy Converter

Age range: 11-18

Ofsted rating: Outstanding (view report)

Number of pupils: 1,573

Admissions to Year 7 (PAN): 192

Open evening (2022 entry): May 17th 2021

11+ exam dates (2022 entry): TBC

Exam board: Kent Test (GL Assessment)

Admissions phone number:  01622 755856

Admissions email address: office@invicta.viat.org.uk

 

Brief Overview of Invicta Grammar School’s Performance

 

The school’s pupils are high achievers, and this is reflected in its excellent exam results. Invicta’s Headteacher, Julie Derrick, highlights this in the official welcome published on the website. 80% of A-LEVEL pupils achieve grades A*-B, and 67% of GCSE pupils achieve grades 9-7, with 99% scoring at least grade 5 (2018/19).

Derrick states that the school is the best performing school in Maidstone, supported by data from gov.uk, which suggests that in 2018/19 (this is the most recent government data available), the school outperformed GCSE scores in other schools in its local authority and on a national scale by 100%.

 

Progress 8 score: 0.83: this means that, on average, pupils are likely to achieve almost an entire grade higher than expected than predictions made based on their primary school attainment. For instance, if based on your child’s KS2 SATs results, they were predicted a ‘B’ in GCSE maths, they are more likely to achieve an ‘A’ at this school.  

Attainment 8 score: 72.2: Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications.

Invicta Grammar School was the first school in Kent to receive the ‘Outstanding’ rating under the new framework, receiving sound feedback in all areas of the inspection, from student behaviour to quality of teaching, pupils’ safety, academic achievement, and overall effectiveness.

 

Invicta Grammar School’s Admissions Procedure: 2022 Entry

An impressive academic record and excellent Ofsted feedback mean that many parents choose this school for their daughter. However, there is a lot of competition due to the limited number of places available. That is why the school has a unique induction programme designed to help pupils in Year 5 prepare for entry. While candidates must still pass the Kent Test 11 plus entrance exam, they are invited to 11 plus exam workshops in advance and several taster days to experience what life is like at the school. You can find more information about these events in the table below.

Neither Kent County Council nor Invicta Grammar School has released specific dates for registering and taking the Kent Test in 2021. However, as of April 2021, it is still going ahead as normal. This page will be updated regularly as new dates become available. 

 

Invicta Grammar School Admissions Timetable: 2022 Entry

Below you can find key dates in the admissions process and information about 11+ exam preparation workshops. Please also note that the school holds several familiarisation days for Year 5 pupils, but most of these are now full and are therefore not included.  


May 11th 2021 – 11 plus familiarisation workshop

Your child can visit the school to attend a series of workshops designed to help candidates better the skills required to pass the Kent Test. The event lasts for 1 hour between 4 pm - 5 pm and is entirely free. Book here. 


May 17th 2021 – Year 5 open evening

This is an open evening event for prospective KS2 pupils and their parents. It is an opportunity to learn more about the school and meet the staff.


June 2021 – Registration opens for the Kent Test

Registration for the 11 plus entrance exam, known as the Kent Test, will open via the Kent County Council website. It is thought that it will open around June, but a precise date is to be confirmed.


June 24th 2021 – 11 plus open morning

11 plus candidates are invited to book a tour of the school. You can book here.


June 24th 2021 – Year 5 English 11 plus preparation workshop

11 plus candidates can attend a 1-hour workshop from 4 pm – 5 pm for tips on answering questions in the Kent Test’s English paper. It is free to participate in, and you can book your child’s place here. 


June 29th 2021 – 11 plus open afternoon

This is another opportunity for 11 plus candidates to book a tour of the school. You can book here. 


June 29th 2021 – Year 5 Maths 11 plus preparation workshop

11 plus candidates can attend a 1-hour workshop from 4 pm – 5 pm for tips on answering questions in the Kent Test’s maths paper. It is free to participate in, and you can book your child’s place here. 


July 2021 – Deadline to register for the Kent Test

Parents need to register their child for the Kent Test 11 plus exam by this date; otherwise, candidates may not be permitted to take the exam in September 2021.


September 2021 – Kent Test 11 plus exam

While the date is yet to be confirmed, it is typically in September. Kent County Council will communicate the details about the time and venue in advance.


October 31st 2021 – Deadline for CAF submission

This is the deadline for submitting the Common Application Form (CAF) to your local authority. You should ensure that Invicta Grammar School is listed as one of your preferred options.


