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UCAS - School Contextual Information

The Judd School is a selective school in Tonbridge, Kent.  It is a boys’ school with a mixed Sixth Form.  The school is in an affluent area of West Kent and most families have a history of university attendance.  The school has 1,472 students on roll. 

Entry in Y7

Students gain entry through the Kent 11 plus – applications are ranked according to score.  The school admissions are split into two areas: Inner Area - broadly a West Kent area for 157 places, including an FSM/PP oversubscription criteria - and an Outer Area (all other postcodes) which accounts for 23 places. In addition, 4 places are allocated by the LA to students with an EHCP to our Specialist Resource Provision for students with Autism.

Performance at GCSE

Judd students perform at an exceptional level at GCSE.  Some key highlights include:

  • In recent years between 80 and 90% of students have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at 7 grade or better.
  • More than half of all grades are A*, 9 or 8 for the last six years in a row.
  • Around a quarter of Y11 gain GCSEs that are all grade 7 or better.

Students in year 11 are entered for 10 GCSEs and the most able mathematicians also take the Free Standing Maths Qualification (FSMQ) or the Further Mathematics GCSE.

The Sixth Form

The Sixth Form consists of more than 500 students.  Almost all of our Y11 students satisfy the entry requirements to return to Year 12, around 85% remain in the school, and they are joined by over 100 students from other schools (boys and girls) – entry is competitive with many travelling long distances (up to 30 miles). 

Students must achieve an average of 6.5 or better at GCSE to transfer in to the Sixth Form. As can be seen from the GCSE results, the majority of the entry to the Sixth Form is at a much higher level; in particular, those joining the Sixth Form from other schools, where the rank nature of our oversubscription criteria mean that we offer to GCSE averages of typically 7.5 and above.

Students are expected to study 4 subjects in Year 12, with approximately 40% continuing with 4 in Year 13; a small number in our current Year 13 study 5 subjects. All students have the opportunity to study for an Extended Project, with the most able students encouraged to do so. The school does not enter students for AS qualifications in reformed A level subjects.

Maths and Sciences are very popular at A Level. Together they make up around 60% of the A Level entries in the school.

Performance at A Level is strong.  In recent years 25% of A Level entries have been A* and over 85% of entries have been B grades or better.

Almost all the Sixth Form students progress to Higher Education and our students are rightly keen to make highly ambitious applications. Typically, 20 students receive offers from Oxford and Cambridge each year, and the majority gain places in selective courses at prestigious universities.