Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

About Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is a small selective academy in Dartford. Founded in 1958, the school has been helping girls to secure excellent academic results and providing a well-rounded experience for over half a century.

Wilmington Grammar is rated Good by Ofsted. Ofsted notes that strong, positive, professional relationships between pupils and staff lie at the centre of the school’s ethos. Pupils model the school’s ‘REACH’ values of respect and resilience, equality, achievement, community, honesty and integrity, throughout the school day.

  • Address: Parsons Lane, Wilmington, Dartford, DA2 7BB
  • Local authority: Kent County Council
  • School type: girls' grammar
  • Headteacher: Michelle Lawson
  • Number of pupils: 920

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls term dates

The 2023–2024 term dates at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls are:

  • Autumn term: 4th September – 20th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd October – 1st November 2023
  • Spring term: 4th January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

1. Register for the Kent Test

Before registering, speak to your child’s teacher to see if the 11 plus and grammar school is right for them.

Registration for the Kent Test will open on Thursday 1st June 2023 and close on Monday 3rd July 2023 at midnight. You will be able to complete your child's registration on the Kent County Council website.

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls shares an entrance test and admissions procedure with all other grammar schools in Kent (aside from those in Medway) – a total of 32 schools! Your child only has to take one exam to apply to these schools.

If you are also considering grammar schools in Medway or the London Borough of Bexley, you will need to register separately because these schools do not use the Kent Test.

Supplementary information form

If your child is eligible for free school meals, or is currently or previously a Looked After Child, you should also complete a supplementary information form (SIF). This form is available in the school's admissions policy on its website.

2. Apply for school places

If you registered online, your child’s exam results will be emailed to you after 4pm on Wednesday 18th October 2023. If you did not register online, it will be sent by first class post. Your child’s primary school will also be notified of the result on this day, so you can check with them if you do not receive the letter.

The results will tell you if your child has been assessed as 'suitable for grammar school'. If this is the case, you can include grammar schools in your school preferences on your local authority application form.

Before listing Wilmington Grammar School for Girls as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. As well as your child's exam score, how close you live to a school can be a factor in whether your child is likely to be offered a place.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023.

What's on the Wilmington Grammar School for Girls 11 plus?

The Wilmington Grammar School for Girls 11 plus test takes place on Thursday 7th September 2023. If your child attends a primary school outside of Kent, they will take the test on the weekend of the 9th September 2023.

The school uses the Kent Test, which is provided by GL Assessment. It consists of two papers, each lasting about 60 minutes. The papers are multiple-choice format. Children record their answers in a separate answer booklet which is marked electronically.

Both papers are divided into smaller, individually-timed sections that assess:

  • Paper 1: English and maths
  • Paper 2: verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning

There are a few minutes at the beginning of each section for practice questions, which are not marked.

Paper 1: English and maths

English (30 minutes): the English section involves a comprehension exercise to assess your child's reading ability. There are also some questions designed to assess literacy skills like grammar, punctuation and vocabulary. Question types vary, but may include choosing the best words to complete a sentence, finding synonyms and antonyms, and spotting mistakes in sentences.

Maths (30 minutes): the maths test covers a variety of national curriculum topics up to the start of Year 6. It's important that your child knows their times tables and has a working knowledge of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), as well as fractions, decimals, percentage, ratio, area, perimeter, and measurements. They should also be familiar with worded maths problems.

Paper 2: Reasoning

While both sections are about the same length, the non-verbal reasoning section is split into smaller parts which are administered and timed individually.

Verbal reasoning: your child is tested on their ability to analyse and solve problems with written information.

Non-verbal reasoning: this type of reasoning involves analysing visual information and solving problems using shapes, diagrams and pictures.

Unlike English and maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning are not taught at primary school and are intended to be a measure of a child's academic potential, rather than the knowledge they have gained.

There is a useful familiarisation booklet on the Kent council website, which gives examples of the types of questions in each exam. It also shows what the answer sheet looks like.

