Towards the end of Year 5, parents and children should be thinking about secondary schools. It is important that this is an agreed choice, and absolutely crucial that children are allowed to visit secondary schools- either on open evenings or open days, where there is sometimes a truer reflection of the school.
We are encouraging as many parents as possible to complete the Secondary Common Application Form online through the Kent website this year. As we appreciate this may be a daunting task for some parents, Anna Brown, our FLO would like to offer her services (and computer!) to enable you to do this. If you would like to apply online and need support or advice, please telephone the school for an available time, or speak to Mrs Brown herself on the door.
Applications for children due to start secondary school in September 2018 open on 1 September 2018 and close on 31 October 2018.
Applications are processed between 1 November 2018 and 28 February 2019.
For applications please go to www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/secondary-school-places
More information about secondary please visit Kent's website.
My child is in Year 6. How do I apply for a secondary school place?
Apply online on your home Local Authority’s website or complete a Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) from your home Local Authority.
If you apply online, you will be emailed on 1st March 2019 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered. There is no 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 1st March 2019 to view your offer online. If you need to reset your password you must use the email address you registered with.
If you apply by post, your offer will arrive by first class post on 1st March 2019. Royal Mail no longer guarantees next day delivery on first class post. Please wait 3 working days for your letter to arrive before contacting KCC.
If you have already registered on line for the Kent test, and you are a Kent resident, you can access the information you previously submitted by logging on to the website.
You can apply for up to 4 schools, putting them in order of preference. It's in your best interests to list 4 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.
Will my child automatically sit the Kent Test?
No. Children have to be registered for the test. We will hold an information meeting in Term 5 of Year 5 to gauge how many children will want to take the test the following September. Then a 1:1 meeting with either the Deputy Head or Head will be held to discuss progress and test scores.
The test is sat during one morning and consists of three papers: verbal reasoning, non-verbal reasoning, maths- all multiple choice format. The children are not prepared for this in school- it is up to parents to buy practice papers and go through the format with their child. Children also complete a writing exercise (one hour) which can be used as part of the appeals process if necessary.
My child passed the Kent test; will I automatically be offered a grammar school place?
A Kent grammar school assessment does not guarantee that your child will be offered a Kent grammar school place. If more children apply for places than a school can accommodate the school will apply its oversubscription criteria to decide which children it can take.
I want my child to go to school outside the Kent LA area. Do I still need to complete a Kent SCAF?
Yes, all school applications must be made on your home LA’s application form, even if you are applying for schools outside Kent – you cannot fill out more than one form.