Entry to The Judd School is through the Kent assessment procedure. Your son must have gained a “Grammar assessment” in the Kent PESE (11+) test to be considered for a place here at The Judd School.
Our Admission Criteria for September 2021 can be found on our website. In brief, we have 157 places available for the Inner Area and 23 places available for the Outer Area, making our total Published Admission Number (PAN) 180.
We reserve up to 5 Inner area places for students registered in the current academic year for Free School Meals (FSM), who would not otherwise qualify for a place through the allocation process. Scores are ranked according to aggregate score on the Kent PESE tests, the highest score being given the highest rank. Any of the 5 FSM places unallocated will be available to students eligible for Pupil Premium, again ranked according to aggregate score on the Kent PESE tests, the highest score being given the highest rank.
Applicants in this category will need to fill out a Supplementary Information Form and submit this directly to us by 31 October 2020.
In September 2019, the school opened a Specialist Resource Provision; up to 4 students will be admitted each year to the resourced provision. These places are reserved for students with an Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) with a diagnosis of ASD and would be allocated by the local authority, NOT by the school. These places would be in addition to the PAN of 180.
However, before the application of oversubscription criteria, other children with an Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number of 180 would be reduced accordingly.
Once applications are received by Kent County Council via completed SCAFs (Secondary Common Application Forms), we are asked to rank the scores of those who have listed The Judd School in any preference position. Again, for this year we will be ranking two lists (Inner/Outer Area) first by score and then distance, with 5 places for the Inner area for FSM/Pupil Premium students, ranked by score, as mentioned above.
Our ranked list is then returned to KCC who make offers on our behalf on National Offer Day, Monday 1 March 2021.
When receiving queries from parents regarding the cut-off score for The Judd School this year, we can only refer to historic figures. For your information, therefore, only as a guide, the lowest score offered on 2 March 2020 was 385 for the Inner Area and 407 for the Outer Area. Following re-allocation from the waiting list, the lowest score reduced to 384 for the Inner Area and it dropped to 402 for the Outer Area. There are usually around 20 places allocated from the waiting list(s), so it is well worth going on the list(s) if you are just below the initial cut-off score.
We do not yet know what score will be required for entry to our school; furthermore, we would suggest that no one is in a good position to declare authoritatively on the matter. What is clear is that the ‘equal preference’ scheme works well and so we encourage parents to order the schools on their SCAF in their genuine preference order.
Should you not be successful in securing a place at the school, you can find out more information about the appeals process on our website.