Primary school places

Applications are being processed. You will receive your school offer on Tuesday 16 April.

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 2024 opened on 3 November 2023 and closed on 15 January 2024.

To help choose the schools to add to your application:

Applications for 2024

For children starting school in September 2024 applications for both reception year and year 3 (junior school) closed on 15 January 2024.

We process applications between 16 January and 15 April 2024.

If you have not applied and are a Kent resident please email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk with your child’s:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • full address.

We will advise you of the next steps.

If you have applied but your circumstances have changed and you need to amend your application email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk so we can help you.

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, read our information about summer born children.

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

You may need to fill in an additional form called a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) for some schools.

Contact the school(s) to obtain the form(s) and once completed return the form directly to them.

Free schools

There are no new free schools opening in 2024.

If you provided an email address on your application we will email you on Tuesday 16 April 2024 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.

You can also log in from 5pm to see your offer online on Tuesday 16 April 2024.

Offer emails will be sent to the email address you 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 another email address without approval from the original email account. If you have changed email address, please ensure you can still have access to the original one to 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 any enquiries, email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

Find out what to do after you get your offer.