Last Updated: July 2015
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 2016. Parents considering a grammar school application should also look at the pages on Kent and Medway Grammar School Admissions and Medway Secondary School Admissions.
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 2016). You will also find the admission rules for each school for 2016 entry, and in the Spring any proposed changes for individual schools for 2017.
News and Information Items relevant to Kent Secondary School Admission for September 2016
THE KENT ADMISSION SCHEME
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 Action||Scheme Date|
|Registration for testing opens||Monday 1 June 2015|
|Closing date for registration||Wednesday 1 July 2015|
|Test date for pupils in Kent primary schools||Thursday 10 September 2015|
|Test date for out of county pupils||Saturday 12 September 2015|
|Assessment decision sent to parents||Wednesday 14 October 2015|
|National Closing Date for Secondary Common Application Forms (SCAF)||Saturday 31 October 2015|
|Final closing date for exceptional late applications.||Monday 2 November 2015|
|National Offer Day: e-mails sent after 4pm and letters sent 1st class post||Tuesday 1 March 2016|
|Schools send out welcome letters Not before||Friday 4 March 2016|
|Date by which places should be accepted or declined||Thursday 17 March 2016|
|LA re-allocates places that have become available from the schools' waiting lists||Wednesday 13 April 2016 |
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 2016 Admissions Booklets for Kent and Medway secondary schools have not been published, but the 2015 version is here. You will find Medway's 2015 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.
The Dover Grammar Schools, Folkestone Grammar Schools and Mayfield Grammar School all offer alternative tests that qualify children for admission to their schools only. Admission is by either (but not necessarily both) test.
You will find some possible scenarios on the next page.