Applications for secondary school places for Kent’s current Year 6 children are already open, with a closing date of 2 November.
However, many families will be awaiting the results of the Kent Test, which are due out today (Wednesday), and will indicate pupils’ suitability for grammar or high school.
Families who registered online can log on after 5pm and view their test outcome if they have retained their log-in and password details.
KCC will also email families who registered online for the test after 4pm but parents should be aware that the volume of emails sent out mean that some internet service providers delay the delivery of the emails to personal email accounts and this is outside of the council’s control.
Letters will be sent to nearly 14,000 families tomorrow, to arrive on doormats from Thursday and parents are advised to look at the oversubscription criteria for popular schools and take an informed view about whether they are likely to be able to secure a place at their preferred schools.
KCC Cabinet Member for Education Roger Gough, said: “This is a particularly important time for Kent’s Year 6 children and their parents or carers.
“Some serious decisions need to be taken, because making the right choice of secondary school will have a major impact on the rest of their education.
“Kent has a diverse mix of schools and it is important that parents and carers use all their available preferences, naming the schools they prefer in order of priority.
“We also recommend personal visits to each school in their catchment area and take advice from their child’s current primary school.”
Details of the secondary schools in Kent and how to apply can be found in the “Admission to Secondary School in Kent 2016” booklet available on www.kent.gov.uk/kenttest
The deadline for secondary school applications for children starting school in September next year is Monday, 2 November. Year 6 children can name up to four preferred schools.
The easiest way to apply is online www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
Before applying for a school place, it is vital that parents carefully consider how their child will get there each day.
The county council’s policy on home-to-school transport shows if there is any help available for their child.
See www.kent.gov.uk/schooltransport for more information.
Kent Test in figures (comparing last year to this)
- Number who registered for the test (starting school September 2015): 13,704
- Number who registered for the test (starting school September 2016): 14,434
- Number who sat the test (starting school September 2015): 12,990
- Number who sat the test (starting school September 2016): 13,723
- Number assessed suitable for grammar school, admission September 2015: 5,753 (4,043 Kent /1,696 out of county/ 14 others such as ‘educated at home’)
- Number assessed suitable for grammar school, admission September 2016: 6,258 (4,282 Kent / 1,965 out of county/ 11 others such as ‘educated at home’)
- Grammar school places available for September 2015: 4,767
- Grammar school places available for September 2016: 4,803
Grammar schools retain the ability to request that the LA make offers in excess of their planned admission number, so this number may increase.
If a Kent child is assessed suitable for grammar school, will they automatically be offered a grammar school?
No. Places must be offered in accordance with parental preference with the highest available preference being offered. A Kent grammar school assessment cannot guarantee that a child will be offered a grammar school place because if more children apply for places than a school can accommodate the school must use its oversubscription criteria to decide which children it can take.
Schools can legally admit above their published admission number if they have the space and resources to admit additional pupils. Where schools wish to do this they must inform the LA in January ahead of National Offer Day in March. Historically a number of children, often from out-of-county, secure a grammar assessment but do not subsequently apply for a Kent grammar school place.
Last year all pupils assessed suitable for grammar school who could not be offered one of their preferred schools, were offered a grammar school place elsewhere by the local authority.
When will families find out which school they have been allocated?
The national offer day is 1 March 2016. Families who registered online and provided a valid email address will be sent an email after 4pm on 1 March.
Families will also be sent a letter posted 1st Class on 1 March 2016, advising which school their child has been offered.