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Statutory Admissions Information

We understand that choosing a secondary school for your child is an important decision for your family, and we present you with this opportunity to see what we offer at our popular, supportive and highly successful school.  Your child will be at the heart of everything we do. 

Our ambition is to ensure that all students achieve their academic potential in order to secure their future employability within a safe, healthy and nurturing environment. We also aim for all our students to develop as confident, courteous and capable young people. We work hard and expect our students to work equally hard to achieve these goals. We are a truly inclusive community and I am honoured to lead such a fantastic school.

I am proud to say we were judged as “Good” in all categories following our latest Ofsted inspection. The Ofsted team challenged the school across all levels, analysing data, questioning our leadership team, speaking to our students, scrutinising our teaching and observing our talented teachers. They concluded that Cornwallis Academy, “has high ambitions for all pupils”. 

Our school is a community which values outstanding teaching and a highly engaging curriculum. Our staff have an unwavering commitment to continued improvement in order to provide the best comprehensive education we possibly can.  We are also proud of the pastoral care we provide for our students. We believe every student’s success is best achieved through a close partnership between home and school. Our pastoral team is skilled and adept at supporting students to manage the transition from childhood to adulthood. This is underpinned by a comprehensive wellbeing programme which ensures that our staff and students develop the resilience and emotional intelligence to function in a balanced and positive way in a rapidly changing society.

Year 7 Admissions for 2024/2025

Applications for children due to start secondary school in September 2023 will open on September 1 2023 and will close on October 31 2023.

For admissions into next year’s Year 7, parents and carers are required to complete an application form known as the “Common Application Form” (CAF) through Kent County Council.  This can be found by clicking here for the Kent County Council ‘Applying for a School’ web page.

Year 7 Admissions Key Dates – September 2024 Intake

1st September 2023 Admission window opens for Year 7 applications for 2024 intake
31st October 2023 Admission window closes for Year 7 applications for 2024 intake
1st March 2024 National Offer Day
3rd March 2024 We will send out welcome letters to the families of our new Year 7 students.
16th March 2024 Deadline by which to accept/decline the place that has been offered by KCC.
21st April 2024 Reallocation offer day – at this time, some additional offers may be made, if other families have declined their place at the school.
June/July 2024 Transition events for our new students – details also to be confirmed. We will be in touch about other, virtual, activities from March onwards, too. 

Admission Arrangements for 2024/25

2024 Cornwallis Admission Arrangements

In Year Admission

If you are looking for a place at the Academy because you have recently moved into the area, or your child is at another secondary school and you feel that a change of school would benefit their education and/or general well being, you are entitled to apply for a school place.    Please contact the Academy Admissions Officer to request an In-Year Admissions Form or download a copy at the bottom of the page.  This form must be completed and returned to the Academy Admissions Officer.  

Note: there is no guarantee that a place will be available but you have the right to appeal if you are declined a place.

More details can be found on KCC’s website  – www.kent.gov.uk.

Appeals and in Year Admissions

If you have any queries regarding appeals or in year admissions, then please contact Mrs Goble by emailing iyca@cornwallisacademy.com or calling 01622 743152

In Year Admission Form

Please find below the appeals timetable if admission is refused to the school

Type of appeal Deadline for hearing appeal
Applications made in the normal admissions round Within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
Late applications Within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
Applications to sixth forms where the offer of a place was conditional upon exam results Within 30 school days of confirmation of those results
Applications to sixth forms where the offer of a place was not conditional upon exam results Within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
Applications for in-year admissions Within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged