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



The Skinners’ School (commonly known as Skinners), is a grammar school for boys located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Founded in 1887 by the Worshipful Company of Skinners, it has academy status and specialises in mathematics and science. [1]


Actively preparing boys for higher education, Skinners educates them in line with the National Curriculum, significantly boosting their knowledge and skills in the areas of maths, English, science, humanities, IT, music, MFL, RS, art & design, DT, PE and drama.


The challenging academic provision is coupled with a broad extracurricular programme, comprising a number of clubs and societies, such as political club, chess club, choir, rugby and basketball. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and CCF are also available, boosting boys’ competitive spirit and levels of discipline. Through the popular Olympiad Maths Club, all pupils with strong mathematical abilities are provided with the opportunity to further develop their problem-solving techniques and stretch their maths skills beyond the confines of the classroom. [2]


Skinners has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED and boasts an impressive list of notable alumni, including engineers, historians, diplomats, professors and athletes. Offering numerous facilities for sports, languages and science, the school is fully invested in providing a caring learning environment through a comprehensive pastoral care system and a culturally diverse community which celebrates differences. 



The Skinners’ 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 Skinners’ School administers the CAT4 online test.


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


The Skinners’ School In-Year Entry (12 Plus & 13 Plus) Admissions Information


These tests will be taken at The Skinners’ School or any other grammar school in the area you are applying for. If you wish your child to be considered for the assessments, you should apply using the In Year Common Application Form.


Upon taking the test, your son will be added to the waiting list and ranked in accordance with the school’s oversubscription criteria. Priority will be given to:


  • Children in Local Authority Care or previously in Local Authority Care;
  • Children who are recipients of Pupil Premium;
  • Children who live closest to the school.


Please note that the school will not offer places over its published admission number (160). 


The Skinners’ School In-Year (Casual Admissions) Entry Exam Information


Address: St John’s Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN4 9PG

County: Kent

Admissions info: [email protected] or 01892 520 732

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 Skinners’ 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 Skinners’ 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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