After you get your school offer

Accept or refuse your offer

Secondary

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2021 you will have been offered a place on 1 March 2021. The deadline for accepting or refusing the offer directly with the school was 15 March 2021.

Primary

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2021 you will be offered a place on 16 April 2021. You will need to accept or refuse the offer directly with the school.

Check what you should include if you are accepting or declining a school place. (PDF, 96.6 KB)

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 view the school's website 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

Secondary schools

The secondary school waiting list submission period closed on 15 March 2021.

Primary schools

The primary school waiting list submission period closed on 5 May 2021.

Appeals

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