We understand that choosing a secondary school is an important decision that can affect the lifetime opportunities of your child. Ordinarily in the Autumn Term we would host open events to give you a flavour of life at STS. Sadly, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant that we have had to cancel those events and find a new way to answer your questions and provide the insight that you need. This decision has not been taken lightly, but in recognition of our duty of care to all members of our community.

We are delighted to share with you the following video, which will introduce you to our staff and students, provide a snapshot of the school in action and explain what we have to offer:

Elsewhere on this website you will find a wealth of information about our vision and values, our curriculum, our published policies on matters such as attendance and behaviour, our approach to inclusion and equality and practical information such as uniform rules and school transport. As a starting point, we would suggest that you view our Prospectus:

Prospectus: Main School

To help you further, we have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a link to these is provided below:

Frequently Asked QuestionsAt any point in the application process, if you have any questions that we have not addressed, please do telephone or email the school - we will be happy to help.

01304610000The section below - Transfer to Secondary Education - provides more information about the formal admissions process, which is co-ordinated by the Local Authority.


The transfer from Year 6 to Year 7 is co-ordinated by the Local Authority and all applications are made via their Admissions Team. Further information about the process can be found on the KCC website:


You will be asked to name your school choices on a Secondary Common Application Form (SCAF) and each of the schools that you name will be asked by KCC to rank all applications received in priority order according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. The Local Authority will then offer you the highest available ranked preference for which you are eligible – it is essential, therefore, that you name your genuine first choice first, your second choice second, etc.

For those wishing to transfer to Sandwich Technology School in September 2021, our over-subscription are set out in our published Admissions Policy:

View Admissions Policy 2021 2022  

On 1 March 2021 the Local Authority will inform parents of the place that has been allocated for their child. At this point, if they are disappointed with the place offered, parents will be given the opportunity to appeal against the decision and/or join the waiting list for their preferred school. Details of how to do this will be provided with the offer.

For September 2021 admission, appeals can be lodged between 1 March 2021 and 26 March 2021 and must be heard by 15 June 2021. Where parents have lodged an appeal and a place becomes available at their chosen school, the place can be offered without the appeal being heard provided there are no other applicants ranked higher on the school’s waiting list. The following document provides additional guidance on the appeal process:

View Appeal Advice for Parents 


Parents who wish to apply for a school place in any year group outside of the normal admission round must complete an In Year Admission Form (IYAF). A paper copy can be collected from our School Reception or, on request, our Admissions Officer will gladly post one to you. Alternatively, you can download and print your own:

View In Year Admission Form

The completed IYAF should be returned to our Admissions Officer, who will process your application and inform you whether or not a place can be offered. This will depend upon a space being available in the relevant year group. If a place is available, you will receive a formal offer and a welcome pack, including forms to be completed. The Head of Year will then arrange an integration meeting with you, where your child’s induction and start date will be discussed. If a place is not available, information about joining the waiting list and your right of appeal will be provided.

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

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


Our published Admissions Policy includes information about entry requirements and over-subscription criteria for the Sixth Form and there is also a dedicated section on this website that provides a wealth of information about our Post 16 offer.

View Admissions Policy 2020 2021

View Admissions Policy 2021 2022 

For further enquiries, please contact our Sixth Form Manager on 01304 610070 or email:


Pupils with an 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 EHCP will be referred directly to Kent County Council’s Special Educational Needs Services (SEN), 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
  • 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 EHCP pupils will need to contact Kent County Council’s SEN team in addition to the relevant school.

The following link will take you to additional information on the Local Authority’s website: