Admissions Criteria

Admission to the school

Admission Year 7 - Students must have gained a selective place through the Kent PESE and placed Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School on their Kent Secondary Common Application Form, in order to be eligible for admission. Details of the Kent PESE are available from the Kent County booklet 'Admission to Secondary School in Kent 2016'. There is no guarantee of a place to applicants who meet the over-subscription criteria.

Sixth Form Admissions arrangements - The School has a mixed Sixth Form.  Priority will be given to existing students transferring from Year 11.  The admission number for external candidates will be 80, but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this, the number of internal students transferring into Year 12 and the number of students transferring into Year 13 are less than the overall total figure for the Sixth Form, which is 400. 

The school is an academic institution where the expectation is that students will achieve top grades at A Level.  The admissions criteria for the Sixth Form are as follows:

  • At least seven subjects at grade B or above at GCSE; including in English and Mathematics.
  • The minimum entry requirements specified by the subjects of their choice, with students normally achieving grade A/A* in subjects studied at AS Level.
  • Students choose 4 subjects to study in Year 12.  They must qualify for 4 subjects to qualify to join the Sixth Form.

Where learners have achieved better results than their predicted grades, they will be considered based on the grades achieved and ranked accordingly for any places that become available as a result of other learners failing to meet the required entry levels. 

In Year Admissions

An ‘In Year admission’ is the process whereby you apply for a place at a school if your child is already attending school and you wish to move them to another school.  Applications for admission to the school at any time other than the start of Year 7 should be made via the school by completing an In Year Casual Admissions Form (IYCAF). A copy of the form can be found HERE.

Applicants who have not passed the Kent Test will be tested by the school to obtain evidence of their ability to keep pace with the work at this selective school.  Students will be tested in English, Maths, Science and a Modern Foreign Language (we offer French, German and Spanish), and will be based on material that your child should have studied according to the National Curriculum for her age group. 

The school admits eligible students who are successful in our Admissions Tests where places are available in Years 7 – 9.  Admission part way through the preparation for GCSE examinations (Years 10 & 11) is not advisable, and would only be made in exceptional circumstances where a place is available. 

Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application.  Should an application be refused, parents have a statutory right of appeal and they should write to: The Appeal Panel Administrator, Kent County Council, Legal and Democratic Services, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent. ME14 1XQ

Further information can be found HERE

Criteria for Over-subscription

Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order under Part IV of the Act.

Current Family Association - a brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

Health and Special Access Reasons - Medical / Health and Special Access Reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’, physical or mental health or social need means there is a demonstrable and significant need for their child to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.

Nearness of children's homes to school – The distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school is measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

In the event of any of the above criteria being oversubscribed, priority will be given based on distance as described above with those closest being given higher priority. In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.

If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc) apply for a school and the school would reach its Published Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those siblings, the LA will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the school above its PAN.

Parents have a statutory right of appeal, should an application for a place be refused, by writing to the Local Authority, Legal & Democratic Services.

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