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Wrotham School admission criteria can be downloaded below:

Admissions to Wrotham School September 2024/5 – Appeals

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Friday 1 March 2024). You needed to submit your appeal before Thursday 28 March 2024 for it to be considered by Monday 17 June 2024. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education. 

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education

Please be advised that each parent who lodges an appeal will have a personalised defence statement forwarded to them as part of their case papers.

Scheme Statement

Secondary appeal form 2024

FAQs High Schools Main Round Appeals – 2024

Secondary-Admissions-Defence 2024

Secondary-Admissions-Defence 2024

Secondary appeal form 2024


Wrotham School Admission Criteria

Oversubscription Criteria


Wrotham School Governors have adopted the same definition of terms as used by Kent County Council. Before the application of the oversubscription criteria, children with a Statement of Special Educational Need or Education, Health Care Plan, which names Wrotham School will be admitted. As a result of this the published admissions criteria will be reduced accordingly.


If the number of preferences for the school is more than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:


1.            Children in Local Authority Care or previously in Local Authority Care A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order.  A looked after child is child who is (a) in the care of the local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(a) or the Children Action 1989). This includes , looked after children and all previously looked after children, including those children who appear (to the admission authority) to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangement order or special guardianship order).


2.            Current Family Association – A brother or sister attending Wrotham School when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or stepsisters and foster brothers and sisters.


3.            Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.


4.            Distance from the school to the home, Nearness of children’s homes to school – we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG)  address point. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.  When KCC apply the distance criterion for the school these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

If you live separately from your partner but share responsibility for your child, and the child lives at two addresses during the week, we will regard the home address as the one at which the child sleeps for the majority of weekdays.


A block of flats has a single address point reference, so applicants living in the same block will be regarded as living the same distance away from the school.  In the unlikely event that two or more children live in the same block and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place for the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.


Past admission trends can only be taken as a guide and not a guarantee for admission.


In a tie breaker situation the nearness of an applicant’s home to school will be the decider.  If in the event more than one applicant has the same distance from home to school, as measured by the Local Authority, then a random selection will be applied.


5.            For families of service personnel with a confirmed posting, or crown servants returning from overseas, we will allocate a place in advance of the family arriving in the area (as long as one is available), provided the application is accompanied by an official letter that declares a relocation date. We will not refuse to process an application and must not refuse a place solely because the family do not yet have an intended address, or do not yet live in the area. We will use the address at which the child will live when applying their oversubscription criteria, as long as the parents provide some evidence of their intended address. Where required we will use a Unit or quartering address as the child’s home address when considering the application against our oversubscription criteria, where a parent requests this.


Supplementary Form Required:  No

Waiting lists will be maintained up to January 2025.


Sixth Form Admissions arrangements

Before the application of the oversubscription criteria, children with a Statement of Special Educational Need or Health Care Plan which names Wrotham School will be admitted. As a result of this the published admissions criteria will be reduced accordingly.


Sixth Form Published Admission Number:  a minimum 30 places are reserved for students who do not attended Wrotham School.


Places in the sixth form will be given to students who have attained the following qualifications:

  • For ‘A’ Levels: 5 A*-C GCSE grades or equivalent including English and maths.  A or B (or numerical grades 6-9) grades at GCSE in the subject a student wishes to study at A Level (depending on the subject – see prospectus for details). Where there is no GCSE or equivalent course a decision will be made based on the students other GCSE grades.
  • For the International Baccalaureate Career Programme: 5 A*-C GCSEs including a grade 5 or above in either English or mathematics
  • For the ‘Foundation year 12’ students will retake English and mathematics GCSE and will study at least one level 2 or 3 vocational course. If successful students will continue in years 13 and 14 to study the International Baccalaureate Career Programme. The entry criteria for this foundation pathway is 4 GCSEs at Grade D (or numerical grades 4 and above) including English and mathematics.
  • For the Wrotham Pro-Soccer Academy places will be awarded based on footballing  ability through a process of trials, and a student having 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades (or numerical grades 5 and above) including English and/or mathematics.
  • All courses are subject to numbers of applicants and the school reserves the right to not run courses should they not have viable uptake as judged by the school leadership team.


After students have satisfied the academic criteria for admission into the Sixth Form places will be allocated using our oversubscription criteria above.




For more information on admissions or to make an application, please contact Mrs D Emptage, our admissions officer: