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Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Welcome to Term 5 - Monday 15th April to Friday 24th May!
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Kent Test

Kent Test (11+)


Dear Parents or Carers,

The Kent Test (11+) is taking place on Thursday, 15th October. Before the day of the test, Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Rathbone will speak with the pupils and answer any questions that they may have.

The test will take place in the school hall, where it will be calm and quiet. While both classes will be in the hall, they will be kept separate to ensure we maintain the social distancing rules. It will be administered by Mrs Rathbone and Mrs Francak. All pupils will be provided with the necessary equipment and plain paper for any workings. They will be allowed to bring in their water bottle.

We will ensure that all pupils can see a clock as all of the tests are timed. Start and finish times will be displayed and time reminders (“10 minutes left” and “5 minutes left”) are given in the longer sections – Maths, English and Verbal Reasoning.

The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an automated marking machine.

The first test will be an English and Maths paper and will take 1 hour. Each section will involve a 5 minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test.

  • The English section will involve a comprehension exercise as well as some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.
  • The Maths section encompasses a wide range of mathematical ability and its questions will vary in difficulty.

The second test will be a reasoning paper. It includes the practice sections and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section, a spatial reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section. The spatial reasoning test is split into 2 short sections, each of which start with some shared examples, and non-verbal reasoning will be split into 3 short sections, administered and timed individually.

In the afternoon, there will also be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be used by a local HeadTeacher panel as part of the HeadTeacher assessment stage of the process. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.  Pupils may use their own pen for this task.

I hope that you find this information useful.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Kind regards

Year 6 Team

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472