Admissions & Appeals


Knole Academy Admissions Information Booklet

Knole Academy Admissions Information Booklet 2022-23

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.


Once your child has been offered a place at Knole Academy, all new parents will receive a login and password for our new online admissions system, Admissions+. Parents will need to access this to complete their child's contact and welfare information prior to their starting date. Please click on the link below:

Expressive Arts Test

  • Expressive Arts Exam. Please note this is only for Year 6 into Year 7 student transition and the application submission deadline was Friday 24 September 2021.

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

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 using the email address  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 2022/2023In Year Admissions Form


Appeal Dates & Information 2022/2023


If you have not been offered a place following an in year applicaiton, the law entitles you to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. In accordance with the 2022 School Admission Appeals Code Appeals, the admission authority had elected for all In year admissions appeals to be held online.

If you wish to appeal, please use this link to complete your appeal online. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is highly recommended that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form. Booklet Link  

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 :

Information about Secondary Transfer appeals will be posted on this website before 28 February 2023.

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 POST the Clerk with FIVE copies of any additional evidence.  After the appeal form has been lodged, we do not accept E mailed 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.  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 working days after the hearing.


In addition, it is suggested that you:

Dowload and carefully read the Appeals Guide

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.

For more advice on how to lodge an appeal



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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