Year 7 Admissions
Variation to policy - September 2021
The Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, has agreed an amendment to our Admissions Policy for 2021 due to the closing of churches during the Covid-19 pandemic. This variation is related to families wishing to apply for a place under the “Faith Criterion” only and relates to verification of attendance at church. The updated policy is now available on our website, along with the updated Supplementary Information Form.
How to apply
Applications for Year 7 school places are made through your home Local Authority. Usually this will be one of Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex Local Authority or West Sussex Local Authority. Links to the admissions departments of each authority can be found at the bottom of this page.
You do not need to apply directly to the school unless you are applying for a faith place, in which case you should send us your supplementary information form directly, as well as submitting your common application form to your local authority. More information on faith places can be found below.
When to apply
King's School follows the admissions timeline for other Brighton and Hove LA schools. A full timeline can be found at the bottom of this page.
How does King's School offer places?
The school receives a list of all applications which included King's as a preference. If the school receives fewer applications than it has places, all applicants will be offered a place. NB- The school has been oversubscribed for the last four years.
If the school receives more applications than it has places, it is considered to be oversubscribed, and we will rank all applications in order of priority for admission as listed in our admission policy. This means that spaces are first allocated to students eligible under priority one, then priority two etc. until all available spaces have been allocated. Any applications which are not allocated a place are still included in the ranking process. Please note, as with other local schools, we do not have access to information on parental preference and so do not take this into account. This data is then returned to Brighton and Hove City Council who coordinate Year 7 admissions across the city and make offers on schools' behalf. For information about Brighton and Hove's processes, please visit their website.
If you believe your child is eligible for admission under any of the priorities 1-5, please note this on your application form and provide documentary evidence as appropriate. Evidence submitted will be reviewed by the relevant panel of governors and applied to applications when ranking application if eligible. Please note that submitting evidence to support a priority admission does not guarantee your application will be granted priority.
Applications for 'Faith' places
King's is an ecumenical Christian school, affiliated with the Church of England. Our admissions criteria allows for 50% of places offered, after those allocated to certain protected groups (see admissions priorities listen in the school's policy), to be given on a faith basis. To qualify for a faith place, families must be regular attenders at a Church which is a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland, or a member of the Evangelical Alliance for at least two years prior to application.
If you wish to apply for a faith place, please ensure you submit a Supplementary Information Form directly to the school, when you apply for a place. This form must be signed by your Priest/Minister. The deadline for submission of SIFs for a Year 7 September place is always the end of November.
SIFs submitted on time will be reviewed by the relevant committee of governors who will check that the form meets the criteria listed in the school's admissions policy. If the school receives more valid applications for faith places than it has spaces available, places will be offered in priority of proximity to the school's admissions nodes.
Applications for 'Open' places
All applications which do not qualify for another admission priority will be considered for an 'open' place. Open places are offered to the students who live closest to the school's admissions nodes.
Frequently asked questions
Am I in your catchment area?
We do not have a traditional catchment area as some schools do. Instead, applications for 'faith' places and 'open' places are considered in relation to their proximity to two admissions 'nodes'. These nodes are the front door of the school in Hangleton (West Blatchington node), and the junction of Richardson Road and New Church Road (Hove node). Distances from these nodes are measured in metres and provided to the school by the Local Authority. You can see a map of these nodes in our admissions policy.
For both faith and open places, 30% of offers will be made to families from the West Blatchington node, and 70% of offers will be made to families from the Hove node. These families will be those living closest to their node. You may wish to view the data sheets linked below to see more detail on distances.
For students eligible for admission in under priorities 1-5 distance from the admissions nodes is not taken into account. Please note that if you believe your child is eligible for admission under one of these priorities you should note this on your application and submit supporting evidence as appropriate. If your child is not eligible for admission under priorities 1-5 they will be considered for an open place, and distances will be used to rank their application.
Can I see data on how places were offered last year?
For data on the initial offer of places in previous years, please use the links below:
My child was not offered a place at King's, but I want them to attend. What should I do?
We would always encourage families to accept a place at their allocated school, even if it was not your first preference. Turning down a place means you risk not having a school place for your child, and accepting a place at another school does not stop you from being added to our waiting list, or submitting an appeal.
Year 7 waiting list
If you listed King's as a preference but were not successful gaining a place through your Year 7 application you can join our waiting list. This is the way that most students join our school besides being offered a place through the Year 7 allocation process.
To join our waiting list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our team will add your child to the list. Please note- King's is not part of the reallocation pool, and to be included on the waiting list families must contact us directly. Places are offered from the list as and when a student withdraws from the year group, and the waiting list follows the admission priorities outlined in our policy and on this page.
Your child will remain on our waiting list until either we can offer you a place, or until you no longer want to be on the list.
If you were not offered a place at one of your school preferences, you can also submit an admissions appeal. To submit an appeal, please contact Brighton and Hove Council appeals team (click here to be taken to their website). King's will then arrange for your appeal to be heard by an independent panel, who will consider:
- Whether the admission arrangements complied with the admissions law and whether they were correctly and impartially applied.
- Whether the admission arrangements were correctly applied in your child’s case.
- Whether the school could admit an additional child without prejudicing the efficient education or efficient use of resources.
- If they think that prejudice would occur, they will then balance the reasons for your child to go to the school against the prejudice to the school.
The appeal panel will then make a decision as to whether or not the school should be directed to admit your child.
If you have any questions about appeals, please contact your Local Authority or the school's admissions team.