Consultation on the Admission Arrangements for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Admissions Policy 2020-2021


Advice to Parents Following Kent Test Results

We do hope the Kent Test result has gone in your son’s favour. Please do be aware that whilst the school’s over-subscription criteria mentions the elevated pass mark, we do not expect to fill on this and that there will be plenty of places for those who simply passed the Kent Test.            

Year 7 Admissions

Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys complies with the Co-ordinated Admission Scheme which is administered by Kent County Council.  To be considered for a place at the normal point of entry to the school (Year 7) boys must have gained a selective assessment through the Kent Process for Entry to Secondary Education and named the school on their Kent Secondary Common Application Form.  Once the school have confirmed that those seeking a place have met the entry requirement to the school, all children who name the school are ranked in accordance with the oversubscription criteria.  Details of the Kent PESE are available from the Kent County Council booklet “Admission to Secondary School in Kent 2018”.  There is no guarantee of a place to applicants if the school is oversubscribed.

The Published Admissions Number (PAN) in Y7 is 120. The school is currently oversubscribed in all year groups.

Our Admissions Policy and Oversubscription policy can be found here.

For admission enquiries please email


If you name this school as one of your preferences on the SCAF but are unsuccessful in gaining a place for your child you have the right to appeal against this decision.

If you wish to exercise this right you must complete the Appeal Form here and send it to the school before the deadline of Thursday 28th March 2019.

The appeals for Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys will be heard during the week beginning 13th May 2019.

All appellants will be sent written notice of the date of their appeal at least 10 school days in advance of the hearing, unless they have waived this right. If an appellant fails to attend or is unable to attend, but it is impractical to offer an alternative date, the appeal will go ahead and be decided on the written information supplied by them.

If you would like some general guidance on the appeal process please email

Other useful guidance and help can be found at:

The Advisory Centre for education Tel: 0808 800 5793   www.ace‐ 

Waiting List

If you wish your son to be placed on our waiting list, please complete and return the request form which is available for download HERE.  Please note that only boys who have passed the Kent Test are eligible to go on the waiting list for a place in Year 7.

Kent Test Practice Papers

If your child is sitting, or may be sitting, the Kent Test for entry to a grammar school, you might be interested to know that the company who create the tests for KCC (GL Assessment) now have free familiarisation tests published on their website HERE

In-Year Casual Admissions

If you wish your child to be considered for admission into the Langton you will need to submit an In Year Casual Admission Application. You can download a form here.

Please note that the school is currently oversubscribed in all year groups.

An explanation of School Roll Numbers

The school has a published admission number of 120 which means that once 120 places have been allocated the school is full.  The school will not offer more than 120 place in year 7.  This admission number equates to four forms of 30 students and to admit additional children may be prejudicial to the effective provision of education.  Only in exceptional circumstances may the school admit more children, for example, where an appeal has been upheld or where the Local Authority has applied its additional powers in relation to children in care or where a fair access decision has been taken in line with the School Admissions Code.

When a place becomes available in the school, it will be offered to the child at the top of the waiting list.  The school would expect the place to be taken up immediately.  If not, it may be offered to the next child on the waiting list.  In some circumstances, if it becomes available close to the end of term, then arrangements may be agreed for a start at the beginning of the next school term, to avoid disruption to education.

Where students have not met the entry requirements through PESE the school cannot offer a place regardless of the numbers in the Year group.Where a place is refused on these grounds parents would have the right to lodge an appeal against the decision not to admit.  Under these circumstances the appeal panel may look to the parents to provide evidence that the test results did not accurately reflect academic ability.  The school would expect a panel to be entirely satisfied by the evidence presented that the child has the academic ability to enable him to successfully integrate into the school and keep pace with the lessons at the school.

It should be noted that:

In the past 12 years no appeal panel has ever instructed the school to make an offer of admission when the student in question achieved significantly low marks in the entrance tests.

The school does not maintain a waiting list for Years 8 – 13 and only between September and December for Year 7 boys.   In Year Casual Admissions are dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis. Places will not be held open once an offer has been made.

In year admission to the school can be made directly, the school will make the necessary arrangements to test any boys seeking a place and the outcome of any testing will be provided prior to any appeal being heard.

Admission into Year 9 in June of each year

The school is able to take additional boys into Year 9 during the final term in each academic year (which starts in June). Class sizes are reduced at this stage as Langton students split into their option groups for GCSE subjects and become Year 9+.

In many ways this is the best time for a Year 9 boy to join the school; he would be amongst other boys in the same situation and the Langton’s own students would also be moving into classes with boys they have not previously been to lessons with.

Boys seeking admission into Year 9+ would be required to sit the entrance tests and the same procedures described above with regards to the entrance test results would apply.

Boys wishing to join us for Year 9+ must attend a testing day which will take place on Wednesday 27th February.    Please download, complete and return the Application Form here to Susan Begg.

NB  Boys attending the testing day must be at the school by 9.15 am.  The tests will start promptly at 9.30 am.  Further details will be sent to anyone submitting the application form.

Admission into Year 10

In most circumstances boys would not benefit from joining the school in Year 10.  This is because Langton students start their GCSE syllabuses in Year 9+ and boys joining after that time would be significantly disadvantaged and required to spend a lot of time on private study during evenings, weekends and holidays be working at the level of their peers.

Admission into Year 11

For similar reasons stated above, parents seeking a Year 11 place should make appropriate enquiries as to the suitability of the curriculum offer available..

If you require any further information please contact Mrs Susan Begg Admissions Manager,

Sixth Form Admission into Years 12 and 13

Enquiries regarding admission into the Sixth Form should be directed to Mr Joe Eagle, Director of Studies

If you would like to know how far you live from the school you can go to

Scroll down the page to get to ‘Schools Near Me’.  Enter your postcode and search for schools within, say,  10 miles.  This will bring up a list of all the schools in alphabetical order with a distance calculated to one decimal point.  This distance is a guide only as the final distances will be calculated to seven decimal points.