Dartford Grammar School 11+ Guide

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

About Dartford Grammar School

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

Nestled in the heart of Kent, Dartford Grammar School is a beacon of academic excellence, nurturing the minds of bright young men aged 11-18. As one of England's most venerable educational institutions, this selective grammar school has carved a niche for itself, providing an outstanding learning experience that extends beyond the confines of the classroom. With a mixed Sixth Form welcoming girls, Dartford Grammar fosters a diverse and inclusive environment, preparing its students for the challenges of the modern world.

All images © Dartford Grammar School.
All images © Dartford Grammar School.

Renowned for its exceptional academic prowess, Dartford Grammar School takes pride in its International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) curriculum, which has earned it the prestigious title of 'The IB Secondary School of the Decade' by the Sunday Times. This innovative approach to education enables students to develop a global perspective, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible, well-rounded citizens of the world.

All images © Dartford Grammar School.
All images © Dartford Grammar School.

At the core of Dartford Grammar's ethos lies a commitment to holistic development. The school's extensive co-curricular programme is a testament to this dedication, offering students a plethora of opportunities to explore their passions and cultivate new interests. From STEM and sports to music, drama, culture, and outdoor education, the school provides a platform for students to discover their true potential and forge lifelong friendships.

All images © Dartford Grammar School.
All images © Dartford Grammar School.

With an unwavering focus on academic rigor and personal growth, Dartford Grammar School continues to mold young minds, instilling in them the values of integrity, resilience, and a thirst for knowledge. As students embark on their journey through the hallowed halls of this esteemed institution, they are guided by a faculty of dedicated educators who are committed to unlocking each individual's unique talents and abilities.

Dartford Grammar School is more than just an educational establishment; it is a vibrant learning community that embraces diversity, fosters intellectual curiosity, and prepares its students to become the leaders and innovators of tomorrow. With its rich history, outstanding academic record, and commitment to character development, Dartford Grammar School stands as a shining example of educational excellence in the United Kingdom.

Dartford Grammar School is a boys-only grammar school.
Dartford Grammar School is a boys-only grammar school.

School Information

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

Dartford Grammar School,
West Hill,
School Website
Telephone 01322223039
Email Address admissions@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk
Gender Boys only
Total Year 7 Places 180
Total Pupils (Girls/Boys) 1516 (225 Girls / 1291 Boys)
Headmaster Mr Julian Metcalf

Dartford Grammar School is a boys only 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).

In total 1,516 pupils attend Dartford Grammar School and it's led by the Headmaster, Mr Julian Metcalf.

Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar School for the 2022-23 academic year.

GCSE Subjects Offered
  • Mathematics (184 pupils)
  • English Language (184 pupils)
  • English Literature (184 pupils)
  • Geography (167 pupils)
  • Biology (159 pupils)
  • Chemistry (159 pupils)
  • Physics (159 pupils)
  • History (139 pupils)
  • Chinese (95 pupils)
  • Japanese (93 pupils)
  • Computer Studies/Computing (90 pupils)
  • French (63 pupils)
  • German (62 pupils)
  • Religious Studies (61 pupils)
  • Physical Education/Sports Studies (35 pupils)
  • Latin (31 pupils)
  • Spanish (30 pupils)
  • Science: Double Award (25 pupils)
  • Drama & Theatre Studies (23 pupils)
  • Music (23 pupils)
  • Art & Design (12 pupils)
A-Level Subjects Offered
  • Economics (146 pupils)
  • Biology (122 pupils)
  • Geography (92 pupils)
  • Chemistry (80 pupils)
  • Psychology (79 pupils)
  • Computer Studies / Computing (49 pupils)
  • Government and Politics (43 pupils)
  • History (39 pupils)
  • Physical Education / Sports Studies (38 pupils)
  • Physics (37 pupils)
  • Logic / Philosophy (21 pupils)
  • Other Classical Languages (14 pupils)

Kent 11+ Test Information

In order to get into Dartford Grammar 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 entrance examination for Dartford Grammar School, known as the Kent Test, is a challenging assessment designed to evaluate the academic potential of prospective students. The test comprises two multiple-choice papers, each lasting one hour, which are provided by GL Assessment.

