Primary school places

Who can apply

You must apply for a primary school place if:

  • your child is due to start primary or infant school (reception year)
  • your child is at infant school (year 2) and is due to start junior school (year 3)
  • your child is at primary school (year 2) and you want your child to move to junior school at the start of year 3

Check the date your child can start school

Applications for transfer to primary school for both reception year and year 3 (junior school) September 2021 open on Thursday 5 November 2020 and closed at midnight on Friday 15 January 2021.

What to do

You can find out more about schools you are interested in before including them in your application.

For more information about open days, visit the school's website or contact the school direct.

Alternatively, read our guide to primary school admissions for 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB).

Please ensure you have read our admissions privacy notice before you apply for a school place.

2021 applications

Primary school applications opened on 5 November 2020 and closed at midnight on the evening of 15 January 2021.

Applications needed to be submitted by 15 January 2021 for your child to be guaranteed an offer of a school place on 16 April 2021.

If you missed the deadline, you can still submit an application for a school place for September 2021. Once you have submitted, you will receive an email confirming when this school place will be offered.

Apply online

If you have already submitted your application and need to make any amendments, please contact kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk for further information on what you need to do next.

Summer born children

If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August and you want them to defer starting school until the next academic year, contact the team for more information at primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

Special educational needs and disabilities children

Most children with special educational needs and disabilities can attend mainstream schools, whether or not they have an EHCP. Find out more about applying for a school place for your SEND child.

Additional information

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

Free schools opening in 2021

There are no free schools opening in 2021.

We will process applications between 16 January and 16 April 2021.

If you applied online we will email you on 16 April 2021 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 from 5pm on 16 April 2021 to view your offer.

For advice email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

If you applied online we will email you on 16 April 2021 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.

Offer emails will be sent to the email address provided on your application.

Due to data protection restrictions we cannot send the offer to an alternate address without authorisation from the original email account. If you have changed email address please ensure you can still access the original one so you can receive your offer, or you can view your offer online. With our team working remotely at the moment, there may be a significant delay in arranging for a letter to be sent to you instead if you can't access the email, so you should treat this as a last resort.

You can also log in from 5pm on 16 April 2021 to view your offer online.

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

Find out what to do after you get your offer.