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A message from Matt Dunkley CBE:

8 March 2019 weekly update

8 March 2019

This week, Matt summarises Kent's Secondary school offer day.

Dear Colleagues

Secondary school offer day

I am delighted to report that more than 95% of children will receive an offer from one of their four preferences after more families than ever before applied for a Secondary school place in Kent.

A total of 21,473 applications were received, up 3.58% on last year’s cohort, while the number of Kent applicants rose from 17,442 in 2018 to 17,959 this year, a 2.96% increase.

Yet despite these increases, the number of pupils getting a place at one of their first preference schools continues to increase.

Of the applicants, 17,959 were from pupils living within Kent and over 90% of these will get one of their top two preference schools.

Finally, on a particularly positive note, well over 90% of families are now taking advantage of KCC’s online application process with 16,759 of the 17,959 Kent applicants applying through the website. This is better for the environment, enabling electronic notification and reducing the amount of paper and printing for the LA.

For further advice about the admission process please email

For more information on how to join a waiting list and/or appeal go to the KCC website

Spring Headteacher Briefings

The dates, times and locations for these Headteacher Briefings are:

  • Tuesday 19 March - 1pm for 1:30pm start to 4pm - Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent ME17 1RE
  • Wednesday 20 March - 1pm for 1:30pm start to 4pm - The Spitfire Ground (Canterbury Cricket Ground), St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3NZ
  • Thursday 28 March - 1:30pm for 2pm start to 4:30pm - Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN24 8UX

To book a place, please email confirming your name and school, and the session you are able to join. An agenda will be available on the day.

Matt Dunkley CBE
Corporate Director
Children, Young People and Education