The first paper focuses on English and maths, with questions based on the Key Stage 2 national curriculum. This section assesses the candidate's proficiency in literacy and numeracy skills, which are essential for success in secondary education.

The second paper concentrates on verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, and spatial reasoning. These subjects are not typically taught in primary schools, so candidates may be less familiar with these types of questions. This section of the test aims to evaluate the student's ability to think logically, recognize patterns, and manipulate shapes and figures mentally. Success in this part of the assessment demonstrates a child's aptitude for learning and problem-solving, which are crucial skills for thriving in a grammar school environment.

Other Schools using Kent 11+ Test

As well as Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar School as they may well change.

Ofsted Information

Dartford Grammar School was last inspected by Ofsted on 06/12/2022 and the inspection only lasted one day. Ofsted published their report on 26/01/2023, declaring that the school was 'Outstanding'. This information is summarised in the table below along with a link to the full report.

Dartford Grammar School obtained <strong>Outstanding</strong> in their last Ofsted inspection in 2022.
Dartford Grammar School obtained Outstanding in their last Ofsted inspection in 2022.

Last Ofsted Report Data

Date Inspected Inspection Duration (Days) Reporting Date Rating Full Report
06/12/2022 1 26/01/2023 Outstanding Full Report

Ofsted Report Summary

Dartford Grammar School was inspected by Ofsted on 6 December 2022 and received an Outstanding rating in all areas. The school demonstrated exceptional performance in the quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, leadership and management, and sixth form provision.

The inspection report highlights the school's outstanding achievements across all aspects of its operations. Dartford Grammar School has shown itself to be a top-performing institution that provides an excellent learning environment for its students.

The Outstanding rating is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the school's staff, students, and leadership team. Dartford Grammar School serves as a shining example of what can be achieved through a commitment to high-quality education and a focus on the overall development of its students.

GCSE & A-Level Performance

Below are the individual GCSE and A-Level performance tables for Dartford Grammar 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 12 - - - - - 1 4 4 - 3
Biology 159 - - - - - 1 12 35 37 74
Chemistry 159 - - - - - 2 3 22 50 82
Chinese 95 - - - 3 5 8 5 27 23 23
Computer Studies/Computing 90 - - - - - 1 8 9 27 45
English Language 184 - - - 1 4 25 46 36 38 34
English Literature 184 - - - 2 3 11 44 38 41 45
French 63 2 - 1 6 3 9 13 8 7 14
Geography 167 - - - 3 3 15 22 46 50 28
German 62 - - - 4 1 11 7 16 10 13
History 139 - - 1 4 7 8 29 30 25 35
Japanese 93 - - 1 3 7 5 16 24 21 16
Latin 31 1 - - 1 1 3 4 5 7 9
Mathematics 184 - - - - 1 5 17 29 61 71
Music 23 - - - 2 1 2 7 5 3 3
Physics 159 - - - - - - 7 24 33 95
Religious Studies 61 - - 1 - 1 1 8 6 20 24
Spanish 30 1 - - - 3 7 2 9 8 -
Drama & Theatre Studies 23 - - - - 1 6 6 7 3 -
Physical Education/Sports Studies 35 - - - - 1 1 8 11 11 3
Science: Double Award 25 - - - - - - - - - -

A-Level Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U E D C B A A*
Biology 122 - - - - - - -
Chemistry 80 - - - - - - -
Computer Studies / Computing 49 - - - - - - -
Economics 146 - - - - - - -
Geography 92 - - - - - - -
Government and Politics 43 - - - - - - -
History 39 - - - - - - -
Logic / Philosophy 21 - - - - - - -
Physical Education / Sports Studies 38 - - - - - - -
Physics 37 - - - - - - -
Psychology 79 - - - - - - -
Other Classical Languages 14 - - - - - - -

Past 11+ Paper Downloads

Here are all available past 11+ papers for Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar School currently uses.

The exam board that Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar School hard to get into?

Yes, Dartford Grammar 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 Dartford Grammar School a private school?

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

Is Dartford Grammar School free?

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

How do I get my child into Dartford Grammar School?

You need to apply to take the school's 11+ test. Contact Dartford Grammar 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.

Is Dartford Grammar School a boys-only school?

Yes, Dartford Grammar School is a boys-only school.


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