Entry to Year 7 2023
Information for Parents

Year 7 is full. Places were offered to all students in our first priority region and some students in our second priority region. In addition, we have been directed to take additional students following appeals. This means that we are above our Planned Admissions Number. We have a waiting list of over 150 students. Places will not be offered from this list until our numbers fall below 210, which is not likely to happen.

Please note that further applications are not at all likely to result in a place being awarded. Applications received will be declined and subsequent appeals will be heard at the end of July or in the next academic year depending on when they are received.

Gravesend Grammar School is traditionally a popular school serving the community of Gravesham and its neighbouring parishes with year groups frequently over-subscribed.  As a selective school, we require students joining us to meet our academic requirements. For those joining at the beginning of Year 7, this means success in the Kent Test (sometimes known as the 11+).  For those seeking entry at other points (excluding 6th Form), we have entrance examinations that determine eligibility for entry. 

There are three entry points for admission into Gravesend Grammar School:

  • Admission into Year 7
  • In-Year Admissions – Y7 to Y11
  • Sixth Form

Admission to Year 7

Entry into our school requires success in the Kent Test.  Registration for the Kent Test is completed online at the Kent County Council website in June of the year the child is in Year 5.  Students sit their Kent Test in the following September, the results of which are given to parents in October.  Around this time, parents and their children are provided the opportunity to see schools in action at schools’ open events before they submit their Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) online on the KCC website. This application form allows parents to list, in preference order, four schools they wish their child to attend.  Once the application has been submitted, there is nothing further to do except await National Offers Day in March of the following year when local authorities inform parents of the school their child has been allocated.  Parents whose preference is GGS, and who live within our priority regions, usually get a place.  Parents living outside these regions are less likely to secure a place.  A map of our priority areas is included in our Admissions Arrangements below.

We do not require a supplementary form except for those children who are in receipt of Pupil Premium whose parents should complete the form below and return it to

If you would like further support for your child in preparation for the Kent Test, please click here

In-Year Admissions

In-Year Admissions refers to admission into the school after the normal point of entry at the start of Year 7 through to the end of Year 11. These admissions are almost exclusively a transfer to GGS from another secondary school. It is a parent’s entitlement to change their child’s secondary school at any time, and schools must process applications in accordance with the Schools Admissions Code 2021.  The offer of a place is dependent on availability and a child’s eligibility to take up this place.  As a grammar school, eligible students are those who have met our academic requirements through either the Kent Test or our own entrance examinations.  Parents should read our In-Year Admissions Arrangements (below) which explain the procedure we follow in processing applications.

In-Year Application Form

In-Year Admissions Arrangements

Admission into Sixth Form

Most students transfer directly from our Year 11 into Sixth Form.  Additionally, we provide places for students from other schools. More information about entry into Sixth Form can be found on our Sixth Form pages.

Additional Information

Years 7 – 11: Mr I Cook, Admissions Manager, 01474 331893 ext 1248 –

6th Form: Ms S Asbury, 6th Form Administrator –

Pupil Premium – Supplementary Form

Appeals Form

Appeals FAQs

A Parents’ Guide to Admissions – Year 7

GGS Arrangements for Admissions 2022-23

GGS Arrangements for Admissions 2023-24