Transition to Secondary School
For many parents planning for their child to transition to secondary school is a worrying time, new school, new buildings, new teachers, new subjects and new friends.
Due to the current situation we are unable to host a Secondary School Transition Meeting, so please watch our video below to help your planning.
Please note that the video shows parents are invited to make four preferences however, because of the delay in the Kent Test and results not being available, Kent County Council has advised:
“To mitigate any disadvantage that this may cause, we are intending to extend preference options from four to six for this year only, to allow parents to name up to two further Grammar schools without impacting their other preference options.”
Parents are free to name any mix of Grammar and non Grammar Schools in their preferences up to a total of six. Please contact the School Office if you require any further advice.
Kent and Bexley Tests
Children who were born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 who have registered to sit the Kent Test will do so in October. If registered to sit the Bexley Test this will take place in November.
Applying for Secondary Schools
If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2021 you will be able to apply on-line at www.kent.gov.uk/ola.
If you have already used the system to register your child for the Kent Test, you will be able to log on and simply add your preferences to the information you have already given. Applications will be open in September and the national closing date for applications is 2nd November 2020.
You can apply for up to 6 schools, putting them in order of preference. 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.
It is important to check whether any of your chosen secondary schools require a Supplementary Form to be completed. This must be returned directly to the school being applied for.
Further information can be found on the Kent County Council's website which can be accessed here.
Secondary School Virtual Visits 2020
Please do check secondary school websites for their prospectus and up-to-date information, however some schools have shared their plans with us:
- Leigh Academy will host a virtual tour for parents, share all relevant information and have interviews from staff members. A letter from The Leigh Academy giving all information can be viewed using this link.
- Gravesend Grammar School will have a virtual tour available for parents and students to view on their website from 17th October.
- Ebbsfleet Academy will host a virtual open event and booking is essential. Please view their flyer using this link. Ebbsfleet Academy is welcoming any questions you may have. Take a look at this flyer.
- Stone Lodge School will hold a virtual online open evening. Please view their flyer using this link.
- Leigh UTC will be hosting a Virtual Open Event on Wednesday 7th October 2020. This can be viewed via the link: https://theleighutc.org.uk/
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- The Judd School will be hosting a Virtual Open Event.
- Dartford Science & Technology College A letter from the DSTC giving all information can be viewed using this link. Their "Virtual School Tour" is now online at https://youtu.be/wcWO-fCLzNE.
- Dartford Girls Grammar School will hold a virtual open event from 3.30pm on 16th October. Please view their flyer using this link.
- Wrotham School have a website page giving an insight into what makes Wrotham School a unique place to learn when making your choice of secondary school.
Please do also take a look at our other online resources;
We hope you find the above information useful and informative but should you have any additional enquiries, please contact email@example.com
We recommend you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your appeal and will guarantee your child has a school place if your appeal is unsuccessful. If your appeal is successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.