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Secondary Destinations

Our high expectations for every child, coupled with small classes has led to a high success rate for children applying to grammar schools and selective independent schools.

Destinations

As a one form entry school, which is non-selective at the point of entry, results vary from year to year but every year significant percentages of pupils gain places at Bexley and Kent grammar schools. In recent years a number of our children have been placed in the Top 180 pupils in the Bexley Selection Tests, a very significant achievement indeed.

A smaller but equally significant percentage of pupils move on to selective independent destinations. Equally, there are some parents who opt for local non-selective state schools and we are proud that parents tell us how well their children are doing at these schools benefiting from the grounding they have had at West Lodge.

Whilst we are rightly proud of pupils' examination success, a great deal of emphasis is placed upon individual pupil progress. This close monitoring enables us to identify the children’s needs and next steps on an individual basis to ensure that each and every child fulfils their potential.

Destinations 2018-23

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Babington House School Beths Grammar School Babington House School   Bromley High School Beths Grammar School 
Bexley Grammar School Bexley Grammar School Chislehurst and Sidcup
Grammar School
Blackfen School for Girls Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School  
Blackfen School for Girls Bromley High School Colfes School Bromley High School for Girls Coopers School Bexley Grammar School 
Blackheath High Chislehurst School for Girls Coopers School Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School Crown Woods Acedemy Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
Bullers Wood School Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar
School
Dartford Grammar School
for Girls
Chislehurst School for Girls Farringtons Independent School Chislehurst School for Girls 
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar
School
Crown Woods Academy Farringtons Independent School Crown Woods Academy Judd Grammar Colfe's School 
Coopers School Dartford Grammar School
for Boys
Lingfield College Dartford Grammar
School for Girls
King’s Rochester Eltham College
Farringtons Independent School Farringtons Independent School Newstead Wood School Eltham College Newstead Wood School Farringtons 
Hurstmere School for Boys Hurstmere School for Boys Wilmington Grammar School
for Boys
Farringtons Independent School Sackville School Gads Hill 
Townley Grammar School Maidstone Grammar School
for Girls
Wilmington Grammar School
for Girls
Harris Academy Greenwich St Olave’s Grammar School Newstead Wood
Wilmington Grammar School
for Girls
Roedean School   Hurstmere School for Boys Wilmington Acdemy Rochester Grammar School 
  Sevenoaks School   Newstead Wood School   Wilmington Boys Grammar School
  St Catherine's Catholic School   Townley Grammar School    
  St Olave’s Grammar School   St Catherine’s Catholic School    
  Wilmington Grammar School
for Girls
  Wilmington Grammar School for Girls    

Preparation for entrance tests

Children are very well prepared for entrance tests with a curriculum and teaching prioritising the best possible preparation, starting with the teaching of verbal and non-verbal reasoning as discrete subjects in Year 1. However, equal priority is given to a broad and balanced curriculum which is engaging and exciting.

Support with secondary school selection

The formal process of choosing an appropriate senior school begins in Year 5 with a one-to-one secondary transfer meeting with the Head Teacher where the options and suitability of different schools are discussed along with the support the children need. The Head Teacher and staff are always happy to meet with parents to discuss choice of senior school and provide support. We visit senior schools and over the years have built very good relationships with their Heads and senior staff.

Find out more about how we prepare pupils for transfer to secondary school here from Mrs Bartholomew, our Year 5 teacher and here from Mr Weighill our Year 6 teacher.

Meet the Alumni

We're always delighted to hear from our students about the next stage of their educational journey, 'meet' some of our former students here: