Admissions 2019


Thank you for your interest in applying for a place at our ‘Outstanding’ Church of England school. We are a highly oversubscribed school and as such we receive a very high number of enquiries about admissions.   Please check below to see if we have answered your query in our Frequently Asked Questions.  If not, please send your enquiry to In the subject line, please quote the name of your son/daughter and the year group to which your enquiry relates.

What is your admissions policy?

We have a published admissions policy which can be viewed on our website here:

When will I find out if my child has been offered a place in Year 7?   

Offer letters are sent out by Essex County Council on National Offer Day.  Usually, this is at the beginning of March.   Please see Essex County Council’s Admissions pages for further information:

How do I find out where my child is on the waiting list for a place in Year 7 place for September 2019?

When the school receives more applications than there are places available, a waiting list is in operation until at least the end of the first academic year. Essex County Council maintain the waiting list for the school up to the end of the first week of the autumn term.  During this period, to find out where your son/daughter is on the waiting list, please contact Essex County Council Admissions Department on 0845 603 2200 or check his/her position online via Essex County Council’s website.  Details of how to do so will be sent to you in the letter from Essex refusing your son/daughter a place at this school.

A second waiting list is maintained for ‘faith’ places alongside the ‘main’ waiting list.  If you made an application for a ‘faith’ place, provided you met the ‘faith’ admissions criteria, if you were not offered a place, your son/daughter will automatically be added to the ‘faith’ waiting list and the ‘main’ waiting list. Both lists are maintained by Essex County Council until the first week of the autumn term.   If a place becomes vacant, it will be allocated to a student from either waiting list in accordance with the oversubscription criteria as set out in our published admissions policy.

From the start of the Autumn term, until the end of the first academic year, the waiting lists are maintained by the school and all students will remain on the lists until the end of the first academic year, unless you ask us to remove your son/daughter.    If you wish for your son/daughter to remain on the waiting list for the following academic year, you must contact the school by the end of the summer term, otherwise we will remove them.  

Why didn’t my child get a place at Becket Keys C of E School?

It is understandable that you may be very disappointed that your son/daughter has not being offered a place at Becket Keys C of E School.  Our published admission number is 150.   We are a highly oversubscribed school and places are allocated in accordance with our published admissions criteria. 

Unfortunately, we are unable to discuss individual applications. We are sorry about this and we understand how frustrating it must be for parents and carers, but we must follow the protocols correctly and there is a formal appeals process. Furthermore, with so many disappointed families, it would be very difficult for us to offer an individual service to each family who attempt to contact us. 

The way in which our admissions criteria has been applied in individual cases would be considered at appeal, should you choose to pursue this. There is an independent appeals process that is handled by an Independent Clerk and Appeals Panel.   For further information about appeals, please see below ‘What is the appeals process?’

What is the appeals process?

If you feel that you have grounds for appeal then please complete the Notice of Appeal Form and return it to the Independent Clerk for Appeals via the school:

We are unable to discuss individual cases. For further information, please also see the above FAQ ‘Why didn’t my child get a place at Becket Keys C of E School?’ 

As a guide, last year, no parents won their appeals.  

I did not get an offer on March 1st. What are my chances of getting in?

There is no easy answer to this. It is best to wait for at least one week before doing anything. There is a lot of movement in the first 7 to 10 days and you may well get an offer before long. If you do not hear anything after a week or a fortnight, start looking at the waiting list. Usually, up to 10 families will get in from the waiting list between end of March and September.

Help your son/daughter to remain calm by staying calm yourself! Stay positive! There are lots of great schools. But if you are more than 10 away from the top of the waiting list in April you should think seriously about what your back-up plan is.