In order to achieve the highest possible chance of a Year 7 place for September start, Sandwich Technology School must be stated as 1st preference on the Kent Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF). All applications must be made via Kent Admissions. All details on how to complete applications will be found in the “Admission to Secondary School in Kent” brochure or on the KCC website:

Once all applications have been received, they will be sent to the school to rank in priority order, as per the oversubscription criteria detailed within our Admissions Policy (please ensure you choose the appropriate year):

Admissions policy 2019-2020

Admissions policy 2020-2021

The final decision is made by Kent Admissions as to the school offered, but parents will have the opportunity to appeal against their decision and/or join waiting lists for any of the four schools chosen on the SCAF. Details of how to do this will be provided with your offer letter from the Local Authority.

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2020 you can lodge an appeal between 2 March and 27 March 2020 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 17 June 2020. (For applications made in the normal admissions 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 appeal being lodged.)

Where parents have lodged an appeal against the refusal of a place and a place becomes available at the school, the place can then be offered without an appeal being heard, provided there are no other applicants at that time ranked higher on the school’s waiting list, which is held in accordance with the school’s oversubscription criteria.

The following document will aid your appeal process:

Appeals Guidance notes for parents



Parents who wish to apply for a school place in any year group outside the normal admission round must complete an In-Year Common Application Form (IYCAF). These are available from the school reception or from the Admissions and Transport Office (details below)

Admissions and Transport Office
Sessions House
County Hall
ME14 1XQ

Or click on this link to download and print your own:

In Year Casual Application Form

The IYCAF should be returned to Sandwich Technology School, after which a decision as to whether a place can be offered will be made. This is dependent on there being a space in the year group for which you have applied. If a place is available, our Admissions Officer will write with the offer of a school place, including a welcome pack with forms to be completed. The Head of Year will then make contact to arrange an integration meeting where the student’s induction and start date will be discussed. If a place is not available, information about joining the waiting list and the right of appeal will be provided.

For further enquiries, please contact our Admissions Officer, Sarah Rush, on 01304 610016 or by email to the following address:

If you would like to arrange a school tour, please contact our Reception Manager, Maggie Nash, on 01304 610000.



Details of Sixth Form admissions can be found here

Admissions policy 2019-2020

Admissions policy 2020-2021

If you have any further enquiries, please contact the Head of Sixth Form, Maria Stone on 01304 610053 or the Sixth Form Manager,  Rebecca Whittaker on 01304 610070.




Pupils with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan do not apply to schools for a place through the main round admissions process.

Any application received for a child with an SSEN or EHCP will be referred directly to Kent County Council’s Special Educational Needs Services, who must have regard to Schedule 27 of the Education Act 1996 "the LA must name the maintained school that is preferred by parents providing that:

  • The school is suitable for the child's age, ability and aptitude and the special educational needs set out in part 2 of the statement
  • The child's attendance is not incompatible with the efficient education of other children in the school, and
  • The placement is an efficient use of the LA's resources"

Where a pupil is resident in another Local Authority, the home Authority must again comply with Schedule 27 of the Education Act 1996 which states:

"A local education authority shall, before specifying the name of any maintained school in a statement, consult the governing body of the school, and if the school is maintained by another local education authority, that authority."

Other Authorities looking for Kent school places for statemented pupils will need to contact Kent County Council’s SEN team in addition to the relevant school.