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Applying for a place in years 7-11

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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

For information on the admissions process including the changes this year please see the Kent County Council website.

Year 6 Entry into Year 7 in September 2021

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 to be submitted by 2 November 2020. You will receive your offer letter from Kent County Council on 1 March 2021 and if you are successful in gaining a place welcome packs will be sent out by the school around 4 March 2021. If your child has passed the Kent test and you applied for but were not offered a place at Dane Court, please complete the Waiting List Request by 15 March 2021. If there are any places available these will be allocated to children on the waiting list from 21 April 2021 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 deadline for lodging appeals is Friday 26 March 2021.

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.

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 2021 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 26 March 2021. Supporting documents can be sent to the school up to 2 weeks before the appeal date. Appeals are usually held in May or June. The Appeal Panel Clerk will then notify you of the time and date of your appeal approximately 10 days in advance of the hearing. 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).

Year 6 to 7 Admission and the Kent Test from September 2020

What happens when?

Key Action Key Dates in Scheme
National closing date for applications 2 November 2020
National Offer Day 1 March 2021
Dane Court sends out welcome letters around 4 March 2021
Closing date for accepting/declining a school place 15 March 2021

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, especially with regards to the changes this year. We are delighted to answer any further queries you may have. Open days and evenings are held annually. Details of the Open Day and how it will run during the COVID-19 pandemic will be published in the press and on the website, or available from the school office in due course. Fliers are also sent to all the local primary schools.

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