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Applying for a place in years 7-11

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Dane Court, as an ‘outstanding’ grammar school, is over-subscribed in most year groups and has a waiting list. The school 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.

If you are interested in applying for a place in year 7 at Dane Court Grammar School please see the information below.

Year 6 Entry into Year 7 in September 2023

If your child has passed the Kent Test and would like to come to Dane Court, please put it down as your preferred choice on your Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) to be submitted by 31 October 2022. Please see our Admissions Policy including our admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria.

If your child has been in receipt of Free School Meals anytime in the last 6 years you should also complete a  pdf Supplementary Information Form (156 KB)  and return it to the school office by 31 October. You will then be considered under the Pupil Premium oversubscription criteria.

You will receive your offer letter from Kent County Council on 1 March 2023 and if you are successful in gaining a place letters will be sent out by the school around 3 March 2023. 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 2023. If there are any places available these will be allocated to children on the waiting list from 25 April 2023 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 Tuesday 28 March 2023. Please be aware that to be eligible to appeal, Dane Court must be named on your Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF).

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 child has not taken the Kent Test, please see the relevant section below.

If your child 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 2023 onwards. The appeal form will be available on the Kent County Council website. Unfortunately, you cannot appeal for a place before 1 March. You must submit your appeal before Tuesday 28 March 2023 for it to be considered by Thursday 16 June 2023. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education. Please note the appeal form and supporting documents should be submitted as hard copies to the school.

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

Year 6 to 7 Admission and the Kent Test from September 2022

What happens when?

Key Action Key Dates in Scheme
National closing date for applications 31 October 2022
National Offer Day 1 March 2023
Dane Court sends out welcome letters around 3 March 2023
Closing date for accepting/declining a school place 15 March 2023

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

  • Make sure your child takes the Kent Test in September
  • 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 been in receipt of Free School Meals anytime in the last 6 years you should also complete a pdf Supplementary Information Form (156 KB)  and return it to the school office by 31 October.
  • 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 child 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. Details of the Open Day and how it will run will be published on the website and on school social media channels, or available from the school office. Fliers are also sent to all the local primary schools.

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