Starting secondary school

Apply for a secondary school place for September 2020, if your child was born between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or statement of special educational needs you don’t need to apply through this admission process. Please contact instead.

Waiting lists

If you're not happy with the school place your child has been offered you can ask for them to be added to the waiting list for:

  • any of the Medway schools named on your application
  • any other Medway school that wasn't named on your application (you can't ask to go on the waiting list of a grammar school if your child hasn't been assessed as grammar under the Medway Test)

If you are not a Medway resident, please note that the waiting lists are subject to your home local authority's admissions arrangements.

You will need to complete the waiting list request form, which will be available after offer day and return it to Medway Council's School Services by Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Your child will not be automatically added to any waiting lists unless you complete this form and we receive it.


  • Waiting lists close on 31 December 2020
  • We will offer vacant places to children on the schools' waiting lists from the week starting 20 April 2020
  • A child's place on a waiting list is held in oversubscription criteria order, not first come first served
  • A child can only be considered on a waiting list for a Medway Grammar School if they have been assessed as grammar via the Medway Test.

If your child is offered a place from a waiting list

If your child is offered a place at a school from a waiting list, we will:

  • automatically withdraw any other school place offer you hold so it can be offered to another child
  • after the end of the school year, contact you before making an offer to see if you want the new school offer or not
  • remove your child from any waiting list for schools named as a lower preference than the one offered, but let your child remain on the lists for schools named higher.

If you want to remove your child from waiting lists

If you decide you're satisfied with a school offer and don't wish for your child to stay on waiting lists you must tell us in writing by emailing

If you do not do this, your child will stay on the waiting lists and may be able to receive another offer of a school place, which means any other offer will be removed.