How to Apply

On this page we will guide you through the stages of applying for a place at Kent College. International students should refer to the International Admissions page.

Kent College UK registration form

Stage 1: Register

The first stage is to complete our online registration form, and pay the registration fee. The registration fee of £100 covers administration costs and is non-refundable. Completing a registration form does not in any way commit you to the school, nor does it guarantee admission. But you do need to register for your child to be assessed for entry to the school.

Kent College offers learning support through our Dyslexia Support Centre, and individual tuition. Please let us know at this stage if your child needs extra support and provide us with any assessment reports. There will be an opportunity to meet our Learning Strategies Coordinator or SENCO to discuss your child’s needs, and to make sure that Kent College is able to meet them, once we have all the relevant information.

Once you have registered your child will automatically be invited to the relevant assessment days. If you wish to enter your child for any scholarships you will need to fill out the relevant forms by registering online and following the scholarship application details. If you would like to enquire about bursaries please contact a member of our Admissions team registrarseniorschool@kentcollege.co.uk or call +44 (0)1227 763231. Please see the Scholarship and Bursaries page for more detailed information.

Stage 2: Assessments

Kent College holds annual assessment days for the main points of entry into the school. Pupils wishing to enter into other years should speak to the Admissions team about requirements. In all cases a school report will be requested from the pupil’s current school.

Year 7 (11+) Kent College entrance exams are held at the end of January and cover English, Mathematics and Non-verbal reasoning. There is also a ‘getting to know you’ session for both pupils and parents with a member of the Senior Management Team. Offers are generally sent out during the February half term.

Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 (ages 12-15) Applicants are required to take entrance examinations in English, Mathematics and Non-verbal reasoning. There is also a ‘getting to know you’ interview session for both pupils and parents with the Head Master or a member of the Senior Management Team. Following the marking of their examination papers, applicants should expect a response within a week.

Year 12 (16+) Pupils wishing to join from other UK schools and taking GCSEs are usually offered a place based on their school reports and meeting our minimum requirements. Pupils normally need a minimum of 6 GCSE passes with at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to study at A level or for the IB Diploma.

For information about scholarship assessments please see the Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Student in classroom
Student in classroom playing musical instruments

Stage 3: An offer of a place

You have met our entry criteria – congratulations!

Once a place has been offered by the school you will be asked to complete an acceptance form and pay a deposit (refunded from school fees when the pupil leaves).



Stage 4: Parents' Contract

We require all parents to complete a Parents' Contract that sets out the terms and conditions on joining the school. In addition parents will need to complete the following online forms before their child joins the school:

  • Medical questionnaire – the school is required by UK law to hold medical information including emergency contact details and parental consents for all pupils. Please note new pupils cannot start term until this online form has been completed.
  • Laptop and IT usage agreements – these agreements summarise the commitments of the school by providing a laptop computer for educational purposes, and of pupils and parents/guardians. They also outline acceptable usage within the school premises and on school laptops.
  • Biometrics consent form – biometrics information is used for systems such as print and copy cost control, access control, purchase of items in Cafe 1885 and registration.

Student in classroom during class session

Induction All Year 7 pupils are invited with their parents to our New Pupils’ Information Day in June. All new pupils are asked to attend an induction morning before term starts in September. For more details about what you will need to know about for starting at Kent College please see our Joining Us section.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to a member of our Admissions team please email registrarseniorschool@kentcollege.co.uk or call 01227 763231

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