Fair banding test
If you're considering naming Brompton Academy or Strood Academy on your school application, you'll need to register your child to sit the fair banding test. This includes children with a Special Educational Needs (SEN) statement or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Each school has its own fair banding test so you'll need to register your child with both schools if you're considering applying for both of them. Registration forms will be available on the school websites.
Medway Council is not involved in fair banding tests. Please contact the schools directly for more information.
Fair banding test dates are Saturday 23 September and Saturday 14 October 2017.
Fair banding test dates are Saturday 16 September and Saturday 7 October 2017.
It's not a pass or fail test
Your child can't pass or fail the test. It's there to assess a child’s level of ability and is used to help the school make sure they give school places to children of all abilities.
It’s also not the same as the Medway Test, which assesses if a child is selective (grammar).
Places are allocated from each band
After the test children are put into bands based on their level of ability.
The Academy will have five bands to make sure there's a spread of ability across the school and these are based on the national ability range decided by the National Foundation for Educational Research.
The Academy will use it's oversubscription criteria to allocate school places from each of the five bands.
If places become vacant in some bands, for example, because parents accept offers of places at other schools, and no applicants in those bands remain without a place, they will be evenly filled by children falling into the next nearest bands.
If your child doesn't take the test
Children who haven't taken the fair banding test will be considered after children who have taken the test.
If your child has been offered a place without taking the test, they will still need to take the test before starting the academy to make sure they're placed in the correct teaching band.