Admissions

September 2022 Entry

The Planned Admissions Number for the Year 7 Entry in September 2022 is 210.

Applications for Year 7 places for September 2022 DO require a supplementary form to be completed if you wish to apply for a special aptitude place.

Appeals: Information & Guidance

If you have not been offered a place at The Whitstable School, you can appeal, the deadline for this is 26th March 2021.  Information on how to appeal can be found on the KCC website here.  Please ensure that you read the guidance notes published online before submitting your appeal.  As The Whitstable School is part of Swale Academies Trust all appeal forms must be submitted to the school.  The Whitstable School uses an externally appointed Independent Appeals Panel.

Due to the restrictions brought in because of Covid-19 we may be unable to arrange hearings in person.  The Government bought in regulations in April 2020 to allow appeals to be heard remotely by virtual hearings.  The normal timescales for hearing appeals were also suspended.  These regulations have recently been extended until 30th September 2021.

Do not send your appeal to the local authority.  Please send your form to Mrs J Croucher, Admissions Officer: either by email or by post.

The appeal form is in Word format. The panel would prefer the form to be typed, but handwritten forms, in black ink, are acceptable. Please ensure that the Clerk can read your details including telephone numbers and email addresses. ‘Signatures’ may be typed. 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.  Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.

If you decide to send in additional information after you have sent your appeal form, you must provide 5 copies for the panel.

Appeal hearing
The hearing lets you explain to an independent appeal panel why you think your child should be given a place at the school and lets the school explain why it could not offer your child a place.
Appeal hearings usually take 30 minutes and are held Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm.
We’ll send you the details and a copy of the school’s case at least 10 school days before the hearing. If you want to send us any additional evidence you must make sure that we get it at least 5 school days before the hearing date.

Decision
We will write to tell you the panel’s decision as soon as possible. We cannot tell you the decision by telephone.
If your appeal is unsuccessful, you can’t lodge another appeal to the same school for the same school year, unless you can show your circumstances have changed since the first appeal.

Appeals relating to late applications for a place

If your application was made after Monday 2 November 2020 (closing date for applications for secondary school places) appeals will be heard as soon as practicably possible and ideally before the start of the new school year.  

Appeals Timeline for 2021 Admissions

Date Details
Monday 4th March 2021 Offer Date
Friday 26th March 2021
by 4pm

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in Year 7 to start in September 2021.

Note: Appeals which are received after this date will wherever possible be heard together with those appeals lodged before the deadline.  Where this is not possible, they will be heard as soon as practicably possible and ideally before the start of the new school year.

Monday 24th May 2021 Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent to you from the Independent Appeal Panel, this will be at least 10 school days before the stage 1 hearing.
Friday 28th May 2021
by midday

Deadline for any supporting evidence.

Additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account.

Monday 14th June 2021
9.30am
Stage 1: Part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place remotely via zoom meeting.
Monday 14th June 2021 Stage 2: Individual private hearings, will take place remotely via zoom.  Due to the high number of appeals these are likely to take place over several days.
Up to 2 weeks after the hearing A letter will be sent form the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel.

Waiting List

Parents of children who have not been offered a place at the school may ask for their child’s name to be placed on a waiting list. The waiting list, which will be maintained until the end of Term 2, will be operated using the same admissions criteria listed in the Admissions Policy. Placing a child’s name on the waiting list does not guarantee that a place will become available. It is possible that when a child is directed under the Local Authority’s fair access protocol they will take precedence over those children already on the list.

In-Year (Casual) Admissions

Requests for applications for a place at the school in-year must initially be made in writing. A Local Authority application form can be collected from the school and returned when completed.

The Headteacher will offer a place if one is available and their child meets the criteria for admission. If a place is not offered, parents will be offered the opportunity of placing their child’s name on a waiting list. This does not prevent parents from exercising their right to appeal against the decision not to offer a place.