Cranbrook School 11+ Guide

A detailed look at Cranbrook School including past 11+ papers and practice 11+ papers.

About Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is a selective secondary school in Kent. For children to get into Cranbrook School they need to pass the school's 11+ entrance test. Hence, Cranbrook School is a traditional grammar school, one of only 163 remaining in England.

Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Kent, Cranbrook School is a co-educational grammar school that has been nurturing young minds for centuries. This esteemed institution offers a unique blend of day and boarding options, catering to students aged 11 to 18. With its rich history and commitment to excellence, Cranbrook School has earned a reputation for producing accomplished alumni across various fields, from military service to the arts and academia.

All images © Cranbrook School.
All images © Cranbrook School.

At Cranbrook, students benefit from a personalized approach to education, ensuring that each individual receives the attention and support they need to thrive. The curriculum is carefully crafted to provide a comprehensive foundation in core subjects such as mathematics, science, and English, while also encouraging exploration and growth in the arts and humanities. By fostering a love for learning and a curiosity for the world around them, Cranbrook equips its students with the tools they need to succeed both academically and personally.

All images © Cranbrook School.
All images © Cranbrook School.

Beyond the classroom, Cranbrook School is dedicated to developing well-rounded individuals who embody the values of morality, spirituality, culture, discipline, and empathy. Through a diverse range of extracurricular activities, including the Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, orchestra, and drama, students are encouraged to discover and nurture their passions. These experiences not only promote personal growth but also foster a sense of community and social responsibility, as students engage in various initiatives and language exchanges.

All images © Cranbrook School.
All images © Cranbrook School.

At the heart of Cranbrook School's ethos lies a commitment to treating everyone with respect and fairness, valuing kindness, honesty, curiosity, ambition, and individuality above all else. This philosophy, combined with the school's exceptional teaching and resources, has earned Cranbrook a "Good" rating from Ofsted. With a track record of outstanding academic results and a significant number of leavers progressing to prestigious universities, including Oxbridge and Russell Group institutions, Cranbrook School continues to set the standard for excellence in education.

Cranbrook School is a mixed gender grammar school (i.e. both girls and boys).
Cranbrook School is a mixed gender grammar school (i.e. both girls and boys).

School Information

Below you will find further information about Cranbrook School together with their admissions contact details.

Cranbrook School,
Waterloo Road,
TN17 3JD
School Website
Telephone 01580711800
Email Address
Gender Mixed (both girls and boys)
Total Year 7 Places 90
Total Pupils (Girls/Boys) 884 (369 Girls / 515 Boys)
Headteacher Mr David Clark

Cranbrook School is a mixed (i.e. both girls and boys) school. It is also an academy, meaning the school is run independently by a trust or sponsor and is directly funded by the central government (not the local authority).

Notably, Cranbrook School is one of very few English grammar schools to also offer boarding facilities.

In total 884 pupils attend Cranbrook School and it's led by the Headteacher, Mr David Clark.

Cranbrook School Location

Below you will find a map showing the school's location:

GCSE & A-Level Subjects

Below you will find a complete list of GCSE and A-Level subjects offered to pupils at Cranbrook School for the 2022-23 academic year.

GCSE Subjects Offered
  • Mathematics (153 pupils)
  • English Language (153 pupils)
  • Biology (153 pupils)
  • Chemistry (152 pupils)
  • English Literature (152 pupils)
  • Physics (152 pupils)
  • History (122 pupils)
  • French (82 pupils)
  • Religious Studies (77 pupils)
  • Geography (76 pupils)
  • Physical Education/Sports Studies (55 pupils)
  • D&T Food Technology (55 pupils)
  • Spanish (50 pupils)
  • Drama & Theatre Studies (33 pupils)
  • Latin (28 pupils)
  • Art & Design (Fine Art) (19 pupils)
  • Chinese (18 pupils)
  • Music (6 pupils)
A-Level Subjects Offered
  • Biology (44 pupils)
  • Psychology (43 pupils)
  • Mathematics (43 pupils)
  • History (37 pupils)
  • Physics (35 pupils)
  • Chemistry (35 pupils)
  • English Literature (31 pupils)
  • Economics (27 pupils)
  • Geography (25 pupils)
  • Government and Politics (21 pupils)
  • Classical Civilisation (21 pupils)
  • Business Studies:Single (21 pupils)
  • Religious Studies (12 pupils)
  • Art and Design (Fine Art) (11 pupils)
  • French (11 pupils)
  • Drama and Theatre Studies (8 pupils)
  • Mathematics (Further) (8 pupils)

Kent 11+ Test Information

In order to get into Cranbrook School, children need to pass the Kent 11+ Test. This 11+ test is written by GL Assessment for use by the school's admissions process.

