Admission into Year 7 in September 2021


The waiting list has moved 6 places since 1st March 2021 (updated 1st April 2021).

We have now sent out emails with the updated waiting list position.

WE KINDLY ASK THAT YOU DO NOT CONTACT THE SCHOOL ASKING FOR YOUR WAITING LIST POSITION. You will be contacted if your child is to be offered a place. 

Admission Test Day Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


The date of birth and/or primary school is incorrect on my child’s registration form. How can I correct this information?


Please do not return this registration form to Kendrick School but ensure your child brings it with her on the day of the test.  All the information on the registration form is provided by the parent/carer when completing the application form. However, if there are any errors on the form please amend the error on the form itself and advise us by emailing admissions@kendrick.reading.sch.ukPlease note that we will update our internal records but a new registration form will not be issued.


Please can you send me an updated registration form?


Unfortunately not. Please see the information above.


Can I print the registration form in black and white?


Yes. Black and white is fine.

Q My daughter is home schooled. How do I complete the registration form?
A If you are  home schooling your child you must attach a copy of photo ID and a birth certificate to the registration form. Please do not supply original documentation as we cannot keep this safe during the test session.


My home address has changed. How do I update you with the new address?


If you have moved into the designated area or changed priority area, we will require documentation to confirm the move. However, at this stage of the application process we will not be reviewing change of addresses and documentation until we have received the results. We will then only be in contact with you if your child has achieved the qualifying score.

Please note we are very stringent in our checking of address changes and will require a number of documents to confirm the move. We may also ask the Local Authority to make checks on our behalf which can involve home visits.


My daughter needs special arrangements for the test. Do I need to you let know?


Yes urgently! We need to know if your child needs special arrangements made for the test. This also includes letting us know if your child has any medical needs such as asthma or allergies. Treat the test as if your child was going on a school trip and let us know any relevant information that is important for their health and well-being.


How can we complete the CAF if we do not know the Kendrick School test results?


There is a coordinated admissions process in England with exchange of information between local authorities (LA). This means that you must apply to your home LA for any state-maintained secondary school in England. Parents/carers must apply for Year 7 secondary school place to their home local authority by 31st October 2020.  Preferences should be ranked with your most preferred school listed first (ie Preference 1).

You should list your school preferences in your genuinely preferred order.  You should contact your own Local Authority if you have any queries on completing the CAF.


How does the Equal Preference System work?


The “Equal Preference System” was created to prevent admission authorities (particularly where an individual school is the admission authority) giving higher priority to parents who make a particular school their first preference. The system is enshrined in the School Admissions Code and it has legal force.

Every school that you place on your Common Application Form (CAF) is treated as if it was a separate application – each one is equal – and the highest possible preference will be offered. The admission authority cannot discriminate against your application simply because you did not put a school in first place on the CAF.

Schools are not told where you ranked them in your preferences. Admission authorities are expressly forbidden by law (again, it is enshrined in the Admissions Code) from passing on this information.


I have not yet received my test day instructions. What do I do?


The test day instructions were sent by email on 21st September 2020. Please first check your spam/junk folder. If you still cannot find the email, please contact clearly stating your child’s full name, unique ID and date of birth.


Can my child bring a watch with her to the test?


No. Your child cannot bring the following items to the test:

  • A large bag. Where possible all the above items should be brought in a clear plastic bag
  • Dictionaries, rulers, calculators, scrap paper, protractors, stop watches, any electronic devices, or study notes.
  • Wrist watches/digital watches must NOT be worn.  Clocks are clearly displayed in all of the exam rooms. 
  • Mobile phones must NOT be brought into the examination room.  There is no provision for mobile phones to be looked after by a member of staff whilst the examinations are taking place.


Is there parking available on the school site on the day of the tests?


No. Please do not park or drop off in East Street or on the London Road. Please find a suitable place to park and walk to the school.


What is the Widening Horizons Initiative?


Students who are in receipt of pupil premium/service premium or is a child in care or previously in care have been invited to take part in familiarisation sessions taking place at Kendrick School and are receiving a free online familiarisation resource. All these applicants have been contacted by Kendrick School.