March 1st 2022 – National Offer Day

Your local authority and the school will write to you to inform you of an offer of a place (providing that your child has passed the exam). Please note that Invicta Grammar School is usually oversubscribed and so passing the 11 plus exam does not guarantee admission.


March 15th 2022 – Deadline for accepting the offer

While this date is not confirmed, parents usually have around two weeks to either accept or decline the local authority’s decision. If you choose not to accept, you will need to appeal. (You can learn more about appeals in the FAQs at the bottom of the page.)

 

For more information, you can view 2022 Determined Arrangements Policy. 

 

Invicta Grammar School’s 11 Plus Exam

 

Kent County Council’s Kent Test 11+ papers are provided by the GL Assessment, and this is the test your daughter should prepare for if preparing for admission to Invicta Grammar School. Candidates will only sit two test papers in total, one in English and the other in maths. Both test papers are multiple-choice. Your child will be somewhat familiar with the style of questions on the test paper. This is because the questions are similar to English and mathematics from the new national curriculum.

 

Pupils will sit two 45 minute tests (each with an extra 15 mins allocated for practice). The first test is on comprehension, technical English and verbal reasoning. The second test focuses on non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning and maths. Both tests are taken on the same day, but note that there is a toilet break between each test. Each paper is weighted 50/50; however, the sections are not. The first paper accounts for 50% of the marks, while the second paper is split non-verbal 25% and mathematics 25%. The pass mark for the 2020 Kent Test was 332, but this varies each year.

 

Invicta Grammar School’s 11 Plus Exam Sample Test Papers and Resources

 

Typically, parents start thinking about 11 plus exam preparation once their child begins Year 4. However, guidance on how to get prepared varies. If you’re reading this thinking, “My child has not started preparing”, check out this 11 Plus Guide: Six Month Countdown to learn more about how to prepare over the coming months.


While some parents prefer to invest in 11+ tutors, others prefer their child to practice using sample test papers. You can find practise papers for the GL Assessment below:

 

Official GL Assessment Familiarisation Papers

Free GL assessment English papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

Practice Paper 2

Practice Paper 3

Free GL assessment maths papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

Practice Paper 2

Practice Paper 3

Free GL assessment, verbal reasoning papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

Practice Paper 2

Practice Paper 2 Answers

Practice Paper 3

Free GL assessment non-verbal reasoning papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

Practice Paper 2

Free GL assessment general practice papers:

Practice Paper 1

Practice Paper 1 Answers

 

Additional Information about Invicta Grammar School

 

There is much more on offer than the assurance of good academic results. Pupils can also access a wide range of opportunities, from afterschool clubs to overseas trips. The school has an active international events calendar (which has been affected due to the ongoing travel restrictions). As one of the school’s specialisms is languages, pupils can participate in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Canadian and Hong Kong exchanges! There is also a fashion and textile trip to Pairs, a history trip to Ypres, and a science trip to Florida, USA. 

 

Invicta Grammar School FAQs by Parents

What is the school’s Ofsted rating?

The school’s current Ofsted rating is ‘Outstanding’. You can access the full report here.

Invicta Grammar School fees

This school is a selective grammar school and is non-fee paying. 

Where is the catchment area for Invicta Grammar School?

Yes, nearness of children’s home to school – we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. The school uses measurements provided by the Local Authority and further information on how distances are calculated, including what is defined as permanent or main residence, is available in the ‘Admission to Secondary School in Kent’ booklet provided by the KCC. If, in the event, more than one applicant has the same distance from home to school (as measured by the local authority), then a random selection will be applied (in accordance with the KCC definition). In the event that the final place offered from the ranked list falls to a student of a multiple birth, the school will offer a place to each of these children who have met the over-subscription criteria

 

What score do 11+ candidates need to achieve to receive an offer for admission?

This is not a set score, and it changes every year. Last year the score was 332.

 

What if too many candidates pass the 11+ exam?

In this instance, the oversubscription criteria will apply. You can view this in detail here: 2022 Determined Arrangements Policy.


If my child is denied a place at the school, how can I appeal?

If your child is not offered a place you should lodge an appeal with Kent County Council. More details will be released later in the year.

 

Is there a waiting list for the school?

Waiting lists will be re-ranked, in line with the published oversubscription criteria, every time a child is added. These will be maintained until the end of the school year, anyone wishing to remain on the waiting list should contact the school to request this.

Invicta Grammar School Uniform

The full school uniform list for 2020-2021 can be found here. This age will be updated when the 2021-2022 list is available.


Where can I view GCSE and A-LEVEL results in further detail?

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