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The Norton Knatchbull School | Late Transfer (In-Year 12+ and 13+) Entry Information




The Norton Knatchbull School (NKS) is a grammar school for boys located in Kent. One of the two grammar schools in Ashford, NKS has academy status and has educated prominent figures in the world of politics, art, science and medicine. [1]


Aiming to prepare students for the competitive nature of work and life in general, the school educates through an extensive curriculum comprising English, mathematics, science, geography, history, MFL, art, computing, drama, music, DT, PE and religious studies.


Performance art plays a vital role in the overall learning experience, as do numerous co-curricular clubs and societies for film, sport, dance and manga lovers and devoted christians, among others.


The pastoral care is centred on providing students with a happy and caring environment, grounded in the efforts of both staff members and families to meet and address any concerns or challenges boys may be facing. 


Celebrating individual achievements while fostering a community pervaded by mutual respect, NKS produces strong examination results and plenty of opportunities for boys to receive high-quality careers education, insider advice and expert guidance. As a result, leavers proceed onto the next stage of their education with a profound understanding of their abilities and clear goals which they pursue with confidence. 



The Norton Knatchbull School standard entry point is 11 Plus. However, the school also accepts applications from pupils interested in In-Year (Late) Entry. To assess pupils for casual admissions, The Norton Knatchbull School administers the CAT4 online test.


The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) covers four subject areas, each of them evaluating pupils’ Reasoning skills through standardised assessments. 


The Norton Knatchbull School In-Year Entry (12 Plus & 13 Plus) Admissions Information


These tests will be taken at The Norton Knatchbull School. They are held once a month throughout the academic year. If you wish your child to be considered for the assessments, you should apply using the In Year Common Application Form.


Offers are made depending on availability of places. If the PAN (Published Admission Number) is reached or exceeded, the school will not be able to make an offer, but can put your child’s name on the waiting list. 


The Norton Knatchbull School In-Year (Casual Admissions) Entry Exam Information


Address: Hythe Road, Ashford TN24 0QJ

County: Kent

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01233 620045 

School type: Grammar school for boys

Number of students: 1100 (approx.)


As part of the assessment process for late transfer entry, your child will be asked to complete the CAT4 assessment. 


Based on performance in this test, schools can judge pupils’ progress over the academic year and hence decide on their setting and streaming (according to ability). 


This assessment is an effective way for schools to understand pupils’ strengths and weaknesses and to personalise learning and adapt teaching.


The Norton Knatchbull School Late Transfer (In-Year) Exam Format


The CAT4 assessment will cover Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, Spatial Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning.


  • The Verbal Reasoning section examines problem-solving skills using words.


  • The Non-Verbal Reasoning section covers problem-solving using shapes and patterns, rather than words.


  • The Spatial Reasoning section assesses your child’s ability to identify shapes and how they change. 


  • The Quantitative Reasoning section tests their ability to solve problems using numbers.


The Norton Knatchbull School Late Transfer (In-Year) Practice Tests and Courses


Our CAT4 practice tests and courses are highly accurate, ensuring that your child’s preparation is targeted and efficient. Read on to learn more!


CAT4 Practice Tests


Our highly accurate online CAT4 practice tests are available to take online immediately after purchase. Each module is marked automatically and can then be reviewed. Answers and explanations are provided for every question, as well as comparative ranking statistics on a per module basis so that you can precisely determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses.


CAT4 Practice Test 1


CAT4 Practice Test 2


CAT4 Practice Test 3


CAT4 Practice Test 4


CAT4 Video Courses


The following online video courses cover each section of the CAT4 exam. Each course consists of a series of lessons and step-by-step explanations. These will help your child recognise the underlying patterns to look out for in this assessment and thus master the required Reasoning techniques. These courses cover every possible question type that could potentially come up in the CAT4 test.


CAT4 Quantitative Reasoning Video Course


CAT4 Non-Verbal Reasoning Video Course


CAT4 Spatial Reasoning Video Course


CAT4 Verbal Reasoning Video Course



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