The Grammar Stream

September 2018 Entry

The grammar stream is an academic stream for higher ability pupils. In years 7-9 pupils will study a more academic curriculum which includes two modern foreign languages as well as Latin. At Key Stage 4 it is expected that pupils in the grammar stream will study academic GCSEs, including separate sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry), a foreign language and at least one humanities subject. After their GCSEs pupils in the grammar stream should expect to progress to academic subjects such as A Levels or the International Baccalaureate with the view of going to university or higher level apprenticeships after that. All pupils at The Malling School are encouraged to learn to play a musical instrument but this is particularly true of pupils in the grammar stream.

Pupils can move in or out of the grammar stream throughout their time at the school with places depending on continued academic progress. If a pupil in a non-grammar stream group makes exceptional progress or teachers report higher than average academic ability they will be moved into the grammar stream. Likewise, if a pupil is finding the work too challenging and needs some additional support they can be moved to a non- grammar stream group.     

Entry to the grammar stream is determined by a range of indicators and is not based solely upon one test. We use our own assessments as well as Key Stage 2 outcomes from primary school to determine grammar stream places at the start of Year 7. Further formal and informal assessments take place throughout the school year to ensure that pupils are in the right groups.

There is no limit to the number of pupils that can be accommodated in the grammar stream but typically there will be either one or two classes, depending on the ability of the cohort in any given year.

Pupils who gain a place at The Malling School in 2018 will be guaranteed a place in the grammar stream at the start of Year 7 if they meet any one of the following criteria:

  • They have a standardised score not less than 12 points below the Kent Test threshold (in 2017 this equates to a score of 308 or above with no single score less than 94)
  • They have a standardised score not less than 15 points below the Medway Test threshold (In 2017 this equates to a score of 480 or above)
  • They achieve an average Cognitive Ability Test score of 112 or above
  • They achieve a Key Stage 2 scaled score of 117 or above

Parents will need to provide proof of the Kent or Medway Test score at their induction interview or by sending a copy to the school office when accepting a place. The Cognitive Ability Tests are carried out in the summer term at The Malling School and Key Stage 2 scores are available to the school in July.

Other pupils will have access to the grammar stream if our own assessments suggest they have the ability to cope with the additional demands of these groups.