Secondary school places

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.

It's important to find out more about schools you're interested in before you apply. You can apply for up to 4 schools.

Visit each school's website for dates and times of their open days and evenings.

If you are thinking about applying for a grammar school, your child can only be offered a place if they have been assessed as suitable. Assessment takes place via the Kent Test or in some cases by a test held by the school.

For more information read our guide to secondary school applications (PDF, 1.2 MB).

Please ensure you have read KCC’s Admissions privacy notice before you apply for a school place.

Applications for 2020

Secondary school applications are now closed.

Reallocation emails and letters were sent to those who requested to go on a waiting list or filled in a new application on 22 April 2020.

If you have moved to Kent since 16 March 2020, or have yet to apply and require a year 7 place for September please email kentinyearadmissions@kent.gov.uk for information.

If you have received an offer but would like to ask about other schools originally not named on your application, please email the school directly with your request or visit their website for information. Due to current government guidance surrounding social distancing, please do not visit the school in person.

If you are applying for a sixth form place follow the process to apply for sixth form, college or further employment.

Free schools opening in 2020

The School of Science and Technology in Maidstone is the only expected free school to be opening in 2020.

This 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 secondary school application 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.

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is the only school in Kent with year 9 entry.
Apply for a year 9 place at Cranbrook School

University Technical Colleges

University Technical Colleges cater for children from Year 10 onwards.
Apply for a place at a University Technical College.

We process applications between 1 November 2019 and 28 February 2020.

Applied online

If you apply online we will email you on 2 March 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 after 5pm on 2 March 2020 to view your offer online. If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

Applied by post

If you applied using a paper form we will send your offer by first class post on 2 March 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 secondary application form

If you applied for a secondary school place using the late secondary application form, we will inform you of your offer on 22 April 2020.

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

If you applied online we will email you on 2 March 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 after 5pm on 2 March 2020 to view your offer online. If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

If you apply using a paper form we will send your offer by first class post on 2 March 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.

Find out what to do after you get your offer.