When is the deadline for registering for the Kent Test?

Parents and carers who would like their children to be considered for a grammar school place in Kent from September 2022 have just under two weeks to register them for the Kent Test.

Registration needs to be completed by midnight on July 1 and, to be eligible, children must be resident in the UK and expecting to start their final year in primary school in September 2021.

The Kent Test registration deadline is approaching. Stock image
The Kent Test registration deadline is approaching. Stock image

This year’s test will go ahead in September, as is normally the case – unlike last year when it was delayed by a month in line with Department for Education's Covid-19 guidance.

The test is expected to be held on September 9 for children who currently go to school in Kent, or the weekend of September 11 for those attending school outside of the county.

Shellina Prendergast, Kent County Council’s (KCC) cabinet member for education and skills, said: “The Kent Test helps parents and children to identify the most suitable type of school for the next stage of their education.

“If you are interested in a grammar school place for your child, you need to register them for the Kent Test by the deadline of July 1.

“While it has been a difficult year for all families, the Kent Test combines a formal assessment with an independent review process led by Kent Head Teachers, allowing each child’s individual circumstances to be considered before a result is decided."

Shellina Prendergast, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills
Shellina Prendergast, KCC’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills

She added: “In light of all that children have had to cope with over the last year, we are continuing to work with schools in an effort to ensure that the process does not disadvantage them further.

“Nearly all Kent grammar schools now give some priority for pupils eligible for free school meals in their admissions arrangements and we are particularly keen to encourage these families to register and sit the test if their child is interested in attending a Kent grammar school.”

To register online, click here.

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