Kendrick School

Kendrick School

About Kendrick School

Kendrick School is a girls' grammar school founded in 1877 in Reading, Berkshire. It has an impressive record of academic achievement with girls achieving exceptional exam results and is recognised as one of the best secondary schools in the country.

Students at Kendrick School study a broad and balanced curriculum that instils a love of learning. As a hub school in the Science Leadership Partnership, Kendrick School provides support and expertise to other schools in the Reading area in the teaching of science. Ofsted rates the school 'outstanding' in all areas and praise the school for delivering a 'first-class education across languages, humanities and a range of creative and practical subjects'.

Beyond the classroom, girls at Kendrick School enjoy a richly diverse extracurricular education. Pupils are encouraged to get involved in the school's many clubs and societies, with opportunities in the creative arts, business and finance, dance and drama, music, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

  • Address: Kendrick School, London Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 5BN
  • Local authority: Reading Borough Council
  • School type: girls' grammar
  • Headteacher: Christine Kattirtzi
  • Number of pupils: 850+
  • National rank (Sunday Times Parent Power): 14
  • A level results: 89.6% A*–B
  • GCSE results: 94.2% A*/A/9/8/7

Kendrick School term dates

The term dates at Kendrick School for 2023–2024 are:

  • Autumn term: 5th September – 15th December 2023
  • Half term: 23rd–27th October 2023
  • Spring term: 3rd January – 28th March 2024
  • Half term: 12th–16th February 2024
  • Summer term: 15th April – 19th July 2024
  • Half term: 27th–31st May 2024

How to apply to Kendrick School

Kendrick School is its own admissions authority and is not part of a grammar school consortium. This means that if your child is applying to several grammar schools in the area, you will need to complete the registration process for those schools separately.

1. Register for the Kendrick School Admission Test

Girls are selected for places at Kendrick School based on their results in the Kendrick School Admission Test. This is an 11 plus exam, taken in September in Year 6, designed to select the girls who are working within the top 25% of their year group.

Online registration for the Kendrick School 11 plus will open on 1st May 2023 and close at midnight on Saturday 1st July 2023.

2. Apply for school places

You will receive your child's results in the Kendrick School Admission Test in mid-October 2023, indicating whether your daughter is eligible for a grammar school place. You can use these results to decide whether to name Kendrick School as one of your preferred schools on your common application form.

Before listing the school as a preference on your form, check its admissions policy and make sure your child is eligible. Passing the 11 plus will not be a guarantee of a place as more children reach the qualifying standard each year than there are places available.

The application form must be submitted to your home local council by 31st October 2023. The form must be completed for your home local authority – i.e. if Reading Borough Council is your local authority, you will need to complete the common application form on the Reading Council website. If you live in a different local authority, make sure to apply through the relevant website for that council.

What's on the Kendrick School 11 plus?

Girls applying for a place in Year 7 at Kendrick School will take the 11 plus test on Saturday 16th September 2023.

Kendrick School uses test papers created by GL Assessment. Girls will take two papers, each lasting approximately one hour and consisting of multiple-choice questions. The papers cover a mix of:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • English
  • Maths

Find out more in our comprehensive guide to the 11 plus in Berkshire and access free resources to help your child prepare.

What is the pass mark for Kendrick School?

Your daughter's marks in the Kendrick School Admission Test will be age-standardised to ensure that children born later in the school year aren't disadvantaged. The aggregate scores will then be placed in rank order.

There is no set pass mark for entry to Kendrick School, as it depends on the success rate of the year group. Children whose aggregate scores are at the top of the ranked list will be most eligible for a place.

However, achieving a score higher on the list won't guarantee a place, as Kendrick School is always oversubscribed with qualified candidates. We always recommend researching the admission policies for your target schools, looking at their oversubscription criteria and their catchment area. We've included the admission criteria for Kendrick School below.

Kendrick School admission criteria

There are 128 places available in Year 7 at Kendrick School. Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names Kendrick School and who have reached the qualifying standard in the 11 plus will be admitted automatically. The number of remaining places will then be reduced accordingly.

If the number of children who have reached the qualifying standard in the 11 plus and who list Kendrick School as a preferred school exceeds the number of available places, the school will use oversubscription criteria. Offers will be made from the ranked list in the following order of priority:

1. Looked after and previously looked after children

2. Children who live within Priority Area 1 or 2 and receive the pupil premium or service premium

3. Children who live within Priority Area 1 or 2 (offered until 96 places have been filled)

4. Children who live within Priority Area 1

5. Children who live within Priority Area 2

6. Children whose permanent home address is not within the school's designated area

Kendrick School catchment area

The catchment area for Kendrick School covers Priority Areas 1 and 2. Each area is determined by the postcode of the child's home address. Places are offered to children who rank highly in the Kendrick School Admission Test and who live within the designated area.

Priority Area 1: postcodes RG1, RG2 0, RG2 6, RG2 7, RG2 8, RG30 1, RG30 2, RG30 3, RG30 4, RG30 6, RG31 4, RG31 5, RG31 6, RG31 7, RG4 5, RG4 6, RG4 7, RG4 8, RG5 3, RG6 1, RG6 5, RG6 6, RG6 7

Priority Area 2: RG2 9, RG4 9, RG5 4, RG6 3, RG6 4, RG7, RG8, RG9, RG10, RG12, RG27 0, RG40, RG41, RG42, RG45, GU17 0, GU46, GU47, SL6 3, SL6 4, SL6 5, SL6 6

School Details

Type of School Grammar
Address London Road Reading RG1 5BN
Phone 01189015859
Email [email protected]
Region Berkshire


Admission Year Sept 2024
Gender in YEAR 7 Girls


Registration 30/4/2023 - 30/6/2023
Open Days 24/4/2023 - 27/4/2023
Academic Exam 15/9/2023
Allocation Day 1/3/2024
CAF form 31/10/2023

Academic Selection

Number of Places 128
Standardised No
Age Standardised Yes
Total Number of Exams 2
Number of Rounds 1
Admission Policy View

Exam Boards

  • Granada Learning (GL

Exam Styles

  • Multiple Choice (MC)

Sample Papers

Name Document or Link Subjects
Multiple Papers View English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning

Find answers to our frequently asked questions about Kendrick School

  • What does the Kendrick School 11 Plus exam include?
    The Kendrick (GL Assessment) exam consists of two papers, taken on the same day, each approximately 45 minutes in duration and testing three areas - verbal, mathematical, and non-verbal reasoning skills. The first paper tests verbal skills, including comprehension, English technical language, and verbal reasoning. The second paper tests non-verbal reasoning, spatial reasoning, and maths. All questions on both papers are multiple choice and pupils indicate their answers on a separate answer sheet.
  • What does the Reading School 11 Plus exam include?
    The Reading School 11 Plus entrance exam consists of three elements: English, Maths and Creative Writing. All 3 elements will be tested on one day in September and all tests will take place at Reading School.