Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy Late Transfer Entry – Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT)

Founded in 1902, Kesteven and Sleaford High School (KSHS) is a selective school for girls aged 11-18. Located in Seaford, Lincolnshire, the school has academy status and a coeducational sixth form for students aged 16-18.


The school is a member of the Robert Carre Trust and educates over 800 pupils. KSHS aims to create a safe, stimulating and creative environment for students to learn.


For an insight into life at Kesteven & Sleaford High School, watch this short promotional video:



How to Apply for Entry to Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy


KSHS holds an open day and evening for prospective Year 7 students in the summer term. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend one of these events before applying for a place at the school. These events give parents a flavour of the school and teachers are on-hand to answer any questions about the application process.


To book a place at an open event, simply email the Admissions Officer on helen.gill@kshs.uk or call 01529 414 044.


All applications for a Year 7 place at Kesteven & Sleaford High School Selective Academy must be made directly with the parents’ Local Authority (LA).


Parents who live outside Lincolnshire must apply for a place at KSHS using a different application form, provided by their own LA. Forms should be returned to their own authority, who will forward the application to the Lincolnshire LA.


Take a look at KSHS’s admission policy for more information.


Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy CAT Assessment (For Late Entry to Years 8-11)


Late entry into Years 8-11 at Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy is possible if the numbers in that year group are below capacity. Any pupil who has not taken an eleven plus selection test in Year 6 can take a Cognitive Ability Test (CAT) appropriate to their age.


The CAT tests students’ reasoning skills by focusing on verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and spatial reasoning.


Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy Admissions Criteria


All arrangements for late applications at Kesteven and Sleaford High School are made in accordance with Lincolnshire County Council’s coordinated admission arrangements – including late entry.


Performing well in the CAT will not necessarily result in the offer of a place. Parents are still required to apply for a place via their LA and it should be noted that not every candidate can be admitted.


For more information about KSHS’s admission process, contact the Admissions Officer directly via email helen.gill@kshs.uk, or call 01529 414 044.


How to Prepare for the Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy CAT Assessment


Parents can give their children the best chance of performing well in the CAT by allowing plenty of time for them to study. As well as improving their confidence, this allows parents to recognise any weaker reasoning areas that may need additional focus. Children at this age tend to respond better to shorter bursts of revision, so parents should aim to create a study plan that’s achievable.


Our CAT articles below are ideal reading for parents at the beginning of the CAT process:

Year 7 CATs: Everything Parents Need to Know

Study Skills for the Cognitive Abilities Test in Primary School

How to Improve CAT Scores


The four CAT practice tests we have published to date will help students prepare for the Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy entrance assessment. Containing eight modules that cover Verbal, Non-Verbal, Quantitative and Spatial Reasoning, each test replicates the exam format, style and content. They each come with answers and explanations for every question, allowing your child to recognise their strengths and weaknesses.


Our tests are available below:


CAT Practice Test 1

CAT Practice Test 2

CAT Practice Test 3

CAT Practice Test 4


We’ve also produced an online video course that covers everything you need to know for the Quantitative Reasoning section of the CAT assessment:


CAT Quantitative Reasoning Video Course


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The information in this post was correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


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