Only boys who attain the required standard in the prescribed arrangements
for selection by reference to ability and aptitude will be eligible to be
considered for admission to the School.
Eligibility for consideration
These arrangements require that, in order to be eligible for consideration
for admission to the School at age 11, would-be pupils must either
(a) be recommended by the head teacher of their primary school as
suitable for a grammar school education and attain satisfactory scoring
across tests taken at Dover Grammar School for Boys. The tests used will
be Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Tests and tests set to address the
National Curriculum Key Stage 2 targets in English and Mathematics. The
minimum scoring for entry will be that which will reasonably predict that
at the end of Year 11 the candidate will attain qualifications sufficient
to embark on Sixth Form studies at the School, given the curriculum
through the School with its particular spread of subjects, time allocation
to them and style of delivery. It is anticipated that this level will
correspond approximately with that which would be attained or exceeded by
25% of the age group nationally. Arrangements to take the tests will be
announced by the governing body in the local press.
or (b) be selected for grammar school education by the procedures of any
local education authority.
The maximum number of intended admissions for the year commencing 1st
September 2003 will be 120 at age 11.
Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available,
the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to
decide which eligible children to admit.
Eligible boys who are in the care of Kent County Council.
Eligible boys who have a brother currently attending this School.
Eligible boys who by the location of their homes have the greatest ease of
access to the School.
The measure used is the shortest available walking route from home to
school, which may include footpaths.
Priority may be given to boys who live closer to the School, but for whom
this is not the nearest school.
Places will be allocated according to the over-subscription criteria
without regard to the dates on which candidates are identified as being
eligible for consideration. In particular, places will not be offered
until all those who applied before the deadline have had their ability
In the case of over-subscription, after all places have been offered
following the criteria, a waiting list will be kept in case some boys
prove unable to take up the places offered. Eligible boys will be placed
on a waiting list in descending order, according to the over-subscription
Admission to other age groups up to Year 11
Applicants of other ages will be tested to ascertain their ability in
comparison to pupils already at the School in the appropriate cohort. If
they are of at least the same standard and there are spare places
available, they will be admitted.
Admission to the Sixth Form
Prospective Year 12 students who wish to take courses offered by the
School must demonstrate motivation and ability appropriate to the course
as measured by their performance at GCSE or equivalent. Three GCSEs at
grade B or above plus two at grade C or above will normally be regarded as
a minimum requirement. Students wishing to transfer from other schools
into the Sixth Form may make application. In the event of
over-subscription priority will be given to those students transferring
from lower years in Dover Grammar School for Boys.
The School will agree any changes to its admissions arrangements with the
Secretary of State for Education. It will establish arrangements for
appeals against non-admission which will include an independent element.
Details of admissions and appeals arrangements will be published each