Kent 11+ Test Subjects & Structure

The Kent 11+ Test requires children to complete tests in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-Verbal Reasoning
  • Spatial Reasoning

The Kent Test is the entrance examination for students seeking admission to Cranbrook School. This assessment, provided by GL Assessment, evaluates applicants' abilities across a range of subjects. The test is divided into two multiple-choice papers, each lasting one hour.

The first paper focuses on English and maths, with questions based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum. The second paper assesses verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, and spatial reasoning. These subjects are not typically taught in schools, so candidates may be less familiar with the question formats.

Successful performance in the Kent Test is essential for students hoping to secure a place at Cranbrook School. The examination aims to identify those with the academic potential to thrive in the school's challenging educational environment.

Other Schools using Kent 11+ Test

As well as Cranbrook School, several other schools also use Kent 11+ Test. These are:

Kent 11+ Test Marking Process

The reality of 11+ tests, selective education and academic institutions such as Cranbrook School is that only children with particularly high marks are admitted. Hence why it is important that children perform well in their 11+ papers.

Different schools (and different 11+ tests) have different marking processes. Some tests are marked in person, some remotely, while others utilise computer-based optical recognition technologies for quickly marking multiple-choice answer sheets.

Most 11+ tests are multiple-choice and marked electronically but still some remain that are marked by teachers or examiners.
Most 11+ tests are multiple-choice and marked electronically but still some remain that are marked by teachers or examiners.

Many 11+ tests are age-standardised to ensure younger children are not disadvantaged (i.e. their marks may be moderated depending on the month in which they were born). While creative writing papers can be used as tie-breakers, multiple-choice tests in Maths, Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning normally make up the bulk of a child's marks. The specific details and weightings can vary from year to year.

It's worth remembering that once children's 11+ tests are being marked, the admissions process is completely outside of the parents' control. Hence, parents should not worry themselves about whether their child has got a place!

Kent 11+ Test Pass Mark

The pass mark for the Kent 11+ Test changes every year and isn't generally made public knowledge. This is due to the academic strength of the children taking the test varying and how challenging the test ends up being (as well as plenty of other smaller variables).

Stop worrying! Once the 11+ marking has started the admissions process is out of your control.
Stop worrying! Once the 11+ marking has started the admissions process is out of your control.

Hence, as a vague rule-of-thumb, it's recommended that children aim for roughly 75-80% in their practice tests. Whilst this won't guarantee them a place at Cranbrook School, it's a ballpark exam result figure for successful candidates.

Kent 11+ Test Key Dates for your Diary

Here are all the important dates for the Kent 11+ Test tests (to get into Cranbrook School) as well as other relevant dates.

Date Event Calendar Link
03/06/2024 Kent Test Registration Opens
01/07/2024 Kent Test Registration Closes
02/09/2024 Kent County Council Opens Secondary School Applications
12/09/2024 Kent Test Date For Children In Kent Primary Schools
14/09/2024 Kent Test Date For Children Not In Kent Primary Schools
17/10/2024 Kent Test Results Sent To Parents
31/10/2024 Secondary School Common Application Deadline
03/03/2025 National School Offers Day

Although the utmost care has been taken to gather these dates, parents should treat them as a guide and check with Cranbrook School as they may well change.

Ofsted Information

Cranbrook School was last inspected by Ofsted on 22/03/2022 and the inspection only lasted one day. Ofsted published their report on 18/05/2022, declaring that the school was 'Good'. This information is summarised in the table below along with a link to the full report.

Cranbrook School obtained <strong>Good</strong> in their last Ofsted inspection in 2022.
Cranbrook School obtained Good in their last Ofsted inspection in 2022.

Last Ofsted Report Data

Date Inspected Inspection Duration (Days) Reporting Date Rating Full Report
22/03/2022 1 18/05/2022 Good Full Report

Ofsted Report Summary

Cranbrook School was inspected by Ofsted on 18/05/2022 and received an overall outcome of Good. The school demonstrated outstanding performance in both Behaviour and attitudes and Personal development.

The Quality of education, Leadership and management, and Sixth form provision were all rated as Good. This indicates that Cranbrook School provides a well-rounded education, with a strong focus on student development and well-being.

GCSE & A-Level Performance

Below are the individual GCSE and A-Level performance tables for Cranbrook School per subject. Note that this may include children taking GCSEs early (e.g. taking a language GCSE in Year 10) or indeed a child in Year 12 retaking a GCSE.

