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Weald of Kent Grammar School ("WOK") is a grammar school in Tonbridgemarker, Kentmarker for girls aged 11-18 and boys aged 16-18. The headteacher is Mrs Johnson who recently replaced Mrs Susan Ann Rowell.

This school is a Language College, a type of specialist school in the UK, where students are compelled to study French as a second language and have a choice of either German, Japanese or Spanish as a third language and is soon to be a science college as well. In the sixth form it is possible to study Italian or to start Japanese or Spanish if these were not previously chosen as main subjects; all are taken as FLAW (Foreign Languages at Work) courses, a formal qualification in which students are taught how to use foreign languages in business situations.

Students take their SATs (usually taken in year nine) in year eight but these have now been scrapped, and their French GCSE is also taken a year early but the current year 11 (starting 2005) were the last year to do this as the school thought the girls would benefit from an extra year of studying. Students are then able to take French AS-level a year early also an RE short course GCSE is taken a year early. Students in year 8 are choosing their GCSE options a year early and starting their GCSE's in year 9 as part of a three year course. Some students find ithard to start their GCSE's and the school was not able to cater to every single one of the girls in the current year 9. However many of the girls seem to take well to the idea.

Exam results for the 2006 academic year show that 97% of pupils attained 5 GCSE grades A* to C (and equivalent including English and maths)

Buildings

Weald of Kent is a fairly modern school, and in 2003 a new canteen called 'La Wokerie' was built, which is operated by independent catering contractors. In 2006, a new English and Humanities Block was built. It offers larger classrooms, some of which have false walls between two of them which can open up to create one large room. The new Art and Drama building Has recently been finished and is now being used by the girls

Uniform Policy

The uniform at Weald of Kent consists of a 'burgundy' or red jumper made from 100% acrylic, a navy skirt which must be worn on the knee and a white fitted shirt with the school logo on the collar. These items must be purchased from Simmonds in Tunbridge Wells and must be worn with tights (black in the winter and 'skin coloured in the summer') and black sensible shoes. In the summer, a summer dress may be worn, again at knee length. Year 11 wear a black skirt and a fitted shirt that does not have to have the school logo on the collar. Sixth Formers may wear their own clothes, which have to resemble clothes that would be worn to a work place. Weald of Kent has a simple P.E kit which consists of a navy polo top, navy shorts, a burgundy jumper with the school logo on the chest. The Girls also take gymnastics and dance where for both they have to wear a black leotard with black jazz pants for dance and navy shorts for gymnastics. No earings may be worn in any P.E. lessons.

Shown in september 09, a new uniform was presented to the girls. it is unclear when it will be introduced.

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The new uniform consists of a checked tartan skirt that has the same pattern as the summer dress with the same white blouse and a red jumper with a gold single or double stripe around the collar. this uniform is considered to be for y7 and y8. for the rest of the school the uniform that is being introduced is a black skirt (or trousers) with a black jumper that has the weald logo on it but reversed ( yellow on red instead of red on yellow) but this is still being considered. the black jumper will have either a double or single red or yellow stripe around the collar to keep a link with the lower school. the new uniform is to be comfirmed later this year and will be rolled out in September 2010. Most of the girls hate the new skirts, however they are lucky enough not to have to wear them.

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