Writing exercise

In addition to Paper 1 and Paper 2, children taking the Kent Test also complete a creative writing exercise. This isn’t formally marked and doesn’t form part of the total scores, but it may be used by a local headteacher panel in borderline cases or in an appeal. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes of planning time.

Learn about each subject in detail and get free preparation resources:

What is the pass mark for Wilmington Grammar School for Girls?

Children generally need a total score of 332 or more to be considered for a Kent grammar school. Children also need to score above 109 in each section (English, maths and reasoning) to be considered for a place. The highest possible total score on the Kent Test is 423.

The cut-off score can only be decided once that year's papers have been marked and ranked, admissions criteria applied, and places offered to 180 children.

How is the Kent Test scored?

After your child takes the exam, their scores are age-standardised. Your child is given three standardised scores: one for English, one for maths and one for reasoning, as well as a total score. The total scores are ranked in order and the admissions criteria applied.

Achieving a particular score doesn't guarantee a place at the school, as it's likely to be oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies and oversubscription criteria for your target schools.

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls admission criteria

The school has a planned admission number (PAN) of 180. Girls with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) naming the school are offered places first.

The remaining places are offered to girls who pass the Kent Test. Children are ranked in order by their exam score, and are prioritised for places in this order:

1. Looked After and previously Looked After Children.

2. Girls with a sibling at the school or at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys.

3. Children of school staff who have been employed for two or more years.

4. Governor places: awarded to girls who have done exceptionally well in the maths paper of the Kent Test and live within 5 miles of the school. These places are given to the highest-scoring 18 girls. In the case of tied scores, distance will be used.

5. Girls who live within 1.5 miles of the schools and girls living in the priority parishes and wards (below). Priority within this area is given to children eligible for Pupil Premium.

6. Other children who receive Pupil Premium and live within 3 miles of the school.

7. All other eligible girls, ranked according to the distance from their home to the school, measured in a straight line.

Wilmington Grammar School for Girls catchment area

As part of its admissions policy, Wilmington Grammar School for Girls prioritises girls who live within 1.5 miles of the school and girls who live in these parishes and wards:

Ash Cum Ridley, Badgers Mount, Bean, Crockenhill, Darenth, Dartford, Dunton Green, Eynsford, Farningham, Fawkham, Halstead, Hartley, Hextable, Horton Kirby & South Darenth, Istead Rise (ward), Kemsing, Longfield & New Barn, Meopham, Otford, Shoreham, Southfleet, Stanstead, Stone, Sutton at Hone & Hawley, Swanley, Swanscome & Greenhithe, West Kingsdown, Wilmington, and Wrotham.

A map is available in the school's admissions policy.

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address Parsons Land Wilmington DA2 7BB
Phone 01322222607
Region Kent


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Girls


Virtual Open Day 31/8/2022 - 31/8/2023 More details
Academic Exam 7/9/2023 - 9/9/2023 The Kent Test will take place on: Thursday 7 September 2023 for children who go to school in Kent the weekend of Saturday 9 September 2023 for children who go to school outside Kent.
Registration 1/6/2023 - 3/7/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024
CAF form 31/10/2023
Test Results Day 18/10/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 180
Standardised Yes
Age Standardised No
Total Number of Exams 3
Number of Rounds 1
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL)
  • Consortium (CONSORTIUM)

Exam Styles

  • Mixed (MC & STD)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Kent Familiarisation Paper View Mixed Subjects

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

  • How do I apply for Pupil Premium at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls?
    Parents eligible for Pupil Premium should promptly inform the school using the provided email address on the school’s website.
  • Can students from outside Kent apply for the 11+ admissions test at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls?
    Yes, children attending independent schools or residing outside Kent can apply for the 11+ admissions test by contacting the Testing Administrator.
  • What if I miss the preference notification deadline for Wilmington Grammar School for Girls?
    Timely preference notification to your home Local Authority is essential. Missing the deadline might affect your child’s admission process, so ensure prompt submission before the specified closing date.