GCSE Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Art & Design (Fine Art) 19 - - - - - - 3 6 4 6
Biology 153 1 - - 5 19 29 25 28 25 21
Chemistry 152 1 - - 6 17 22 32 14 26 34
Chinese 18 - - - - - - - - - 9
English Language 153 - - 2 4 12 22 47 39 22 5
English Literature 152 - 1 1 2 13 25 38 41 21 10
D&T Food Technology 55 - - - 5 8 9 14 11 8 -
French 82 - - - 4 5 20 12 15 14 10
Geography 76 - - - 2 5 13 17 17 16 6
History 122 - 1 1 4 12 24 16 28 17 19
Latin 28 - - - 1 2 3 6 5 8 3
Mathematics 153 - - - 2 16 35 30 29 19 22
Music 6 - - - - - 1 1 1 1 1
Physics 152 1 - - 6 14 27 18 23 25 38
Religious Studies 77 - - 2 4 6 10 19 10 13 13
Spanish 50 - - 1 8 7 15 7 7 3 2
Drama & Theatre Studies 33 - - - - - 6 12 3 7 5
Physical Education/Sports Studies 55 - - 2 5 8 13 16 7 2 2

A-Level Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U E D C B A A*
Art and Design (Fine Art) 11 - - - 2 2 1 6
Biology 44 - 6 5 6 8 13 4
Business Studies:Single 21 - 1 4 8 6 2 -
Chemistry 35 - - 3 4 14 6 7
Classical Civilisation 21 - 1 3 3 12 2 -
Drama and Theatre Studies 8 - - - 2 5 1 -
Economics 27 - - 3 10 8 5 -
English Literature 31 - 2 2 9 14 3 1
French 11 - 1 1 1 4 3 1
Geography 25 - 1 4 8 8 1 2
Government and Politics 21 - - 2 2 6 11 -
History 37 - - 4 7 18 6 2
Mathematics 43 - 3 2 4 13 13 8
Mathematics (Further) 8 - - - - 1 5 2
Physics 35 - 5 3 6 8 8 4
Psychology 43 - 6 12 12 9 3 -
Religious Studies 12 - 2 1 1 5 3 -

Past 11+ Paper Downloads

Here are all available past 11+ papers for Cranbrook School. Please note that this may include past 11+ papers, past familiarisation booklets, past practice materials published by third parties and past 11+ exam guides written by the school. These materials are provided 'as-is' and may no longer reflect the subjects, format, structure or exam board that Cranbrook School currently uses.

The exam board that Cranbrook School chooses to use for their 11+ entrance tests can change and we encourage you to check directly with the school.

Exam Board Subject 11+ Past Paper
GL AssessmentMixed

Practice 11+ Paper Downloads

Here are some superb free 11+ practice papers that children can download and use to help prepare for the Kent 11+ Test Ensure you double-check with Cranbrook School which subjects and topics your child's 11+ tests are in to ensure you prepare for the right tests.

GL Assessment

These Free GL 11+ Practice Papers were published by GL Assessment themselves. They remain useful and we would encourage parents to download and use them with their children.

Exam Board Subject Answer Sheet Question Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers)
GL AssessmentEnglish
GL AssessmentVerbal Reasoning
GL AssessmentMaths
GL AssessmentNon-Verbal Reasoning


These Free GL 11+ Practice Papers were published by CGP and we thank them for granting us permission to distribute them. They are up to date and extremely useful.

Exam Board Subject Answer Sheet Question Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers)
GL AssessmentMaths
GL AssessmentEnglish
GL AssessmentVerbal Reasoning
GL AssessmentNon-Verbal Reasoning

These Free CEM 11+ Practice Papers were published by CGP and we thank them for granting us permission to distribute them. Grammar schools no longer use CEM for any of their 11+ entrance tests. However, as a general practice tool these tests remain useful.

Exam Board Subject Answer Sheet Question Booklet Marking Scheme (Answers)
CEMVerbal Reasoning
CEMNon-Verbal Reasoning


Is Cranbrook School hard to get into?

Yes, Cranbrook School is hard to get into! Children need to pass their challenging 11+ entrance test (with a high pass mark) and there's tough competition with many other children trying to get a place for Year 7.

Is Cranbrook School a private school?

No, Cranbrook School is one of the few remaining academically selective, state-funded grammar schools left in England.

Is Cranbrook School free?

Yes, Cranbrook School is free, there are no school fees. Thus, sending your child to Cranbrook School won't cost you any money.

How do I get my child into Cranbrook School?

You need to apply to take the school's 11+ test. Contact Cranbrook School for how up to date information on how to apply (it may be automatic or it may require some forms to be filled in). More information on their 11+ entrance test can be found here.


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