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Dane Court, as an ‘outstanding’ grammar school, is heavily over-subscribed in all year groups and holds waiting lists. The school also requires prospective students to have passed an admissions test. Please read the following advice carefully before making an application to the school via the local education authority.

The latest admissions information for Dane Court

Year 6 Entry into Year 7 in September 2018

Congratulations to all those students who worked hard and passed the Kent Test. If you would like to come to Dane Court, please put it down as your preferred choice on your Secondary Common Application Form. If your son/daughter has not passed the Kent Test and you would like to appeal for a place at Dane Court, you can do this from 1 March 2018 onwards. Appeal forms will be available on-line from Kent County Council. Unfortunately, you cannot appeal for a place before 1 March. Please make sure that you have lodged your appeal with Dane Court by 29 March 2018. Supporting documents can be sent to the school up to 2 weeks before the appeal date.  Appeals are usually held in June or possibly earlier. The Appeal Panel Administrator will then notify you of the time and date of your appeal approximately a couple of weeks in advance of the hearing. An open meeting is held at Dane Court for all parents who wish to appeal for a place for their child. This meeting is attended and run by the Appeals Panel and it will take place in May 2018. The Appeal Panel Administrator will invite you to this meeting. At the meeting, you may ask any relevant questions of the Headteacher or the members of the Appeals Panel, and you will be able to hear questions asked by other parents and the responses given. The school cannot advise you about what can be included as part of your appeal, but you could discuss this with the headteacher of your child’s primary school if you are unsure. Please be aware that to be eligible to appeal, Dane Court must be named on your Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF). In March 2018, if your child has passed the Kent test and you applied for but were not offered a place at Dane Court, please complete the green Waiting List Request Form enclosed with your letter of 1 March and return it to the Admissions Team at Kent County Council by 16 March 2018. If there are any places available these will be allocated to children on the waiting list from 25 April 2018 onwards. If a place does not become available, your case can go to appeal if you submit an appeal form, together with any supporting documentation, directly to the school. The waiting list is maintained in order of the school’s oversubscription criteria. Information about waiting lists and how to appeal will be sent to you on 1 March by Kent County Council when you are told the outcome of your secondary school application.
You can appeal and/or request a place on the waiting list of more than one school. If your son/daughter has not taken the Kent Test, please see the relevant section below.

Year 6 to 7 Admission and the Kent Test from September 2017

What happens when?

Key Action Key Dates in Scheme
Closing date for registration 3 July 2017
Test dates 7 September 2017
Assessment decision sent to parents 12 October 2017
SCAF closing date 31 October 2017
National Offer Day 1 March 2018
Dane Court sends out welcome letters 6 March 2018
Closing date for accepting/declining a school place 16 March 2018

Key points to note in order to gain a place at Dane Court:

  • Make sure your child takes the Kent Test in September
  • You will know the result of the Kent Test before making your choice of schools.
  • If your child has passed the Kent Test, you must put Dane Court as your preferred choice on the ‘Secondary Common Application Form’.
  • If your child has not passed the Kent Test but you want to appeal for a place, you must put Dane Court on your ‘Secondary Common Application Form’, to allow you to lodge an appeal as early as possible.

It is important that you make sure that your son/daughter takes the Kent Test and that Dane Court is your preferred choice, if you would like a place at the school. The school cannot consider any applications to Dane Court without the child having taken the Kent Test. The ‘Secondary Common Application Form’ must be completed for entry to Dane Court Grammar School. This is part of a central admissions system organised by the education authority, not the school. They will be able to answer any questions regarding the admissions process as well as your child’s current primary school. We are delighted to answer any further queries you may have. Open days and evenings are held annually. The next Open day will take place in October 2018. Full details are published in the press and on the website, or available from the school office. Fliers are also sent to all the local primary schools. If you miss the Open Day or would like a further visit, tours can be arranged for another time with the Admissions Officer. There is always something exciting happening at Dane Court to make a visit an interesting and memorable occasion regardless of the time of year. If you would like a tour of the school and its facilities, please contact the school reception (01843-864941).

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