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Year 7

Orchards Academy admits 120 students in Year 7. All Year 7 admissions are processed by the Local Education Authority and we adhere to its Admissions policy as follows:

  • Looked after/ previously looked after children will be given first priority ahead of all other applications
  • Children with a sibling attending at the time of application and admission.
  • Health and Special Access Reasons- medical circumstances supported by medical evidence
  • Remaining applications

Remaining Applications

In the event of over-subscription with any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by the straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given highest priority. 

Application forms can be obtained from your child’s Primary School.

Make an appeal

If your child is due to start Secondary School in September 2021 you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools on the National Offer day 1 March 2021. Please click on the link below for further information and guidance- you should use this link to appeal for a year 7 place before 26 March 2021.



Any child not offered a place has the statutory right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. The Independent Appeal Panel will be determined by the Governing Body on an annual basis and will, usually, consist of two lay members and one person from the community, independent of the School. The decision of the Independent Appeal Panel will be binding on the Governors and the parents. Full details of the Appeals process are available from the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel. Parents wishing to make an appeal should contact the school to request a Registration and Appeal Form- please use the enquiries link below. Please note this form should not be used for Year 6 students who have not been offered a place at this school on National Offer Day 1 March 2021- you should use the Kent link above in the first instance before 26 March 2021. 




For further information please complete our enquiries form using the following link or complete the In Year Admission Form below and return to the school. 

In Year Admission Form