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Kent Secondary School Admissions 2015


     Last Updated: June 2014:

    Please note that this section is rather lengthy, and hence is spread across several pages. You will find the links below.

    It is designed primarily for parents resident in Kent, whose children will be transferring to state secondary schools in September 2014. Parents considering a grammar school application should also look at the pages on Kent and Medway Grammar School Admissions and Medway Secondary School Admissions.

    Kent Schools


    There is more information, advice and comment on the School Admission Code page.  

    I have wide experience of the secondary school transfer schemes in Kent and Medway, and am happy to place my expertise at your service, advising on choice of schools and patterns of application, drawing on my extensive local knowledge of the area and its schools. I give talks for parents at several Kent primary and secondary schools by invitation, and am also happy to talk with groups of parents, as well as individuals. For admissions you may well find my telephone consultation service useful.

    You will find the full details of the Kent Secondary transfer scheme together with next year's oversubscription rules for individual Foundation and Voluntary Aided Schools on the KCC website here (secondary determined scheme for 2014). You will also find the admission rules for  each school for 2014 entry, and in the Spring any proposed changes for individual schools for 2015. I have simplified the regulations here.  

    For parents applying for any school in Kent outside the normal admission round there is yet another new process for admissions, but one far simpler than the previous  model. Simply download an In Year Casual Application Form and send it to the school you are applying to. You will find further details here.
    I liked the basic advice guide issued by parents at Kingshill Primary School.  You will find a simple comparative guide at


    The scheme operates for Kent residents, no matter where the schools for which they are applying are situated, and refers to entry in September 2015.


    Key ActionScheme Date
    Registration for testing opensMonday 2 June 2014
    Closing date for registrationTuesday 1 July 2014
    Test date for pupils in Kent primary schoolsWednesday 10 September 2014
    Test date for out of county pupilsSaturday 13 September 2014
    Assessment decision sent to parentsWednesday 15 October 2014
    National Closing Date for Secondary Common Application Forms (SCAF)Friday 31 October 2014
    Final closing date for exceptional late applications.Wednesday 5 November 2014
    National Offer Day: e-mails sent after 4pm and letters sent 1st class postMonday 2 March 2015
    Schools send out welcome letters Not beforeThursday 5 March 2015
    Date by which places should be accepted or declinedFriday 20 March 2015
    LA re-allocates places that have become available from the schools' waiting listsWednesday  22 April 2015 

    In each Local Authority (LA), an admissions booklet will be issued at the beginning of September and published on their website. There is now a national closing date for applications  although grammar school registration process and dates and testing dates differ. Each LA has some differences in procedure, for example Kent parents have four choices, and Medway parents have six choices. These booklets contain details of the all important oversubscription rules, which determine if you will be offered a place if too many people apply.  Do not try and take part in the process without the relevant admissions booklet to guide you. At the time of writing, the 2015 Admissions Booklet for Kent secondary schools has not been published, but the 2014 version is here. You will find Medway's 2014 booklet here

    It is essential that all parents, who are considering entering their child for the Kent tests, register their child on a form obtainable from the primary school or Kent Website,  or online. Your child cannot take the Kent tests if he or she has not been registered. You will not be considered for a grammar school if your child has not sat the Kent tests and they will only be able to take the test late, after 23rd April and be considered as a late applicant whether or not the school is named on the SCAF. Copies of the registration form will be distributed through primary schools and can be downloaded here.

    There is nothing to lose by entering your child for the tests. Parents in Kent living near the Medway border may also wish to consider entering their child for the Medway tests, which assesses children on different skills. Further details of Kent grammar school admissions are here.

    You will find some possible scenarios on the next page.

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