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 2022 will open on Friday 5 November 2021 and close at midnight on Monday 17 January 2022.

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.

Our guide to primary admissions for 2022 will be available soon.

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

Applications for 2022

Primary and junior school applications for Kent residents will be open from Friday 5 November 2021 to Monday 17 January 2022.

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, 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 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 17 January and 19 April 2022.

If you applied online we will email you on 19 April 2022 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 19 April 2022 to view your offer.

For advice email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

If you applied online we will email you on 19 April 2022 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 19 April 2022 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.