Admission into Year 7 in September 2020

National Offer Day for admission into Year 7 in September 2020 is on Monday 2nd March 2020. You will be notified to which school your child has been allocated through your own local authority.

Candidates who have been offered a place at Kendrick School have now been sent an email which contains important information regarding induction events and documentary evidence of proof of address.  Candidates who are on the waiting list have also been sent an mail from us confirming their waiting list place as at 2nd March 2020.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before contacting the school with any queries. Please note that we cannot provide any further information other than the information provided in the FAQs.

Waiting List 

The waiting list has moved 6 places since 2nd March 2020. 

Open Evening - Recording of Talks 

Our Open Evening took place on Thursday 25th April 2019. We are unable to offer individual tours of the school but please Click here for the recording of the talks during the evening.

Admission into Year 7 in September 2020 

Admission Policy for Entry into Year 7 in September 2020

Admission to Year 7 in September 2020 is by entrance examination.  The test consists of two papers assessing verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability. 

Testing will take place on Saturday 14th September 2019 and parents will be able to register their child online for the test from 1st May 2019 and no later than midnight on Friday 14th June 2019.  Parents will receive notification of the test outcome prior to the deadline for completion of the Common Application Form.  

Please click on the link below for the slides from the admission presentation at Open Evening. 

Open Day Admission Process Presentation

Widening Horizons - Pupil Premium/Service Premium/Child in Care 

As part of the Widening Horizons Project, Kendrick School offers the following support for pupil premium students for entry into Year 7 at Kendrick School from September 2020:

  • score of 5 points lower than the qualifying score will be applied for pupil premium or service premium students and Looked After Children and Children in Care, whose permanent home address is within Priority Area 1 and Priority Area 2 of the designated area.
  • Our Admission policy prioritises pupil premium students which means that all pupil premium students which achieve this lower qualifying  score and live within our Priority Area (1 and 2) and put Kendrick School as first choice on their Local Authority secondary school application form will be offered a place at Kendrick School
  • All pupil premium students which apply to sit the Admission test for 2020 entry are offered free familiarisation program for the Admission test in the summer and start of the autumn term 2019 which will also help their current school work. This will include free after school sessions at Kendrick School and free access to an online package.

For more information on the Widening Horizons project please click on the link below or email  Eligibility will be sought from the primary school.

Kendrick School - Widening Horizons

Designated Area 

Kendrick School operate a designated area as part of its oversubscription criteria.   The address which will be used for consideration for this purpose will be the applicant’s permanent address at 31st August 2019.  For more information on the designated area, please click on the link below.

Designated Area 

Familiarisation Booklet 

This familiarisation booklet is designed to inform parents and candidates about the Entrance Test in order to:

  • Give a feel for the appearance of the actual assessment
  • Introduce some of the symbols and phrases used in the assessment
  • Inform parents and candidates of the invigilation procedure
  • Indicate the range of disciplines that will be tested
  • Highlight the range of answer formats used in the assessment.

This booklet also includes examples to indicate the range of skills required to complete the assessment and the manner in which questions are answered. This familiarisation booklet is NOT definitive and the inclusion of any question types does not guarantee that they will be found in the final assessment.

Please note: There are no practice test papers for this assessment: resources available in bookshops or on the internet are not genuine CEM resources. This familiarisation booklet is the only official CEM 11+ resource available for this assessment.


Applying to Take the Test 

Test Day Arrangements - Saturday 14th September 2019 

The test day instructions have now (Wednesday 10th July) been sent out to all candidates sitting the admission tests at Kendrick School on Saturday 14th September 2019. If you have not received this email by Friday 12th July, please first check your junk/spam folder before emailing giving your daughter's full name, date of birth, and Unique ID.  Please do not telephone the school with your query.

Candidates who have requested special arrangements will be sent a separate email by 19th July. 

The generic test day instructions can be downloaded below:

Generic Test Day Instructions - Morning Session

Generic Test Day Instructions - Afternoon Session


Test Results and Standardisation

Papers are marked centrally by CEM who then carry out a standardisation process.
Standardisation is a statistical procedure whereby raw scores (number of questions answered correctly) are converted to standardised scores to make it fair for candidates of all ages. The procedure takes into account the scores and ages of all the candidates that take the test on the same day and for the same school.


If your child is not offered a place at the school of your choice, you have a right to appeal against this decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. 

Appeals should be lodged to:
School Appeals Clerk
Committee Services
Reading Borough Council
Civic Offices
Bridge Street
Reading  RG1 2LU

Sarah Wilson – Tel: 0118 937 2532 – Email:

Please visit for more information.

The deadline for submitting an appeal is 30th March 2020.