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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.

The Application Process has now closed.

If you have applied but your circumstances have changed and you need to amend your application please email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk so they can assist you.

Key Dates

Wednesday 1 September 2021 Online application process opens.
Monday 1 November 2021 Online application process closes for the main round.  Any amendments after this date must be emailed to kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk.
Tuesday 1 March 2022 Offers of school places sent to parents via email after 4.00pm.
Tuesday 15 March 2022 Parents should contact the school to accept/refuse the place that has been offered.  Parents should also fill out the waiting list from the link in the offer email to be added to the waiting list of schools named on the original application.
Monday 28 March 2022

Appeals need to be lodged by this date to be heard before September - appeals information can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/schoolappeals.  You can only appeal for schools that were named on the SCAF.

Appeal Process

If you are unhappy with the school place you've been offered, you can appeal for any of the schools you named in your application.

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.

Further information can be found on the Kent County Council's website This guide is produced to help families who have not got a place at the secondary school they wanted.

Applying for Secondary School in September 2023

Applying for Secondary School in September 2022

For children born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011, transferring to Secondary school in September 2022.

The release date of Kent Test results is Thursday 21 October 2021.

Applications on-line are open at www.kent.gov.uk/ola from Wednesday 1st September 2021 to Monday 1st November 2021. 

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. 

You can name up to four 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.

Admission to Secondary School Leaflet

Admission to Secondary School Booklet for September 2022

If you would like help or advice, or require access to a computer, please contact our Family Support Team.

Further information can be found on Kent County Council's website.

Admissions criteria can be found on the KCC website following this link.  

Kent Test

Kent Test Leaflet for Parents

Registration for the Kent Test opens between 1 June 2021 and 1 July 2021.

Kent will continue to monitor whether any adjustments are required to the Kent Test process this year in light of COVID-19. Please register as usual if you would like your child to be considered for a place at Kent grammar school in September 2022.

The Kent Test is due to be held on:

  • 9 September 2021 for children who go to a school in Kent
  • 11 September 2021 for children who go to school outside of Kent.

If Kent need to make any changes to the Kent Test process in light of COVID-19, they will contact everyone who has registered a child to take part.

The tests are multiple-choice with a separate answer sheet. They are marked by an automated marking machine.

The first test will be an English and Maths paper and will take 1 hour. Each section will involve a 5 minute practice exercise followed by a 25 minute test. The English section will involve a comprehension exercise as well as some additional questions drawn from a set designed to test literacy skills.

The second test will be a reasoning paper. It will take about 1 hour, including the practice sections and questions. It will contain a verbal reasoning section and a non-verbal reasoning section of roughly the same length. The non-verbal reasoning will be split into short sections, administered and timed individually.

There will also be a writing exercise which will not be marked but may be used by a local headteacher panel as part of the headteacher assessment stage of the process. 40 minutes will be allowed for the writing task, including 10 minutes planning time.

Kent Test familiarisation paper (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Bexley Test

Registration for the Bexley Test opens between 4 May and 2 July 2021.

The test sessions are planned for week commencing Monday 13 September 2021. All children registered for the test will be invited to one of these sessions, whether in their own school or at a test centre.

There will be two test papers containing a mixture of questions on verbal reasoning and comprehension, non-verbal reasoning and mathematical reasoning. Each paper will be divided into timed sections, and instructions will be given on an audio soundtrack. Most questions are multiple-choice, and all answers are marked on a separate machine-readable answer sheet. There will be a short break between the two test papers.

A leaflet providing more information relating to this year’s test is available to download.

All parents who register their child for the test will be sent a link to familiarisation materials.

A range of free familiarisation material is also available from GL Assessment.