We understand that choosing a secondary school is an important decision that can affect the lifetime opportunities for your child.

We are delighted to be hosting a number of Open Events enabling you and your child to visit STS. You will have the opportunity to view our facilities first hand and speak with our wonderful team of staff, who will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have. You will also meet some of our students who can give you a real feel for what it's like to attend STS, we hope to see you soon.

Open Events

Open Evening - Thursday 14th September - 6pm to 8pm

Open Morning - Friday 15th September - 10am to 12noon

Open Evening -Thursday 19th October - 6pm to 8pm

Open Morning - Friday 20th October - 10am to 12noon

No appointments are necessary, everyone is welcome.

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 2023, our over-subscription criteria is set out in our published Admissions Policy:

View Admissions Policy 2023 2024  


On 1 March 2023 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.

If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2023 you can appeal between 1st March -28 March 2023 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 15 June 2023. 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 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.

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 documents provide general 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, Mrs Houston, on 01304 610001 or email the following address:

If you would like to arrange a school tour, please contact our Reception Manager, Jojo Kelderis, 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 2021 2022 

View Admissions Policy 2022 2023View Admissions Policy 2023 2024 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: