The admission of children with Education, Health and Care Plans to schools is a matter for the Local Authority who has statutory responsibility for arranging their provision.   There are admissions criteria for each special school that are applied in order to determine if a particular special school would be a suitable placement.

A link to the admissions criteria for Kent special schools can be found by clicking here.

The named officer in the relevant Area Education Office explains the arrangements for admission to parents and carers as part of the statutory assessment process or as part of any school transition process but further advice is available directly from the Area Offices:

East Kent (Canterbury, Thanet and Swale) –

Tel: 03000 421160


South Kent (Ashford, Dover and Shepway) –

Tel: 03000 420889


West Kent (Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and Malling) –

Tel: 03000 420997


North Kent (Dartford, Gravesham and Sevenoaks) –

Tel: 03000 419345


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