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Kent Secondary School Admissions 2021



The scheme operates for Kent residents, no matter where the schools for which they are applying are situated, and refers to entry in September 2018.


Key Action Scheme Date
Registration for testing opens Monday 1 June 2020
Closing date for registration Wednesday 1 July 2020
Application Process for Secondary Transfer  Opens Tuesday 1 September 2020
Test date for pupils in Kent primary schools Thursday 10 September 2020
Test date for out of county pupils Saturday 12 September 2020
Assessment decision sent to parents Thursday 15 October 2020
National Closing Date for Secondary Common Application Forms (SCAF) Monday 2 November 2020
National Offer Day: e-mails sent after 4pm and letters sent 1st class post Monday 1 March 2021
Schools send out welcome letters Not before Wednesday 3 March 2021
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
Monday 15 March 2021
Deadline for Lodging Appeals (to be sure of them being heard in the Normal Round) Friday 26 March 2021
LA re-allocates places available from schools' waiting lists
Schools take responsibility for waiting lists and re-allocation
Wednesday 21 April 2021
(Wednesday 22 April 2020) 

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 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 29th March 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, 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) test.

You will find some possible scenarios on the next page.

Last modified on Friday, 25 September 2020 19:58