Admissions & Appeals


If you have any questions regarding Admissions, please email

Knole Academy is an all ability school with 120 grammar stream places which are offered to students who have passed, or who have just failed to pass the Kent selection test. Please see below for further information. In addition, Knole Academy is a specialist Expressive Arts College and as a result is able to select 10% of students based on their aptitude in one of the four expressive arts disciplines of dance, drama, music or visual arts.  For further details on ‘aptitude' please contact our Admissions Secretary for information.

Expressive arts places have been provided by the governors for students who have an aptitude for the expressive arts and who would not otherwise be able to gain access to a place due to the distance of their home from the school.  These places are very sought-after and we would request that parents do not apply for them if they are likely to gain a place according to the normal criteria (e.g. sibling or closeness to the school).  Moreover, we would hope that parents do not abuse this opportunity by using it as a fall-back position.  Such an approach is inappropriate and should not be necessary under the Kent Admission Scheme. It is anticipated that the number of grammar stream places could increase in line with demand from parents.

Our Admissions Policy for 2021 have now been determined by the Governing Body and can be found below.  

Admissions Policy 2021

Admissions Policy 2022

Admissions FAQs

In Year Casual Applications

For in year casual applications, you will need to complete and return to us the appropriate form which can be downloaded below.  Completed applications should be sent directly to Knole Academy for the attention of the Admissions Secretary.  If the academy does not have space in a year group you will be sent a letter informing you that the academy has no places for your child.  You will then have an option to go on the academy's waiting list and/or appeal.  Names are kept on the waiting list for the remainder of the academic year, at the end of which all names are removed.  Should you wish your child to remain on the waiting list for the next academic year, it is your responsibility to submit another IYCAF. 

Kent County Council's Admissions Criteria for 2020/2021

The 2020 Secondary School Admissions booklet

In Year Admission Form (IYAF) 2020

Knole Academy Admissions Process 2021

Knole Academy Admissions Information Booklet 2021-22


Information on September 2020 Admissions Appeals

If you have not been offered a place at Knole Academy, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an independent Appeal Panel.  This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority.  The appeals are held at the school.  Please note that some of the arrangements for appeals are different to previous years.

If you wish to appeal, please download our Appeal FormAppeal Dates & Information for September 2020 AdmissionsIf you are using Internet Explorer and experience problems downloading please contact the School Office.  Please DO NOT use the Kent County Council form.  Please return the form by post or email to the address on the appeals form (also given below) and NOT Kent County Council:

Appeals Administrator, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ or

In addition, it is suggested that you:

Download and carefully read the Knole Academy Appeals GuideYou 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.

For more advice on how to lodge an appeal




Expressive Arts Test

  • Expressive Arts Exam Expressive Arts Exam - Applications have now closed 23.9.20, will re-open again September 2021 for the Academic year 2022/23.

Knole Partnerships

Kent Oaks Consortium

Kent Oaks Consortium offers outstanding initial teaching training in a vibrant school environment. The consortium is accredited by the University of Sussex, and in partnership, we provide practical experience supported by sound pedagogy.
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Knole Sports Partnership

The Knole Sports Partnership was established in 2010 with the aim of supporting local primary schools to deliver a high-quality programme of physical education.
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Knole Enterprises

Knole Academy is privileged to have a variety of wonderful, modern facilities that are set in extensive grounds in Sevenoaks.
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