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.

This year Kent parents will be able to name up to 6 secondary school preferences, an increase from 4, to account for the fact that they will not know their child’s Kent Test result before applications need to be submitted on 2 November 2020.

For more information about how to apply, including how to make the most of your 6 preference options, read our guide to secondary school applications (PDF, 936.7 KB).

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

Applications for 2021

Secondary school applications opened on 1 September 2020 and closed at midnight on the evening of 2 November 2020.

Applications needed to be submitted by 2 November 2020 for your child to be guaranteed an offer of a school place on 1 March 2021.

If you missed the deadline, you can still submit an application for a school place for September 2021. Once you have submitted, you will receive an email confirming when this school place will be offered.

Apply online

If you have already submitted your application and need to make any amendments, please contact kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk for further information on what you need to do next.

Additional information

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

Please contact the school to obtain the form.

Cranbrook School

Cranbrook School is the only school in Kent with year 9 entry.

Applications closed on 2 November. If you would still like to apply for the school please email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

University Technical Colleges

University Technical Colleges cater for children from Year 10 onwards.

Applications closed on 2 November. If you would still like to apply for the school please email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.

Special educational needs and disabilities children

Most children with special educational needs and disabilities can attend mainstream schools, whether or not they have an EHCP. Find out more about applying for a school place for your SEND child.

We process applications between 3 November 2020 and 28 February 2021.

Apply online

If you apply online we will email you on 1 March 2021 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 1 March 2021 to view your offer online. If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

If you apply online we will email you on 1 March 2021 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 1 March 2021 to view your offer online. If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.

Find out what to do after you get your offer.