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Kent Test registration opens for 2018 grammar school places

PUBLISHED: 17:08 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:09 07 June 2017

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Parents have until July 3 to register their children for the test

Parents of year six children looking for a place at a county grammar school next year are being encouraged to register for the Kent Test.

Families have until July 3 to register for the tests, which will take place after the summer break on September 7 for children who go to school in Kent, and September 9 for those outside of the county, before results are sent out on October 12.

Roger Gough, Kent County Council cabinet member for education said: “To speed up the process we urge as many parents as possible to register online.

“Some 95 per cent of all test registrations are made this way and allows results to be sent by email.

“The Kent Test helps parents and children find the most suitable type of school for the next stage of their education.

“As more grammar schools include priority for pupils eligible for free school meals in their admissions arrangements we are particularly keen to encourage these families to register and sit the test.“

To be registered for testing, children must be resident in the UK and expecting to start their final year in primary school in September 2017.

Parents who register online will be sent their child’s assessment by e-mail after 4pm on October 12, while those who register by post will get the assessment decision in a letter sent by first class post on the same day.

On National Offer Day, March 1, 2018, the county council will offer parents the highest available of their preferences, not necessarily a grammar school.

Parents can choose up to four schools in order of preference and have a right to appeal for any school they named and were not offered.

If their child is eligible to join a waiting list for their preferred school they could later get a place which has become vacant since the first offers were made.

Obtaining a ‘grammar assessment’ in the Kent Test does not guarantee that a child will be offered a grammar school place as – like any popular school – grammar schools may be oversubscribed.

By law, oversubscribed schools must use their oversubscription criteria to rank children for admission.

Children living outside Kent will need to apply for a Kent school place via their own local authority’s preference form.

To register online, log on to www.kent.gov.uk/ola or alternatively a paper copy of the test registration form can be downloaded on the council website, picked up from primary schools, or sent by post on request by calling 03000 41 21 21 or emailing kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk

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