Secondary school places

Applications have been processed. Offer emails were sent on Friday 1 March 2024.

You must apply for a secondary school place for your child to start year 7 at secondary school. You will need to do this when your child is in year 6 at primary school.

If your child is already at secondary school and you want to move them to a different school you must apply for an in year admission.

What to do

You can name up to 4 school preferences on your secondary school application. To help you choose:

Applications for 2024

For children starting year 7 in September 2024 applications opened on Friday 1 September and closed on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

Applications were processed between 1 November 2023 and 1 March 2024.

If you have not applied and are a Kent resident email with your child’s:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • full address
  • current school.

We will then advise you of the next steps.

If you have applied but your circumstances have changed and you need to amend your application email so we can help you.

Additional information

Some schools may need you to complete an additional form called a Supplementary Information Form (SIF).

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

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is the only school in Kent with year 9 entry. Applications closed on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

University Technical Colleges (UTCs)

University Technical Colleges cater for children from year 10 onwards. Applications for UTCs closed on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

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 their school placement will be arranged by the SEN Team.

Find out more about applying for a school place for your SEND child.

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 Friday 1 March 2024 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.

You can also log in after 5pm to see your offer online on Friday 1 March 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, as 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 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 any additional questions, email

Find out what to do after you get your offer.