We have a well-developed process to make joining our Community a positive experience for students and their families. Ebbsfleet Academy is non-selective and as such, students will be offered places without reference to aptitude or ability.

Contact Information

Please contact our Admission Team on 01322 242252 ext 2512 or email admissions@ebbsfleetacademy.org.uk if the following boxes do not contact the information that you are looking for.

In-Year Admissions

Applications for places made outside of the normal transition times are called “In-Year”.  Applications at this time can be made directly to the Academy.  We have an Admission Process that we follow which includes an Admission Meeting, requesting Student References from past schools, an Admission Test and an Admission Form that must all be completed before students can start at Ebbsfleet Academy.  

If you have recently moved into the local area, there may be limited places available in existing year groups. Please complete and return an In Year Admission Form (IYAF) to register your interest and a member of the admissions team will contact you to discuss your application further.

In-Year Admissions Form

Joining us in Year 7

If your child is currently in Year 6 and you are looking for a Year 7 school place, all applications are coordinated by Kent County Council.  Online applications open from 1st September and close on 31st October each year.  Ebbsfleet Academy does not accept direct applications for this transition until May.  
Ebbsfleet Academy holds Open Events in July, September and October for families to view our facilities and to speak to Students and Staff.

Fair Ability Banding Test

All Year 6 primary students who name Ebbsfleet Academy in their list of preferences are required to sit a fair banding test. This is to ensure that children across the full ability range are admitted. It is not possible to pass or fail the test, but those not sitting the test at all, will only be prioritised after those children who have sat the test. 

The fair banding test dates for 2025 will be released in due course.

The tests are only open to candidates who have booked via our online form. Forms for the Fair Ability Band Test will be available once Fair Ability Band Test dates are released. Please check our website for future updates.

If your child is also applying to The Leigh Academy or The Leigh UTC, they do not need to sit the test at each site, they only need to sit the test once.

The applicants will be split into 5 equally sized bands based on their assessment results. Within each band our admission criteria will be applied as set out in our determined admission arrangements.

If your child has previously been entitled to access arrangements and received these in primary school, please make sure this is identified on the form.

If you miss the deadline please call 03000 41 21 21 or email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk for further guidance on what to do next.

National Offer Day

National Offer Day for children who have applied to join in September 2024 was Friday 1st March 2024.

If your child has been accepted for a place at Ebbsfleet Academy, your child will undertake a comprehensive transition programme, aimed at making the change to secondary school as smooth as possible. This will include the Transition Coordinator visiting the students in their Primary Schools, the students visiting the Academy on Transition Day.  We also invite families in for an Evening meeting where we will share all the latest information with you.

Oversubscription Criteria

If we are oversubscribed preference will be given according to the following Kent County Council criteria (for full details see the Admission to Secondary Schools in Kent 2020 booklet):

  • Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children
  • Where the student has a brother or sister (birth, adopted or step sibling) currently attending Ebbsfleet Academy
  • Proximity to the student’s home


If you have not been offered a place at the academy, the law entitles you to appeal against that decision to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. All appeals will be heard online which has the advantage that your appeal can be heard from your home or place of work.

If you wish to appeal, please use this link to complete your appeal online. Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is suggested that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form.

Appeals Explanatory Booklet - Education Appeals

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST give the grounds for your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you state the grounds for your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school, but on different forms.

Any letters or reports that you wish the panel to see should be uploaded at this time. You are asked to bear in mind that if you later send additional information, the closing date is 5 working days before the STAGE 1 hearing. All appointed panels have agreed NOT to take any late letters or reports after the 5 working day deadline. This will be strictly enforced. For secondary/primary transfer appeals, the hearing will take place at least TWO months after the refusal letter. This gives you plenty of time to get your evidence together if you act early and take account of school holidays.

Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months. If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs with a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.

Full details about the hearing will be sent to you with your invitation to the hearing.

If you wish to contact the clerk – email : clerk@educationappeals.com

Timetable for Appeals

Last day for lodging appeal forms for a place in year 7 to start in September 2024

4pm on Tuesday 2 April 2024 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard in the first tranche of appeals. Appeals lodged later may not be heard until the second tranche which could be in September 2024. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply any documentary evidence at this stage.

The stage 1 part of the hearing (with other parents present) will take place on

Friday 24 May 2024

Part 2, the individual private hearings will take place on

Friday 24 May 2024, depending on the number of appeals.

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the stage 1 hearing.

Any additional supporting evidence

Closing date is Friday 17 May 2024. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please provide the Clerk with FIVE copies of any new additional evidence BY POST ONLY. All such evidence to be submitted in A4 format and NOT bound, but may be stapled on the top left hand corner. Paperwork submitted with your appeal form does not need to include 5 copies. These must be sent to EdAp, Sopers House, Sopers Road, Cuffley, Herts, EN6 4RY.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals held at this time, this may not be sent until up to 10 working days after the last hearing for the school.

Mid-Term Applications Appeals

Last day for lodging appeal forms following a refusal for a place ‘in year’ or ‘mid-term’ excluding 6th form.

You must lodge the appeal form within 20 school days upon receipt of your letter of refusal. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal and supply documentary evidence at this stage. Appeals are held within 30 school days of receipt of the appeal form.

Sixth Form Applications Appeals

Last day for lodging appeals

4pm on Thursday 29 August 2024 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard within the first weeks of September. You MUST state the reasons for your appeal on the online form and supply any documentary evidence at this stage e.g. a copy of your result sheet.

Please note the timetable is very short to enable those appellants who win appeals to start as early into the school year as possible.

Click here for the 6th form appeal form

Appeal date

The date will be during the month of September 2024.