Secondary school places

Applications have been processed. Offer emails were sent on Wednesday 1 March 2023.

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 2023

Secondary school applications for Kent residents closed on Monday 31 October 2022.

We process applications between 1 November 2022 and 28 February 2023.

If you have not applied and are a Kent resident please contact with your child’s name, date of birth, full address and 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 please also email us so we can assist you.

Additional information

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

Please contact the school(s) to obtain the form(s) and once completed return directly to the school(s).

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is the only school in Kent with year 9 entry. Applications closed on Monday 31 October 2022.

University Technical Colleges

University Technical Colleges cater for children from year 10 onwards. Applications closed on Monday 31 October 2022.

Chilmington Green Secondary School

Chilmington Green School is a free school opening in south Ashford. The school will be a co-educational secondary academy with a sixth form and will be part of United Learning.

In September 2023, the school will only be open to pupils in year 7 and there will be 120 places. To apply for a year 7 place visit the Chilmington Green Secondary School website directly as applications cannot be made through us (KCC).

Applications closed on Friday 9 December 2022.

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.

If you provided an email address on your application we will email you on Wednesday 1 March 2023 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.

You can also log in to view your offer online on Wednesday 1 March 2023.

Offer emails will be sent to the email address 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 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.

If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

For any additional advice, email

Find out what to do after you get your offer.