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  • Maidstone Grammar School
    Barton Road
    ME15 7BT
  • Head: Mr M Tomkins
  • T 01622 752 101
  • F 01622 753 680
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,407; sixth formers: 357 (269 boys; 88 girls)
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: Open Evening for Year 7 entry: October; Sixth Form Open Evening: January
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 15th January 2019
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 26th September 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Practicals rule the roost in the science department – students told of dissecting hearts, throwing water on a chip pan fire and exploring alkaline metals. Even in normal classrooms, we noticed pupils absorbed in their lessons – who can blame them with a history lesson that had pupils on their edge of their seats with toe-curling Stalin stories and an English lesson with King Lear taught through role play? Asked what stands out most about the school, nearly every parent answered us with the same two words – ‘pastoral care.’ There is a strong sense of order and structure and the school is no soft touch when it comes to discipline. But pupils assured us…

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What the school says...

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

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Mark Tomkins BSc NPQH PGCE (40s). Grew up in Cheltenham, where he was educated at Arle Comprehensive and Pate's Grammar. Read maths at Birmingham, returning to Cheltenham to do his PGCE. Kent boys’ grammars have almost exclusively been his bread and butter, the first nine years spent at Dartford Grammar and latterly six years at The Judd, Tonbridge as deputy head.

Very tall and self-assured, he could easily appear intimidating. Instead, he is well liked by all and widely considered to have re-energised the school. ‘Very open-minded, I can’t commend him highly enough,’ said a parent, while another told us that he’s ‘very much in charge, with a great vision, but a real listener too.’ Pupils say he ‘know our names’ and ‘is always chatty.’

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Who came from where

Who goes 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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