Would a Grammar School Suit Your Child?
Registration for the Kent Test opened on 1st June 2020 for children transferring to secondary school in September 2021. The deadline for registration was Wednesday 1st July 2020. If you have missed this deadline, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details - child's name, their current primary school and home address.
It is advisable that parents and carers monitor the Kent Test page of the KCC website for updates, On 22nd July, this webpage was updated to reflect a change in the date of the Kent Test date, both for those children who attend a Kent school and those who attend school outside of Kent, as a result of recent school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic - these new dates have been amended in the table below.
The direct link to this webpage is https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/kent-test#tab-1
Please also take a look at the information provided by KCC regarding the application for a place at a local grammar school for your child. To view, click here.
There are also some useful 11+ familiarisation materials available from the following website:
Application to Secondary School
Application for Secondary Transfers is scheduled to open on Tuesday 1st September. The deadline for online applications is Monday 2nd November. If this deadline is missed then it is still possible to apply using the paper file but this will need to be returned to KCC Admissions as soon as possible after the stated deadline.
It is possible to apply for up to four schools, putting them in order of preference. It is advisable to list four schools as 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.
To apply for a school outside of Kent, name the school in your application along with your other preferences. Your application details will be passed on to the relevant local authority for processing.
Cranbrook School is the only school in Kent with a Year 9 entry. To apply to Cranbrook School please use this link.
Secondary school admission applications will be processed between 3rd November 2020 and Wednesday 24th February 2021. If you apply online, you will receive an email on 1st March 2021 after 4pm to advise you which school you have been offered. KCC do not guarantee the exact time you will receive this email, this often depends on your email service provider!
You can also log in after 5pm on 1st March 2021 to view your offer online.
If you apply using a paper form, your offers will be sent to you by first class post on Monday 1st March 2021. Royal Mail no longer guarantees next day delivery on first class post, therefore it is advised to wait three working days for your letter to arrive before contacting the admissions team.
Find out what to do after you receive your offer here.
We will further update this webpage with information as soon as it is received. Please do check back here for details of Open/Transition Events at local secondary schools that you may be interested in attending with your child(ren). In the meantime, please find below a summary of the important dates you may need to refer to at a quick glance.
Registration for the Kent Test opens Monday 1st June 2020
Closing date for Kent Test registration Wednesday 1st July 2020
Application for Secondary Transfer opens Tuesday 1st September 2020
Kent Test date - for pupils attending a Kent Primary School Thursday 15th October 2020 (was 10th September 2020)
Kent Test date - for pupils not attending a Kent Primary School Saturday 17th October 2020 (was 12th September 2020)
Results of Kent Test sent to parents Thursday 15th October 2020
Closing date for Secondary Transfer applications Monday 2nd November 2020
National Offer Day Monday 1st March 2021
Deadline for late Secondary Transfer applications Mon day 15th March 2021
(and Waiting List requests to be included in reallocation stage)
Deadline for Appeals Friday 26th March 2021
Transition Event Information
The school has received information about the following transition events and programmes to date:
Open Events at The Lenham School - for more information please click here.
To arrange a visit to Bethany School please click here.
For information regarding the Year 6 Transition Programme at Invicta Grammar School please click here.
To view the current prospectus for St Simon Stock Catholic School, please click here. SSSCS also require the completion of the Supplementary Information Form alongside the Local Authority's Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) upon application to the school. You can download a copy of this form here. You can also view the school's Virtual Open Event by clicking here.
To view New Line Learning's Virtual Open Event, please click here.
Hadlow Rural Community School offers a unique ethos and curriculum where land-based education is integrated into the experience as a whole including agriculture, horticulture and animal care. All those wishing to apply to Hadlow Rural Community School for transfer to secondary school in September 2021 are required to sit an admissions test (non-verbal CATS test). This is for all learners regardless of criteria and is a mandatory requirement in order that your child can be ranked and considered for admission.
This year, in order to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines, Hadlow Rural Community School are offering more sessions and reduced pupils per room in order to accommodate forecasted numbers. These are:
1st October at 3.30pm and 4.15pm
8th October at 3.30pm and 4.15pm
15th October at 3.30pm and 4.15pm
The test generally takes less than thirty minutes. Please contact main reception on 01732 853241 in order to book a session for your child should be interested in applying for Hadlow Rural Community School.
Hillview School for Girls is a specialist Performing and Visual Arts college in Tonbridge which selects 10% of students based on their aptitude in one of the four Performing & Visual Arts disciplines - Dance, Drama, Music or Artistic skills. Through a workshop, the school will assess whether a pupil has an aptitude for a subject by determining whether she demonstrates a particular capacity to learn or to develop skills in the Performing & Visual Arts, and that she can benefit from the particular expertise and facilities at the school
Any student with Performing and Visual arts interests are able to apply to Hillview School for Girls to be considered for the aptitude testing. However, they advise that where there is a Performing or Visual Arts interest and the home is more than 6 miles from Hillview that parents seriously consider applying for the aptitude testing. Therefore, if you are interested in your child being assessed for this, please download an application form by clicking the link below or alternatively we have been sent a small number of paper copies of the application form which we can send home to you if you wish for this. Please just get in touch with the school office to request a form.
If you are interested in Hillview School for Girls for your daughter for admission in September 2021, please do refer to their website for more information on Open Events and any alternative arrangements in place as a result of current visiting restrictions.
Please take a look at some of our feeder schools within the local area: