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The North School Year 6 Open Mornings

The North School welcomes, and indeed encourages, visits from prospective families. Open morning details.

Please note that all admission queries should be sent to the designated email address: tns-admissions@swale.at   

Students Joining Year 7 in September 2024

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 applications for September 2024 entry are normally for children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.

Applications for transfer to secondary school for September 2024 open on Friday 1 September 2023 and close on Tuesday 31 October 2023.

The North School has a published admission number (PAN) of 215 students, to be admitted into Year 7 each year.  Applications for places will be made in accordance with Kent local authority’s coordinated admission arrangements and will be made on the Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF), provided and administered by the Kent Local Authority.




Ordered by Distance

Children who are, previously LAC, Adopted or previously Adopted.



Ordered by Distance

Having a Brother/Sister attending.


Health and Special Access

Ordered by Distance

Medical, Health, Social and Special access reasons.


Children who live nearer the North School

Ordered by Distance

Children who live nearer to The North School than any other maintained non selective secondary school or academy.


Any other children

Ordered by Distance

All remaining children in distance order.

Year 7 Admissions 2024 – Key Dates

Friday 1 September 2023

Online application process opens with KCC.

Tuesday 31 October 2023

Online application process closes.  Any amendments after this date must be emailed to:  kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk


Friday 1 March 2024

Offers of school places sent to parents via email after 4pm and letters sent first class.

By Friday 15 March 2024

Parents should contact the school to accept/refuse the place that has been offered.  Parents should also fill out the waiting list form from the link in the offer email to be added to the waiting list of the schools named on the original application.

By Tuesday 28 March 2024

Appeals to be lodged by this date to be heard before September.  Appeals information can be found at www.kent.gov.uk/schoolsappeals  You can only appeal for schools that were named on the SCAF.

Tuesday 25 April 2024

Offer day for the second round of applications (known as reallocation).  After this date waiting lists will be maintained by the schools and they will send out offers for places that may become available.  Parents that have received an offer of a school place from KCC can approach schools directly for alternative places.

April to June 2024

Admission appeals held.


June/ July 


Transition Week held at The North School for those students who have accepted a school place with us for September 2024 start in Year 7.


Parents’ Transition Evening at The North School.


August /September 2024


Children to start in Year 7 at The North School.


If you wish to appeal against a decision to refuse a place for your child at this school you can apply online or in writing.  Please ensure that you read the guidance notes published online before submitting your appeal.  Please note that as The North School is part of Swale Academies Trust, appeals forms must be submitted to the school.  The North 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 brought in regulations in April 2020 to allow appeals to be heard remotely by virtual telephone hearings. The normal timescales for hearing appeals were also suspended. These regulations have recently been extended. If national Covid-19 restrictions ease enough to allow face to face hearings to resume, details will be posted on the school website and we will let those affected know.

For Appeals during the 2024-2025 admissions round (to start in September 2024), these need to be lodged by Monday 28 March 2024 for it to be considered by April - June 2024.  Please send to the school tns-admissions@swale.at

Appeal Form

Appeal Details  

School Admission Appeals Guidance

School Admissions Code

In Year Admissions

If you are interested in applying for a place at The North School during the school year, please download and complete an IYAF and forward to tns-admissions@swale.at

Please note that the school is currently full in Key Stage 3 - year groups 7 to 9 inclusive.  For prospective families looking for a school place in any of these years, please contact the In Year Admissions Team at Kent County Council by telephone on 03000 412121 who will be able to assist you.

Prospective Students’ Tours for In Year Applications (Years 7-11)

The North School welcomes, and indeed encourages, visits from prospective families.  Please contact the school to arrange a tour of our school on (01233) 614600 or email:  tns-admissions@swale.at.   

Sixth Form Admissions

The North School Sixth Form Open Evening

Sixth Form Open Evening – Details to be confirmed.