Kendrick School 11+ Guide

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

About Kendrick School

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

Nestled in the heart of Reading, Kendrick School stands as a beacon of academic excellence for girls. This esteemed grammar school boasts a rich history, having nurtured the minds of young women since its establishment. The school's striking Victorian architecture serves as a testament to its enduring legacy, while its prime location offers convenience and accessibility for students.

All images © Kendrick School.
All images © Kendrick School.

At Kendrick School, students embark on a comprehensive educational journey that extends beyond the confines of traditional subjects. The school's well-structured PSHCE program is seamlessly integrated into the curriculum, equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible citizens. Moreover, the school's commitment to work-related and entrepreneurial education ensures that students receive valuable career guidance and hands-on experience through a unified work experience program.

All images © Kendrick School.
All images © Kendrick School.

The academic prowess of Kendrick School is exemplified by its students' outstanding performance in public examinations. With a remarkable percentage of top grades at both GCSE and A-level, the school consistently ranks among the best in the country. This achievement is a testament to the school's unwavering dedication to providing a first-class education, as recognized by Ofsted's 'outstanding' rating across all areas.

All images © Kendrick School.
All images © Kendrick School.

Beyond the realm of academics, Kendrick School offers a vibrant and diverse extracurricular program. Students are encouraged to explore their passions and talents through a wide array of clubs and societies, spanning the creative arts, business and finance, dance and drama, music, and STEM. The school's role as a hub in the Science Leadership Partnership further underscores its commitment to fostering scientific excellence and providing support to other schools in the Reading area.

Kendrick School stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when a school combines academic rigor with a nurturing and supportive environment. By empowering young women to reach their full potential, Kendrick School continues to shape the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Kendrick School is a girls-only grammar school.
Kendrick School is a girls-only grammar school.

School Information

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

Kendrick School,
London Road,
School Website
Telephone 01189015859
Email Address
Gender Girls only
Total Year 7 Places 128
Total Pupils (Girls/Boys) 865 (865 Girls / 0 Boys)
Headteacher Ms Christine Kattirtzi

Kendrick School is a girls 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 865 pupils attend Kendrick School and it's led by the Headteacher, Ms Christine Kattirtzi.

Kendrick 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 Kendrick School for the 2022-23 academic year.

GCSE Subjects Offered
  • English Language (100 pupils)
  • Mathematics (100 pupils)
  • English Literature (100 pupils)
  • Biology (98 pupils)
  • Chemistry (98 pupils)
  • Physics (98 pupils)
  • Business Studies:Single (85 pupils)
  • Geography (76 pupils)
  • German (65 pupils)
  • History (45 pupils)
  • French (42 pupils)
  • Computer Studies/Computing (32 pupils)
  • Religious Studies (32 pupils)
  • Latin (29 pupils)
  • Physical Education/Sports Studies (23 pupils)
  • Art & Design (19 pupils)
  • D&T Food Technology (14 pupils)
  • Drama & Theatre Studies (10 pupils)
  • Music (9 pupils)
  • Art & Design (Textiles) (7 pupils)
A-Level Subjects Offered
  • Mathematics (102 pupils)
  • Chemistry (92 pupils)
  • Biology (74 pupils)
  • Economics (39 pupils)
  • Physics (38 pupils)
  • Mathematics (Further) (30 pupils)
  • Sociology (21 pupils)
  • History (20 pupils)
  • English Literature (15 pupils)
  • Art and Design (11 pupils)
  • Geography (11 pupils)
  • German (10 pupils)
  • Logic / Philosophy (9 pupils)

Kendrick School 11+ Information

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

Kendrick School 11+ Subjects & Structure

The Kendrick School 11+ requires children to complete tests in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-verbal Reasoning

The 11 plus exam for Kendrick School, provided by GL Assessment, is a rigorous assessment designed to evaluate the academic abilities of children seeking admission. The exam comprises two one-hour papers, with a brief intermission between them. All questions are presented in a multiple-choice format, covering four key subjects: English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, and Non-verbal Reasoning.

The English section assesses the child's grasp of the subject matter taught up to the beginning of Year 6, including reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Similarly, the Maths section evaluates the child's understanding of the national curriculum content up to the start of Year 6, covering aspects of number, measurement, geometry, and statistics. Children may encounter unfamiliar problem-solving scenarios that require them to apply their mathematical skills.

