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 2019 has now been determined by the Governing Body and can also be found below.

Admissions Policy 2019

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. 

The details on how to appeal can be found on the KCC website

Kent County Council's Admissions Criteria for 2019/2020

The 2019 Secondary School Admissions booklet

In Year Admission Form (IYAF) 2019

Knole Academy Admissions Process 2020


Information on September 2019 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 Form If 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

The timetable for appeals is as follows:-

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2019

4pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals.  Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2019.  You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.  Appeal forms and other information may be emailed to (preferred method) or posted to Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.

The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place at the school

Tuesday 25 June & Wednesday 26 June 2019

Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on

Tuesday 25 June & Wednesday 26 June 2019

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 Stage 1 hearing.

Any additional supporting evidence

Wednesday 19 June 2019.  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.  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.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 2 weeks after the last hearing for the school.

IN YEAR APPEALS - Last day for lodging appeal forms following a refusal for a place mid-term.

20 school days upon receipt of your letter of refusal.  You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage.  Appeal forms and other information may be emailed or posted to Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel, PO Box 367, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4XZ.  Appeals are held within 30 school days of the receipt of the appeal form.

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

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Knole Enterprises

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