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Admissions Criteria

Admission Year 7 - Students must have gained a selective place through the Kent PESE and placed Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School on their Kent Secondary Common Application Form, in order to be eligible for admission. Details of the Kent PESE are available on the Kent County Website HERE. There is no guarantee of a place to applicants who meet the over-subscription criteria.

Sixth Form Admissions arrangements - The School has a mixed Sixth Form.  Priority will be given to existing students transferring from Year 11.  The admission number for external candidates will be 80, but this figure may be exceeded in the event that this, the number of internal students transferring into Year 12 and the number of students transferring into Year 13 are less than the overall total figure for the Sixth Form, which is 400. 

The school is an academic institution where the expectation is that students will achieve top grades at A Level.  The admissions criteria for the Sixth Form are as follows:

  • Students should achieve eight GCSE passes in full courses at grade 9 – 5, including Mathematics and English Language
  • A Grade 7 or better is desired for a place on his or her chosen course and a Grade 6 is essential
  • Students should achieve a Grade 7 7 in Trilogy Science and at least a Grade 6 in Maths to study Chemistry and Biology, and a Grade 7 in Maths to study Physics
  • Students who have not studied a subject at GCSE and who wish to take up that subject at A level will be able to discuss and explore this as a possibility on a case by case basis
  • Students who have studied non-GCSE qualifications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis

Further details regarding course offer, subject specific entry criteria, course content, examination boards, the Langton Extended Curriculum and the Careers Curriculum can be found under the Sixth Form tab.

Where learners have achieved better results than their predicted grades, they will be considered based on the grades achieved and ranked accordingly for any places that become available as a result of other learners failing to meet the required entry levels.

Oversubscription Criteria

Following the admission of internal students transferring from Year 11, all remaining places will be allocated to students who have met the entry requirements for the particular course of study. Where there are more students seeking places than the number of places available, the oversubscription criteria will be applied in the order set out above to rank students, until the overall figure for the year group is reached.

After a place has been offered the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:

  1. When the parent or learner has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time (2 weeks).
  2. When a parent or learner has failed to notify the school of important changes to the application information
  3. The place was offered on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from the parent or learner.

Offers and Appeals

Offers will be made on the basis of predicted performance at GCSE, with the requirement that the above grades are achieved in the final examinations prior to entry to the Sixth Form and the student’s chosen subjects can be accommodated on the timetable in feasible group sizes.

All offers made during Year 11 are conditional on students meeting the grade criteria specified and will only become firm offers upon confirmation of actual GCSE results.

Offers will be made via Kent Choices before the end of May. Offers will be confirmed once the school has seen verification of GCSE results in August. Where students have achieved better results than the predicted grades, they will be considered based on the grades achieved and ranked accordingly for any places that become available as a result of other students failing to meet the required entry levels.

Parents have a statutory right of appeal, should an application for a place be refused, by writing to the Local Authority, Legal and Democratic Services.

Application process

All applications to Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar should be made via Kent Choices.

We will consider applications made after March 1st on a case-by-case basis.  

In Year Admissions

An ‘In Year admission’ is the process whereby you apply for a place at a school if your child is already attending school and you wish to move them to another school.  Applications for admission to the school at any time other than the start of Year 7 should be made via the school by completing an In Year Casual Admissions Form (IYCAF). A copy of the form can be found HERE, this must be submitted directly to the school via post or email to post@langton.kent.sch.uk

Applicants will be tested by the school to obtain evidence of their ability to keep pace with the work at this selective school.  Students will be tested in English, Maths, Science and a Modern Foreign Language (we offer French, German and Spanish), and will be based on material that your child should have studied according to the National Curriculum for her age group. 

The school admits eligible students who are successful in our Admissions Tests where places are available in Years 7 – 9.  Admission part way through the preparation for GCSE examinations (Years 10 & 11) is not advisable, and would only be made in exceptional circumstances where a place is available. Please be aware that places offered must be taken up within three weeks of the offer being made. We are unable to hold places for longer than this time without there being very exceptional circumstances.

Parents will be advised of the outcome of their application.  Should an application be refused, parents have a statutory right of appeal and they should write to: The Appeal Panel Administrator, Kent County Council, Legal and Democratic Services, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent. ME14 1XQ

Further information can be found HERE

Criteria for Over-subscription

Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order under Part IV of the Act.

Current Family Association - a brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

Health and Special Access Reasons - Medical / Health and Special Access Reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’, physical or mental health or social need means there is a demonstrable and significant need for their child to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.

Nearness of children's homes to school – The distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school is measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

In the event of any of the above criteria being oversubscribed, priority will be given based on distance as described above with those closest being given higher priority. In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.

If siblings from multiple births (twins, triplets, etc) apply for a school and the school would reach its Published Admission Number (PAN) after admitting one or more, but before admitting all of those siblings, the LA will offer a place to each of the siblings, even if doing so takes the school above its PAN.

Parents have a statutory right of appeal, should an application for a place be refused, by writing to the Local Authority, Legal & Democratic Services.


KCC Admissions Arrangements

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