Secondary school places

You must apply for a secondary school place for your child to start year 7 at secondary school. You will need to do this when your child is in Year 6 at primary school.

If your child is already at secondary school and you want to move them to a different school you must apply for an in year admission.

What to do

  • Choose a school

    You can apply for a school place from 1 September 2015.

    It's important to find out more about schools you're interested in before you apply. You can apply for up to 4 schools.  

    If you are thinking about applying for a grammar school, your child can only be offered a place if they have been assessed as suitable. Assessment takes place via the Kent Test or in some cases by a test held by the school.

  • Apply

    Apply from 1 September 2015 if your child is due to start secondary school in September 2016.

    The national closing date for applications is 31 October 2015. However, we will accept applications until 2 November 2015 to allow parents extra time to consider options following the Kent Test results.

    You can apply online or by post.

    You can apply for up to 4 schools, putting them in order of preference. It's in your best interests to list 4 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.

    For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

    Additional information

    Some schools may need you to complete an additional form called a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). You can obtain the form from the school.

    Check the list of schools requiring a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) (PDF, 69.7 KB)

    Cranbrook School

    Cranbrook School is the only school in Kent with year 9 entry. 
    Apply for a year 9 place at Cranbrook School

    University Technical Colleges

    University Technical Colleges cater for children from Year 10 onwards.
    Apply for a place at a University Technical College.

  • Processing

    We process applications between 3 November 2015 and 29 February 2016.  

    If you apply online we'll email you on 1 March 2016 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered. We cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider.

    You can also log in after 5pm to view your offer online.

    If you apply by post we sent your offer by first class post on 1 March 2016. 

    For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

  • Offers

    If you apply online we'll email you on 1 March 2016 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered. We cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider.

    You can also log in after 5pm to view your offer online.

    If you apply by post we sent your offer by first class post on 1 March 2016. 

    Find out what to do after you get your offer.