If your child is in receipt of free school meals, or has been in receipt of pupil premium over the last five years, is in receipt of service premium (children of UK armed forces personnel) or is a child in care or previously in care and you did not include this on your application form, please contact as soon as possible.

Q Can I change my child's test date?
A No. The only exception to this is if your child is self isolating, quarantining or has COVID symptoms (see below)

What happens if my child is displaying COVID symptoms, is self-isolating or quarantining?


If your child is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, self-isolating or quarantining, they must not attend the test. In this situation please email admissions@kendrick.reading.sch.ukCandidates will need to provide a doctor’s letter or provide proof that a COVID-19 test has been taken in order to sit the test at a later date.


During registration we consented for sharing our child's results with the Slough Consortium of Grammar Schools. However on the registration form there is no mention about it. Can you confirm that the results will be shared?

A In order for results to be shared with other schools in the Consortium you had to register individually with each school. There was no facility to 'tick' to share scores on the application form. We do not know if you have registered to share the results with another school and it will not be reflected on the registration form. You will therefore need to check with each school individually. If your child has sat the admission tests at the Slough Consortium and you asked for the results to be shared with Kendrick School by registering for our admission tests you will have received an email confirming the registration with a unique ID. 
Q What is the dress code for the admission test day?
A There is no dress code. Your child should come dressed in comfortable clothes. 
Q When and how we will get the admission test results?
A Notification that the test results are available will be sent to you by email. You will need your user ID and password to access the results. We cannot confirm at this stage when the results will be available, however, it will be before end of November 2020.
Q Can you tell me the password for my personal area on the portal?
A No. You will need to request a new password via this link.
Q I  no longer wish my child to take the admission tests. How do I withdraw her application?
A Please email giving your child's full name, date of birth and unique ID.
Q A friend has received a reminder about the tests next week. I have not received this email. Can you send it to me please?
A We are sending reminder emails out the day before each test. Therefore Monday tests have been sent today, Tuesdays will be sent on Monday, etc. Please don't worry if you have not received this email, it is just a summary of the test day arrangements sent on 21st September.

Admission into Year 7 in September 2021 

Admission to Year 7 in September 2021 is by entrance examination.  The test consists of two papers assessing verbal, numerical and non-verbal ability. 

Testing has been rescheduled to the week commencing 17th October 2020 and parents will be able to register their child online for the test from 1st May 2020 and no later than midnight on Wednesday 1st July 2020.  Parents will receive notification of the test outcome prior to the deadline for completion of the Common Application Form.

Please read the Admission Policy for Entry into Year 7 in September 2021 for more information.

Pupil Premium, Service Premium and Children in Care

Kendrick School’s Widening Horizons Project aims to work with local primary schools to raise aspirations of local children and raise awareness of Kendrick School.

The project includes providing six free familiarisation sessions for Year 5 pupil premium, service premium and children in care who live in the school’s designated area and who apply to take the admission test. 

Feedback from last year includes ‘It wasn’t boring and I had fun!’ and ‘It gave my daughter confidence that she could sit the exam because the familiarisation sessions built on her confidence’.

Students who are eligible for the pupil premium or service premium or is a child in care, and living within the schools’ designated area, will be prioritised for admission and the qualifying score will be lowered by 5 marks for these students.

Please come along to our Open Evening on Thursday 30th April 2020 for more information on Widening Horizons and how to register for the famialirisation sessions.

As part of the Widening Horizons initiative, Kendrick School is also running a Homework Club at Kendrick School on a Tuesday after school for girls in Years 3-6 who are in receipt of pupil premium, service premium or a child in care. Students are invited to come along and enjoy activities with Sixth Form students which will support their school work in a fun way. For more information on the Homework Club, or Widening Horizons in general, please email

Designated Area 

Kendrick School operate a designated area as part of its oversubscription criteria.   The designated area is made up of Priority Area 1 and Priority Area 2 and each area is determined by the postcode of the applicant’s permanent home address. Places will be offered to applicants who are ranked high enough according to the Admission Test scores and who reside within the designated area. This must be the applicant’s permanent home address with their parent/carer) at 31st August 2020. The school may ask for documentary evidence to support the application. Only if there are further places available will applicants who live outside the designated area be considered.

The address which will be used for consideration to be living within the designated area must be the applicant’s permanent home address at 31st August 2020. This also applies to applicants who are applying late due to exceptional circumstances. Evidence is required of a single address. The ‘permanent home address’ is defined as the permanent place of residence of the parent/carer with whom the applicant spends the majority of their time and the address that is used to complete the Common Application Form (CAF). In the cases where parents have shared responsibility for a student, the permanent home address will be where the student stays for the majority of the school week (Monday to Friday). The exception to this is if the family are returning from abroad to a previous home within the designated area (documentary evidence will be required to confirm this), are Crown Servants or members of the Armed Forces.

If the permanent home address changes between registering for the entrance test and 31st August 2020, Kendrick School will require documentary evidence of the new address. If the applicant’s permanent home address changes after 31st August 2020, the new address will only be taken into account after the deadline from the LA for accepting or declining a place (16th March 2020) and re-ranked as appropriate on the waiting list. In all cases applicants will need to provide evidence that the previous home is no longer used by the family, for example proof that the property has been sold or that it is no longer available for the family to live in or that a rental agreement has ended.

Once offers have been made, Kendrick School will require documentary evidence of the applicant’s permanent home address. This will include consideration as to whether or not the address used to make an application was temporary. Kendrick School reserves the right to carry out random checks at any time and this may include a home visit. Parents will be required to declare that the address used will be their place of residence beyond the date of the student starting school. Kendrick School reserves its right to carry out further investigation of any change of address once the student has started school.

Please click here for the list of postcodes that make up the designated area and information on temporary addresses and multiple properties.

Applying to Take the Test 

The deadline for applying to take the admission tests for entry into Year 7 in September 2021 was Wednesday 1st July 2020. Late applications will NOT be accepted unless there are exceptional circumstances. Please see the admissions policy for more information.

Please see the Admission Guidelines below.

Kendrick School - Admission Guidelines for Entry into Year 7 in September 2021

Before contacting the school with any queries, please read the FAQs below. 

Frequently Asked Questions - Entry into Year 7 in September 2021

Accessing Your Personal Application Area 

  • Your User ID and password gives you access to your own personal page where you can see messages from the school, view and amend the information you have provided on the application form and print the registration form required for the test day.
  • After 1st July 2020, any changes to the application form should be notified to Kendrick School. 
  • Your email address or daughter’s photo cannot be amended after 1st July 2020.
  • You have the option to do the following using the user name and password:
    • To download a printable copy of your completed application (with photograph) 
    • To update details about your child where there has been either a change since registering or to correct an error made 
    • To add or to change the photograph of your child

The link to access your personal page is: 

Test Day  

Admission tests for entry into Year 7 in September 2021 for all applicants sitting the tests at Kendrick School will take place during the week beginning Saturday 17th October 2020 and no later than Friday 23rd October 2020. 

Testing day arrangements will be sent out by mid-September 2020. We ask that you do not contact the school to request more information but to wait for your test day arrangements email and/or visit your personal admission test area on our website via this link: Year 7 2021 Admissions Portal

Other schools within the Consortium of 19 other Grammar Schools may be administering the tests on different dates. If you have registered for your child’s score to be shared with other schools in the Consortium, their score will still be shared regardless of what date the tests are held on.  It is not possible to change your child’s test venue under any circumstance and it is only possible to sit the test in one venue.

The Common Application Form (CAF) is administered by your local authority and is where you place your preferences for your child’s secondary schooling by 31st October 2020.  By delaying the test until the dates above, you will not get the results of the entrance test until after the deadline for CAF completion.  You will therefore need to make your CAF choices very carefully and ensure you name Kendrick School on the CAF if you wish your child to be considered for entry to Kendrick School. You should list the schools on the CAF in your genuinely preferred order.

IMPORTANT: The above test dates could change if circumstances and/or government guidance requires us to do so.

