Applying for a Place
Coronavirus Update 2020/21- as an oversubscribed school we get many requests for individual tours. In normal years we run them once a week for much of the year but with the current social distancing measures in place we will not be running them this year. We will have open day events during the autumn terms for prospective Year 7 and 12 students for September 21, please see the front page of this website for up to date details. For applications for places in our existing Year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 we are completely full and so no tours will be offered as no places are available. Please read down for details of our waiting list.
Admissions to Wye School
Wye School is socially, academically and culturally inclusive and welcomes applications from all. Each of the 90 places in each year group is free of charge and open to students of all abilities. As such there is no selection by ability or faith. Arrangements for admissions are clear and fair and the school abides by the School Admissions Code and the School Admissions Appeals Code. Prospective students and their parents will be offered the opportunity to visit the school before making an application for a place.
Wye School’s Admissions Policy can be accessed here.
For children adopted outside England, please complete the SIF (click here).
Year 7 Places
Kent County Council (KCC) has co-ordinated admissions arrangements for all schools in the local area for entry into Year 7. Wye School participates in this scheme and so most applications are made directly to KCC. The closing date for ‘in time’ applications for September 2021 is 2 November 2020 and KCC will accept late applications up to 15th March 2021. After that date, applications should be made directly to the school. The virus issues in the 2020/21 year mean that dates and arrangements are subject to change. Please consult your primary school in the first instance for up to date dates and procedures and for Wye School specific questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
Offers of places
Offers of places for September 2021 will be sent out by Kent County Council on 1 March 2021 via email and post. You should respond to that offer directly to the school by the deadline set on your offer.
Should you be unsuccessful in the first round of offers but wish to be placed on our waiting list, please complete the waiting list form (enclosed in your offer letter pack) and return to KCC, no later than the date set on your offer. Not all first round offers are accepted, so second round offers have always been available from the waiting list thus far. KCC will make offers from the waiting list 21 April 2021. After that date, the waiting list is held by the school and further places usually become available in June or early July. Joining our waiting list is the most likely way to secure a place.
If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2021 you should appeal by 26 March 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by July 2021. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. 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 appeals being lodged. As admissions to Wye School are based on distance rather than selection for ability, appeals are rarely successful (an independent panel decides) and the waiting list remains the best way of securing a place.
Applications for Places in Other Year Groups (In Year Admissions)
Wye School is over subscribed and all year groups are currently full. However, places occasionally become available and we maintain waiting lists for all years. If you wish to apply for a place in another year group at Wye School, please telephone the school to ask about current availability and then complete the In Year Admittance Form found here http://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/3522/in-year-admission-form.pdf. This should be returned to the Principal's PA Caroline.Castle@wyeschool.org.uk at Wye School.
Existing Parent View
One of the parents that chose Wye School in 2013 recently wrote to us:
'As one of the “originals” we took our chances on Wye (with little to go on at the time except dedicated staff and imagination) loving the ethos and the location. How blessed we have been in making that choice as we have watched the school go from strength to strength, changing and growing in many ways, now with another child already with you and another due you may take your “blessing” of many of our children as a great compliment of your success.
More than education you provided our child with a safe, fun and family feel place to be educated, that’s no mean feat in today’s world. They have grown in confidence, made friends, learnt to communicate with adults and become a happy well rounded adult, more than a little of this due to you all. Our young adults may not always appreciate these things at this time or even recognise them but they will surely value them in the future.'
A parent of a Year 10 who joined us as an In Year Admission wrote:
'I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at school for welcoming X this September. She is so happy and motivated, she loves going to school and has made friends so so quickly. Everyone was so friendly to her, staff and peers and she is coming back from school happy and without negativity.
Moving from Y was a big step for us and having such a wonderful school acceptance she has transitioned without any problems.'