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Kent Secondary School Admissions 2022


Last Updated: October 2021

Please note you will find considerable additional information about every Kent secondary school by visiting Individual Schools, and also for most of these by entering their name in the search engine of this website.

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 transfer to state secondary schools in September 2022. 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 am afraid I have completely retired from my Consultation Service, but I am available to give talks for parents at Kent primary and secondary schools by invitation, and am also happy to talk with groups of parents on more general aspects.  

KCC publishes annually online a guide to Admission to Secondary School in Kent. At the time of updating this article, the 2022 Admission Guide is available here. This comprehensive document sets out the full rules and procedures for application and admissions, including those relating to school offers, assessment for grammar school, residence rules, applying for Kent schools if you live outside the county, late applications and In-Year admissions, eligibility for free transport and the KCC Travel Saver pass. You will find the full formal details of the Kent Secondary transfer scheme for 2021/22 admissions on the KCC website here, together with next year's oversubscription and admission rules for community and voluntary controlled schools here, and individual Foundation, Voluntary Aided Schools and academies here where, in the Spring of 2022 you will also find any proposed changes for individual schools for 2023.  

For parents applying for any school in Kent outside the normal admission round, including late applications after 1st March when you can put in an application for any Kent secondary school you have not previously considered, simply download an In Year Casual Application Form and send it to the school you are applying to. You will find further details here. This does not apply in the same way in Medway.
You will find my information on individual schools here, including admissions, appeals,  performance (2019 data being the latest published), and OFSTED outcomes. At the time fo writing, all pages need updating, let me know if you are interested in one of these and I will update it next.
The scheme operates for Kent residents, no matter where the schools for which they are applying are situated, and refers to entry in September 2022.


Key Action Scheme Date
Registration for testing opens Tuesday 1 June 2021
Closing date for registration Thursday 1 July 2021
Application Process for Secondary Transfer  Opens Wednesday 1 September 2021
Test date for pupils in Kent primary schools Thursday 9 September 2021
Test date for out of county pupils Saturday 11 September 2021
Assessment decision sent to parents Thursday 21 October 2021
National Closing Date for Secondary Common Application Forms (SCAF) Monday 1 November 2021
National Offer Day: e-mails sent after 4pm and letters sent 1st class post Tuesday1 March 2022
Schools send out welcome letters Not before Thursday 3 March 2022
Deadline for late applications and waiting list requests
to be included in the Kent County Council reallocation stage.
Also the date by which places should be accepted or declined to schools
Tuesday15 March 2022
Deadline for Lodging Appeals (to be sure of them being heard in the Normal Round) Monday 28 March 2022
LA re-allocates places available from schools' waiting lists
Schools take responsibility for waiting lists and re-allocation
Tuesday 26 April 2022

There is 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. The admission booklets or websites contain details of the all important oversubscription rules, which determine if you will be offered a place at a particular school if too many people apply.  Do not try and take part in the process without referring to the rules for the schools in which you are interested.  

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 downloaded from the Kent Website.  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 26 April and be considered as a late applicant whether or not the school is named on the SCAF. 

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, Mayfield and Highsted Grammar Schools all offer alternative tests that qualify children for admission to their schools only. Admission is by either (but not necessarily both) tests.

You will find some possible scenarios on the next page.

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Last modified on Sunday, 17 October 2021 23:30