Admissions & Appeals


Knole Academy Admissions Information Booklet

Knole Academy Admissions Information Booklet for Year 7 entry in September 2024

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 transition.  Applications are now closed for 2024 entry. 

Knole Academy is an expressive arts school and 10% of the places (24) will be offered to students who show particular aptitude for performing arts and/or the visual arts. 

Parents applying for their child/ren to sit the expressive art online test are expected to name Knole Academy as one of their school preferences on the SCAF. If parents do not have a strong preference for Knole Academy we would ask them not to apply for a place in order to allow the places to be allocated to students who intend to attend the academy if successful. The tests are intended to identify aptitude not ability.

If 10% of the places are not filled on artistic aptitude they will become available to other applicants using the oversubscription criteria. 

After the closing date the work produced will be ranked and moderated by specialist teachers from the academy from the relevant subjects. The ranked list, to be used for selection by aptitude in expressive arts, is returned to the local authority to enable them to allocate places at the same time as other school places are allocated. 

Our Admissions Policy has been determined by the Governing Body and can be found below.  Admissions Policy 2024

Admissions Policy 2023

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 2023/2024In Year Admissions Form


Appeal Dates & Information 


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 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 suggested 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 :

If the appeal link does not work type in the URL address box:

Information about Secondary Transfer appeals will be posted on this website before 28 February 2024.


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.


Timetable for appeals for mid-term applications is as follows:

Last day for lodging appeal forms following a refusal for a place an ‘in year’ or ‘mid-term’. You must lodge the appeal form within 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. Appeals are held within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form.


Timetable for appeals for the 6th form is as follows:

Last day for Lodging appeals

4pm on Thursday 31 August 2023 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard within the first weeks of September. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal on the online form and supply any documentary evidence at this stage e.g. a copy of your result sheet.


Please note the timetable is very short to enable those appellants who win appeals to start as early into the school year as possible. 


Click here for the 6th form appeal form
Appeal date The date will be during the month of September 2023.


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

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Knole Sports Partnership

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Knole Enterprises

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