If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2019 you will need 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 the 31st October 2018.
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.
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.
If you would like help or advice, or require access to a computer, please contact Debby Clucas, our Family Support Manager or come to the School Office.
Further information can be found on the Kent County Council's website which can be accessed here.
If you were unable to attend our Secondary School Transfer Meeting the powerpoint can be viewed here.
We have amalgamated the Open Days/Evenings for local Secondary Schools but please check their websites for any changes.
Kent and Bexley Tests
Children who were born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 can sit the Kent and Bexley selection tests in September 2018 when they are in Year 6 of primary school. The test covers entry to the grammar schools in Kent and Bexley and is open to all children regardless of where they live.
Kent Test If you want to apply for a year 7 place at a Kent grammar school, you must register your child for the Kent Test. The test assesses whether grammar school is a suitable option for your child. Registration opens on 1st June 2018 and information is available at http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/kent-test. The closing date for registration is 2nd July 2018. Your child will take the test in Year 6 here at their primary school on 6th September 2018.
Bexley Test If you want to apply for a year 7 place at a Bexley grammar school, you must register your child for the Bexley Test. Registration opens on 1st May 2018 and a link to the registration form and further information can be found on the Bexley selection test webpage at www.bexley.gov.uk/selectiontests. The closing date for registration is 8th July 2018. Your child will sit the test on either 11th September 2018 or 12th September 2018 at a test centre.
Kent Test Results Day
The 2018 Kent Test results are out on 11th October 2018 and you will get your results:
by email: if you registered online we'll email your results after 4pm. We cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this depends on your email service provider
online: you can log inafter 5pm to view your results and scores online
by post: results will be sent by first class post on 11th October 2018
We have been informed that this year, parents who registered their child online for testing will be able to look up the child's standardised test scores by logging into their account. The scores are not given in the assessment email and they are not automatically displayed on log in - parents can decide whether or not to click on a button to display them.
Bexley Test Results Day
The 2018 Bexley Test results are out on 4th October 2018.
What Happens When?
31st October 2018 - Closing date for applications. 1st March 2019 - Offers of school places sent to parents. 15th March 2019 - Date by which to accept or refuse place offered. Also date by which you should ask to go on a school's waiting list. 29th March 2019 - Date by which you may lodge an appeal.
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.