Primary school places

Applications will be open from 4 November 2022 to 16 January 2023.

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

What to do

Applications for transfer to primary school for both reception year and year 3 (junior school) in September 2023 will open on Friday 4 November 2022 and close on Monday 16 January 2023.

Applications can be completed online.

To help you choose the schools to include in your application:

Applications for 2023

Applications for children starting school in September 2023 for both reception year and year 3 (junior school) will open on Friday 4 November 2022 and close at midnight on Monday 16 January 2023.

To get support from the Online Admissions Team, email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

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 please email primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk for more information.

Special educational needs and disabilities children

Most children with special educational needs and disabilities can attend mainstream schools, whether or not they have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

If your child has an EHC plan, then their school placement will be arranged via the SEN Team.

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).

Please contact the school(s) to obtain the form(s) and once completed return directly to the school(s).

Free schools

There are no new free schools opening in 2023.

If you provided an email address on your application we will email you on Monday 17 April 2023 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.

You can also log in from 5pm on Monday 17 April 2023 to view your offer online.

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

We cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider.

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.

If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

For advice email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

Find out what to do after you get your offer.