Thursday 12 October is the day the Kent Test email is sent out. Here are a few useful details:

1) The email is due out at 4pm but the Medway emails were up to 5 hours late this week so prepare for a wait and do check your junk folder.

2) The email will just say the basics of whether your child has been selected or not for a grammar place. You need your codes ready to go on to the website from 5pm, where you should find the score breakdown.

3) Pass marks are adjusted every year so you will be told the levels needed for a pass on the site at the time.

4) The cut-off points for individual schools will be unknown until March next year when school offers are released. Last year’s scores are usually displayed on their websites, but they do shift from year to year.

Results day may well live with your child forever and it is so important to handle it well. Hopefully it will be great news, but it is a good idea to prepare yourself for bad news beforehand and decide how you want to handle it. Your child won’t know when the email is coming out so you can check scores online for the detail of what has happened. Armed with that data you will be in a better position to explain a bad result and come up with a plan to minimise anxiety going forward.

It is a good idea to decide beforehand whether a grammar place is right for your child. Be honest with yourself if you feel he or she would do better at the top end of a less academic school.  If you are unsure, please speak to one of us (or your child’s school).

If you wish to pursue a grammar place, book a meeting with your child’s headteacher and find out if you have their support. Please don’t hesitate to ask for our advice too – we have had plenty of success with appeals and know the process inside-out.

As with all our club sessions, we believe that knowledge is power. You can’t control the result but you can control how you communicate it to your child. If we can help in any way please get in touch.

Best wishes and fingers crossed,

Hayley, Deborah, Charlotte, Fran and Helen