After you get your school offer

Accept or refuse your offer


If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in September 2017 you will be offered a place on 18 April 2017. You will need to accept or decline the offer.


If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2017 and was offered a place on 1 March 2017 you need to accept or decline the offer. If you are happy with your offer, complete the acceptance/refusal form (PDF, 304.7 KB). A pink copy of the form is enclosed with your offer letter.

Return the form to the school by 16 March 2017.

If you weren't offered any of 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.


Waiting lists

To add your child’s name to a waiting list you will need to approach the school directly after 28 April 2017. At this point schools control their own lists and you are free to approach any, not just the ones you may have listed originally.

If you have not made an application

If you move into Kent and need to make a secondary school application, contact the In Year Admissions team on 03000 41 21 21. They will be able to tell you which schools have vacancies and which form to fill out.