Monday March 2nd is National Secondary Schools Allocation day, although children in different Local Authorities receive results at different times. Kent and Medway parents who have registered online will have their decisions available after 4 p.m., with a paper copy and further details of what to do next being sent to all families to arrive on Tuesday.
Some other parts of England have different arrangements; for example, in Lincolnshire, parents who have applied online can get their results at 00.30 on Monday morning.
One Lincolnshire primary school has arranged for ITV 'Good Morning Britain' to "watch some of our Year 6 parents and carers open their children’s secondary school offer letters live on air. Any Year 6 parents or carers who applied online are welcome to attend at any time from 5.45am through until 8.30am for a chance to be on the television. Hot breakfast will be provided for all those attending. Parents and carers attending must bring in their login details for the Lincolnshire County Council School Admissions Website. iPads will be provided for logging into the website to collect your offer letters. Please do not look at your offers online until you get to school!!!". I suspect they are being optimistic in asking parents not to look in advance!
I will be on air at 6.45 a.m. commenting on proceedings and giving my views on what they should do next if unsuccessful.......
Kent and Medway Local Authorities choose the later time, so that families have the opportunity to adjust to the situation at home that evening, before the inevitable debates at the school gates next morning or on social media, so that children are not immediately faced with difficult situations in the school playground. I must say I agree!