“Choosing the right secondary school for your child is an important decision and it is essential that you have the correct information as to how the system works. Parents are sometimes given to understand that they might not get in to a particular school if they do not put it as their first preference. This is not correct.
Parents should name their schools in genuine preference order. It is the local authority (Kent County Council) that coordinates school applications; individual schools do not know in which order of preference they have been named. Pupils are always ranked in accordance with each school’s oversubscription criteria.
This means that you should name the school that you would most like your child to attend as your highest preference, not the school you think you are most likely to get. It is the case that if more than one of the schools you name can offer a place; the local authority will always offer you the school named as the highest available preference.
So the order in which you rank schools does matter, but as an expression of your preference and nothing else.”
Member for Sevenoaks North and Darenth Valley
Leader of Kent County Council
Please take a look at our admissions policy below and ensure that you read it fully before completing any forms. The admissions policy recognises two types of place:
- Faith Places, for children of families who regularly attend a Christian Church in order to be considered as a Faith applicant you must complete a supplementary Information Form.
- Open Places, which are available to all applicants.
The Admissions Policy will help you to decide which type of place to apply for
Applications for school places are run through the Kent County Council (KCC) admissions system.
Secondary Transfer applications for 2024 entry in Year 7 - the application window closes on 31 October 2023.
Supplementary Application Forms to apply for Faith places for 2024 entry must be submitted to Trinity School - the application deadline is midnight on 15 November 2023.
If you have not been offered a place following an in year application, the law entitles you to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. Appeals for In year admissions are held online.
Please note that you can only appeal if you have been refused a place in writing after making a formal application. The links below are NOT application forms.
If you wish to appeal, please use the following link:
Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form.
You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.
Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months. If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs with a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.
If you wish to contact the clerk – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If the appeal link does not work type in the URL address box: www.edap.link/myschoolappeal
YEAR 7 ADMISSION APPEALS – 2024 INTAKE
Information about Secondary Transfer appeals will be posted on this website before 28 February 2024.
IN YEAR ADMISSION APPEALS
The timetable for ‘in-year’ appeals is as follows:-
Last day for lodging appeal forms
20 School days after the decision letter informing you that you had not been offered a place.
Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel
At least 10 school days before the hearing. This MAY be e mailed.
Any additional supporting evidence
FIVE working days before your hearing. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence by POST. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner. Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies. These should be sent to PO BOX 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.
Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel
Usually within 5 - 10 school days after the hearing.
SIXTH FORM APPEALS 2024
Further information regarding Sixth Form Appeals will be updated shortly.
Late and In Year Admissions
We are happy to receive late and in-year applications. Please complete the Kent County Council In Year Application Forms as appropriate and return to the office by email or post.
If you wish to be considered as a Faith Applicant please also complete the Supplementary form below:-
Further information about moving schools during a school year can be found on the