The wait is almost over for the 16,207 children who sat the Kent Test in September, as they will find out whether they have been assessed as being eligible for a grammar school place.
Families who registered online will be sent an email from Kent County Council after 4pm today (Thursday, October 17) with their child’s assessment result. Due to the volume of emails sent out, some internet service providers may delay the delivery of the emails to personal email accounts; this is outside the control of the county council.
Families who registered online can also log on after 5pm today and view their child’s results and test scores if they have retained their log-in and password details.
First Class letters will be sent to all families this afternoon, to arrive on doormats from Friday.
Parents/carers must now submit an application for their child’s secondary school and the deadline for doing so is midnight on Thursday, October 31. They can name up to four schools in order of preference and are encouraged to make use of all four options. Families are also reminded that passing the Kent Test does not guarantee a child a place at a grammar school.
The number of pupils who sat the test (starting school September 2020) was 16,207. The number assessed as suitable for grammar school, admission September 2020 was 7,735 (4,941 Kent / 2,794 out of county and others such as ‘educated at home’).
There are 5,305 grammar school places available for 2020 although schools can apply to increase the number of admissions.
Matt Dunkley, Corporate Director for Children, Young People and Education, said: “We anticipate the 4,941 Kent children who have been assessed as being suitable for grammar school will, in most cases, enjoy priority for the 5,305 places available in the county over pupils from other authorities.
“Although KCC supports the right of all parents, including those of the 2,794 eligible children outside of Kent to name our schools among their preferences, the nature of the school admissions process means that most children will ultimately secure places in their own local authority area.”
Details of secondary schools in Kent and how to apply can be found here: www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions
KCC’s guidance on home-to-school transport allows parents to see whether there is any help available for their child. Details can be found here: www.kent.gov.uk/schooltransport
For further advice on completing applications call 03000 41 21 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org