After you get your school offer

Accept or refuse your offer

Primary

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2019 you will be offered a place on 16 April 2019. You will need to accept or refuse the offer directly to the school. The deadline for returning the primary acceptance/refusal form is 13 May 2019. If you have been offered a Kent school but live outside Kent, you may also need to inform your own Local Authority.

Secondary

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2019 you will be offered a place on 1 March 2019. You will need to accept or refuse the offer directly with the school. The deadline for returning the secondary acceptance/refusal form is 16 March 2019. If you have been offered a Kent school but live outside Kent, you may also need to inform your own Local Authority.

Not offered the schools you applied for

This may be because:

  • your child was not eligible for the school
  • there were more applications than spaces available so the school used its oversubscription  criteria to prioritise which children to offer places to.

In these cases we must offer your child a place at another school. This will usually be the nearest school to your home with available places.

If you are unhappy with the offer

We suggest that you visit the school you have been offered to find out more about it.

If you are still unhappy you can put your child on the waiting list or make an appeal for any of the schools you applied for. You can do either or both for the same school or for different schools. For example, you can appeal for one school and put your child on the waiting list for another.

We recommend that you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your waiting list position or your appeal. It will guarantee your child has a school place if no places become available or if your appeal is unsuccessful. If the waiting list or appeal are successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.

Appeals

Make an appeal for any of the schools you applied for.

Waiting lists

Primary schools

To add your child’s name to a waiting list you will need to complete the primary waiting list form and return it to us by 13 May 2019. Waiting list forms will be available from the 17 April 2019.

Secondary schools

To add your child’s name to a waiting list you will need to complete the secondary waiting list form and return it to us by 15 March 2019. Waiting list forms will be available from the 2 March 2019.