Kendrick School will use the same Admission Test as a number of other Grammar Schools, including Reading School and the Slough Consortium. Applicants for any of these schools may only take the test once. If it is found that an applicant has taken the test twice, the raw scores for the first attempt will be used for the standardisation process.

Applicants who wish to attend an entrance test for another school being held on the same day as the Kendrick School Admission Test will not be permitted to sit the Kendrick School Admission Test on an alternative day. This will not be deemed as an exceptional circumstance.

There will be two test sessions at Kendrick School - morning and afternoon and applicants will be sent full test day instructions in mid July 2020. Applicants cannot make a preference for which session they attend.  

There will be two tests each of length approximately one hour. There will be a short break between the two test sessions. Each test will assess Verbal, Non Verbal and Numerical ability. Applicants are expected to show competence in skills appropriate to Key Stage 2 English and Mathematics, and to be able to apply these skills creatively.
There are no practice papers but a Familiarisation Booklet will be published on the school website as soon as it is made available but no later than when registration opens on 1st May 2020.

The raw scores will be age standardised and the ranking is determined by the aggregate of the age standardised scores of both tests.

GENERIC TEST DAY INSTRUCTIONS (please refer to your email to confirm exact date and timings)

Results of the Admission Tests

The results for the Kendrick School admission tests for entry into Year 7 in September 2021 are accessible via the link below. To access the results you will need your User ID and the password you set when completing the application form.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below before contacting the school with any queries. Please note that we are not able to personally answer your question if the answer is within this document.

All parents/carers will be notified to which school their child has been allocated. They will be informed by the home LA, on the national offer date, 1st March 2021

Oversubscription Criteria

All applicants will be ranked according to their performance in the tests. Oversubscription criteria will be applied if there are more applicants than the 128 places available. A qualifying score will be determined (to two decimal places) for candidates in categories 3-6 of the oversubscription criteria below. A qualifying score of 5 points lower than this score will be applied for candidates in categories 1 and 2 of the oversubscription criteria below (Pupil Premium/Service Premium/Child in Care).

Offers will be made from the ranked list in the following order and within each category:

1) The applicant is a looked after child or previously looked after child 

Any such an applicant in 1) above, provided she has achieved the lower qualifying score, will be offered a place even if she is not ranked in the top 128 places.

2) The permanent home address of the applicant is within Priority Areas 1 and 2 of the designated area of the school at 31st August 2020 and the applicant is in receipt of Pupil Premium or Service Premium. Documentary evidence, or confirmation from the applicant’s current primary school that the child is in receipt of Pupil Premium or Service Premium will be required.

Any such applicant in 2) above, provided she has achieved the lower qualifying score and her permanent home address is within Priority Areas 1 and 2 of the designated area of the school, will be offered a place even if she is not ranked in the top 128 places. The total number of places offered will remain, however, at 128.

Offers will then be made from the ranked list, according to the ranked order until up to 75% (96) of places have been offered:

3) The permanent home address of the applicant is within Priority Areas 1 and 2 of the designated area of the school and this has been the permanent home address of the parent(s)/carer(s) and the applicant at 31st August 2020.

The remaining 25% (32) places will be offered in the following order, according to the ranked order until all places in total have been offered:

4) The permanent home address of the applicant is within Priority Area 1 of the designated area and this home address has been the permanent home address of the parent(s)/carer(s) and the applicant at 31st August 2020.
5) The permanent home address of the applicant is within the Priority Area 2 of the designated area and this home address has been the address of the parent(s)/carer(s) and the applicant at 31st August 2020.
6) Applicants whose permanent home address is NOT in the designated area of the school.

The ranked list of the remaining applicants with a qualifying score will be used to offer further places (still using the categories of the oversubscription criteria) if any original offers are declined either by the LA because a place is offered at the parents/carers higher preference school or by the parents/carers themselves. This will be called the waiting list.

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.

The guides below tells you about the different types of questions you will be asked when you take the test for real. It will also help you to understand how to use an answer sheet correctly. You may print copies of these books, for your own use, to practise answering questions and marking your answers on the answer sheet.