The Greatest Sia
13 October 2016, 17:24
14,300 school children finding out if they have been assessed for grammar or high school.
Kent County Council will email families who registered online for the test after 4pm on Thursday 13 October with their child’s assessment result. However, the volume of emails sent out mean that some internet service providers delay the delivery of the emails to personal email accounts; this is outside of the control of the county council.
Families who registered online can log on after 5pm on Thursday 13 October and view their child’s results if they have retained their log-in and password details. For the first time this year parents will also be able to view their child’s individual test scores online.
Letters will be sent to all 14,349 families on Thursday afternoon, to arrive on doormats from Friday.
Parents need to submit an application for their child’s secondary school by Monday 31 October and can name up to four schools in order of preference.
Roger Gough, Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Education said: “In the past, parents had to go in to their child’s primary school to find out how they scored in the Test. However this year, parents will now be able to view their child’s scores on our website from 5pm on Thursday, results day. This has been a regular request from parents over the years and it is possible this year as we have a new software system. Your child’s Primary school will be able to provide help and advice if needed.
“As in previous years many children from outside of Kent will be unsuccessful in their grammar school applications, this is due to the nature of the over-subscription criteria for Kent schools. Consequently the 4369 children from Kent that have been assessed suitable for grammar school will, in most circumstances, enjoy priority for the majority of 4959 places available at Kent grammar schools. We anticipate a high proportion of the 2145 pupils from outside of Kent will be naming Kent schools, but experience also tells us the vast majority of these children ultimately secure school places in a variety of provision in their home local authorities.
“I appreciate this is a stressful time for families and we try to make the process as straightforward as possible. Kent offers a rich and diverse mix of schools and parents should make use of all their available preferences naming the schools they want most in priority order.
“Details of the secondary schools in Kent and how to apply can be found in the 'Admission to Secondary School in Kent 2017’ booklet available on the www.kent.gov.uk website.
“It is also vital that parents carefully consider how their child will get to school, before applying for a school place. The county council’s policy on home-to-school transport shows if there is any help available for their child.