Secondary Transfer Co-ordinated Scheme for Kent.


The Secondary Transfer Scheme to co-ordinate admissions to Kent Secondary Schools has been agreed by all admissions authorities.


The key features of the scheme are:


  • There is a standard form known as a Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF).


  • Parents were invited to express six preferences in priority order, including any schools outside the LA area.


  • Some schools asked parents to provide additional information on a supplementary form.  This was not an application form; the only valid application form was the SCAF.


  • The closing date for return of completed SCAFs was 2 November 2020.


  • The LA notified all secondary schools of applications for their school.  The schools applied their over-subscription criteria and sent back to the LA a list of all applicants ranked in priority order.


  • The LA acted as a clearing house for all applications, and matched each schools’ ranked list against other schools’ ranked lists and:


  1. Where a child was eligible for a place at only one of the nominated schools, that school was offered.


  1. Where a child was eligible for a place at two or more nominated schools a place was allocated at whichever of these was the highest ranked preference.


  1. Where a child was not eligible for a place at any of the nominated schools, the child was allocated a place at an alternative school.


  • On 1 March 2021 the home LA notified parents of the school allocation decision.


  • On 21 April 2021 Kent County Council allocated places at schools with vacancies to children on schools’ waiting lists, in accordance with their oversubscription criteria.


  • After 21 April, schools with vacancies allocate places to children on their waiting lists, in accordance with their oversubscription criteria.




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