Weald of Kent Grammar School

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Weald of Kent Grammar School
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Motto Academic Excellence, Personal Success
Established 1982, previously Tonbridge Technical High School for Girls founded 1947
Type Academy selective
Headteacher Mrs Johnson
Location Tudeley Lane
England, UK
51°11′02″N 0°16′52″E / 51.184°N 0.281°E / 51.184; 0.281Coordinates: 51°11′02″N 0°16′52″E / 51.184°N 0.281°E / 51.184; 0.281
DfE URN 136455
Ofsted Reports
Staff 109 (including administration, premises, student services and technical support)
Students 1,100+
Gender Girls (coed sixth form)
Ages 11–18
Houses Europe, Australasia, Asia, Africa, America, Antarctica
Colours Maroon and Gold
Website www.wealdofkent.kent.sch.uk

Weald of Kent Grammar School is a selective or grammar school with academy status in Tonbridge, Kent, England, for girls aged 11–18 and boys aged 16–18. This means that the girls will be judged by the Kent test to be in the top 23% of the population academically.[1] The head teacher is Mrs Maureen Johnson.

The school holds specialisms in languages and science.

Exam results for the 2013 academic year showed that 100% of pupils attained 5 GCSE grades A* to C (including English and maths). 99.1% of the A level grades were A* to E. The school has been judged by OFSTED to be academically 'outstanding' continuously since 2007. It has National Teaching School status since 2014.[2]


Weald of Kent is a fairly modern school with many additional extensions. In 2003, a canteen operated by independent catering contractors was built called 'La Wokerie' - a pun derived from the school's name "WOK". In 2006, a new English and Humanities Block was built, referred to by most students as 'the new building' It offered larger classrooms, some of which have false walls between two of them which can open up to create one large room. A new Arts and Drama suite was completed in early 2008. In the beginning of 2014, another two storey building was built for Maths and Examinations, and an extension to 'La Wokerie' was added by converting the adjacent classroom into a diner style restaurant with extra seating and a salad bar.

Proposed Sevenoaks annexe[edit]

On 15 October 2015, Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, announced that government would give permission for the school to create an "annexe" in Sevenoaks, which has no grammar schools.[3][4] The site for proposed 'annexe' is that of the former Wildernesse School on Seal Hollow Road, preparations started on the site soon after planning permission was granted in 2014.[5] The decision is controversial as 1998 legislation barred any new school from adopting selective admissions.[6] This is seen as a way round this legislation. It is supported by Kent County Council and an active group of parents, but opposed by others.[7] An earlier attempt was rejected by the then Education Secretary Michael Gove in December 2013, as a single-sex school could not legally open a co-educational annexe. Parents were balloted on whether the school should change its status and they chose to remain a girls only school. Kent County Council revised the scheme so the units became modular, and the application was resubmitted. It is this application that has been approved.[8]


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