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 September 2020 opened on Tuesday 5 November 2019 and closed at midnight on Monday 10 February 2020.

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.

You can also read our guide to primary school applications (PDF, 1.7 MB) or download our easy reference leaflet to primary school applications (PDF, 151.1 KB).

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

2020 applications

Applications for transfer to primary school for September 2020 opened on Tuesday 5 November 2019 and closed at midnight on Monday 10 February 2020.

Late applications

If you have missed the deadline of the 10 February 2020, you can still apply online or by post up to Wednesday 6 May 2020.

You can apply for up to 3 schools, putting them in order of preference. It's in your best interests to list 3 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.

To apply to a school outside of Kent, name the school in your application along with your other preferences. Your application details will be passed on to the relevant local authority for processing.

Apply online

If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email primaryadmissions@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, you can complete our summer born children application form (PDF, 394.3 KB).

Please also ensure you have read the guidance on summer born children before completing this form.

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 2020

There are expected to be three new free schools opening in Kent, Ebbsfleet Green Primary School and Springhead Park Primary School, both in Gravesend and Bearsted Primary Academy in Maidstone.

These schools will process their own applications for September 2020 intake, please contact the school directly for more information. You should not name the school as a preference on your primary school application form.

We will process applications between 16 January and 16 April 2020.

Applications closed on 10 February 2020 for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2020.

If you applied online we will email you on 16 April 2020 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 2020 to view your offer.

If you applied using a paper form we will send your offer by first class post on 16 April 2020. Royal Mail no longer guarantees next day delivery on first class post. Please wait 3 working days for your letter to arrive before contacting us.

Applied using the late reception or junior application form

If you applied for a reception or junior school place using the late application form, we will inform you of your offer on 10 June 2020.

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

If you apply online we will email you on 16 April 2020 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 2020 to view your offer.

If you applied by post we will send your offer by first class post on 16 April 2020. Royal Mail no longer guarantees next day delivery on first class post. Please wait 3 working days for your letter to arrive before contacting us.

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

Find out what to do after you get your offer.