Kent

Medway Council makes 11-plus changes after complaints

Pupils in Medway will be able to take the 11-plus examination at their own school rather than at test centres, following complaints in 2011.

Since 2006, children have been sent to nearby secondary schools.

Medway Council agreed to look at changes after parents complained about the 2011 test.

Pupils taking the exam at Rainham School experienced a 40-minute delay and there was also a 10-minute delay at Chatham Grammar School For Boys.

Medway said the decision had been taken following its annual admissions consultation and will take effect from this September.

'Familiar environment'

Councillor Les Wicks, the cabinet member for children's services, said: "Our main concern is always to do what is best for Medway children and I'm glad to see support for the proposal to return the test to local schools.

"By moving the test back to primary schools, I believe children will be able to benefit from taking the test in a familiar environment where they are more likely to perform to the best of their abilities."

The 11-plus is taken by children in the last year of primary school, governing selection to the county's grammar schools.

More than 2,000 children in Medway sat the tests last year and pupils will sit the 2012 examination on 18 and 19 September.

Medway Council moved the exams to test centres in 2006 because it said teachers no longer had sufficient time to supervise the exams.

The authority said it was up to individual schools to opt into the new arrangements and it was too early to say whether there would be cost implications.

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