Verbal Reasoning involves problem-solving using written information, such as letters, symbols, numbers, and words. This section examines word production, usage, and the relationships between them, as well as the ability to solve sequences using written information. Non-verbal Reasoning, on the other hand, focuses on problem-solving using abstract information, such as shapes and diagrams. Children must identify common features and relationships between shapes and sequences of shapes. Some questions may involve codes, requiring the matching of shape features with letters.

Kendrick School 11+ Marking Process

The reality of 11+ tests, selective education and academic institutions such as Kendrick 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!

Kendrick School 11+ Pass Mark

The pass mark for the Kendrick School 11+ 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 Kendrick School, it's a ballpark exam result figure for successful candidates.

Kendrick School 11+ Key Dates for your Diary

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

Date Event Calendar Link
23/04/2024 Open Day
01/05/2024 11+ Registration Opens
01/07/2024 11+ Registration Closes
20/09/2024 11+ Exam Date
Mid October 11+ Results Released
31/10/2024 Secondary School Application Deadline
01/03/2025 School Allocations

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

Ofsted Information

Kendrick School was last inspected by Ofsted on 08/11/2022 and the inspection only lasted one day. Ofsted published their report on 12/01/2023, declaring that the school was 'Outstanding'. This information is summarised in the table below along with a link to the full report.

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

Last Ofsted Report Data

Date Inspected Inspection Duration (Days) Reporting Date Rating Full Report
08/11/2022 1 12/01/2023 Outstanding Full Report

Ofsted Report Summary

Kendrick School was inspected by Ofsted on 8 November 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 quality of education, which is a testament to the dedication and expertise of the teaching staff. The school's approach to behaviour and attitudes was also deemed outstanding, creating a positive learning environment that fosters student growth and success. Additionally, the school's commitment to personal development was recognized as outstanding, ensuring that students receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for life beyond the classroom.

The leadership and management at Kendrick School were also rated as outstanding, demonstrating the effectiveness of the school's governance and strategic direction. Finally, the sixth form provision was deemed outstanding, providing students with excellent opportunities for further education and personal growth.

GCSE & A-Level Performance

Below are the individual GCSE and A-Level performance tables for Kendrick 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 19 - - - - 2 2 7 2 4 2
Art & Design (Textiles) 7 - - - - 2 2 3 - - -
Biology 98 - - - - - 2 3 15 14 64
Business Studies:Single 85 - - - - - - 3 17 22 43
Chemistry 98 - - - - - - 3 11 15 69
Computer Studies/Computing 32 - - - - - 2 5 4 9 12
English Language 100 - - - - - 4 8 21 37 30
English Literature 100 - - - - - 2 5 11 26 56
D&T Food Technology 14 - - - - - - 1 3 1 9
French 42 - - - 1 1 2 1 9 8 20
Geography 76 - - - - 2 - 2 7 21 44
German 65 - - - - - 2 1 11 18 33
History 45 - - - - - - - 5 12 28
Latin 29 - - - 1 - - 3 2 7 16
Mathematics 100 - - - - - 1 - 7 32 60
Music 9 - - - - - - 1 2 3 3
Physics 98 - - - - - 1 5 12 16 64
Religious Studies 32 - - - - - - 1 3 12 16
Drama & Theatre Studies 10 - - - - 2 2 - 3 1 2
Physical Education/Sports Studies 23 - - - - - 1 3 2 5 12

A-Level Results Information (2022-23)

Subject Total Pupils Grades Achieved
U E D C B A A*
Art and Design 11 - - 1 2 2 5 1
Biology 74 - 2 4 15 8 19 24
Chemistry 92 - 5 5 12 16 31 21
Economics 39 - - - 1 15 14 9
English Literature 15 - - - 2 5 7 1
Geography 11 - - - - - 4 7
German 10 - - - - 1 5 4
History 20 - - - 1 3 9 7
Logic / Philosophy 9 - - - 1 2 4 2
Mathematics 102 - 2 6 2 17 34 41
Mathematics (Further) 30 - 1 - 2 3 13 11
Physics 38 - 2 1 3 6 15 11
Sociology 21 - - - 3 9 8 1

Past 11+ Paper Downloads

Unfortunately, Kendrick School has not made any of their past 11+ papers publicly available.

Practice 11+ Paper Downloads

Here are some superb free 11+ practice papers that children can download and use to help prepare for the Kendrick School 11+ Ensure you double-check with Kendrick 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 Kendrick School hard to get into?

Yes, Kendrick 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 Kendrick School a private school?

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

Is Kendrick School free?

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

How do I get my child into Kendrick School?

You need to apply to take the school's 11+ test. Contact Kendrick 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 Kendrick School a girls-only school?

Yes, Kendrick School is a girls-only school.


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