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  • Invicta Grammar School
    Huntsman Lane
    ME14 5DR
  • Head: Mrs Van Beales
  • T 01622 755856
  • F 01622 678584
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,640 (1,597 girls, 43 boys); sixth formers: 388 (345 girls, 43 boys)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: October and November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th September 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

There’s some clever use of budgets going on here. It looks very swish indeed compared with the majority of old-fashioned and crumbling grammars in the region. Recent results put the school as the best in Maidstone by a long shot. Parents told us about ping pong balls being bounced off walls to illustrate science theories and of hat wearing and role playing to bring history alive. It’s rare for students to find lessons boring here and rarer still for pupils to become disaffected or disengaged with the curriculum although they ...

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What the school says...

Entrance tests set by local LEA (Maths, VR and non VR).

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2021, Van Beales, who joined Invicta in 2006 as a maths teacher, later becoming head of maths, then assistant head, deputy head and head of upper school before taking the helm. She is also executive headteacher of SST, a new school within the Valley Invicta Academies Trust. She was educated in Vietnam and did an MBA in London, working as a radio presenter at BBC World Service after beginning her career as a journalist and a PR at IBM.


Girls must pass the Kent 11+ in order to apply. In case of oversubscription, priority goes to those with siblings in the school and then those living nearest, not to those scoring highest in the exam. Over 90 appeals per year, with varying success – mainly for those one or two points off, who’d...

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Who came from where

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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