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


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

Pupil Premium – Supplementary Form


Appeals 2022

Parents wishing to appeal should complete an Appeals Form (below) and return it to the school by Monday, 28th March 2022 using the contact details on the form.  Appeals will be heard in the week beginning Monday, 2nd May 2022.

We do not, at this stage, need the full details of your appeal.  Once we have your form, the Appeals Clerk will write to you detailing what it is you need to do and when you need to do it. There is advice about the appeals process in our Appeals FAQs document (below).  You may arrange to speak with us at the school by emailing with your query and your telephone number.  We will ring you.

Waiting List 2022

If your son was successful in his Kent Test (or has been deemed suitable to grammar school following the headteacher’s review) you may request to place your son on our waiting list.  You will need to visit the KCC website to enrol your child on the waiting list.  At the end of April, should places become available, we will offer them to boys at the top of the list.  Your son’s position on the list will be given to you on request at this time, but not before.

Appeals Form

Appeals FAQs


Further information:

A Parents’ Guide to Admissions – Year 7

GGS Arrangements for Admissions 2021-22

GGS Arrangements for Admissions 2022-23


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 parents’ 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.


Contact Information

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

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