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

    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

    Applications for children due to start secondary school in September 2017 will open on 1 September 2016 and close on 31 October 2016.

    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.

    Download the full admissions guide (PDF, 2.6 MB). For information about open days, visit the school's website or contact the school directly.

    Additional information

    Some schools may need you to complete an additional form called a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). Information about which schools require a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) is available in the admissions guide (PDF, 2.6 MB)

    You can collect the form from the school.

    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 will process applications between 3 November 2016 and 29 February 2017.

    If you applied online we emailed you on 1 March 2017 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 on 1 March 2017 to view your offer online.

    If you applied by post we sent your offer by first class post on 1 March 2017.

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

  • Offers

    If you applied online we will email you on 1 March 2017 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 on 1 March 2017 to view your offer online. If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

    If you applied by post we sent your offer by first class post on 1 March 2017.

    Find out what to do after you get your offer.