Applications for admission to Towers School and Sixth Form are welcomed from students of all abilities.
The school converted to academy status in April 2011 and is now self governing through the Towers School Academy Trust. The school’s admission process for ‘Year of Entry Admissions’ is conducted through Kent County Council. All ‘In Year Admissions’ should be sent directly to the School – for contact details please see our Contact Us page. The school holds an annual Open Evening followed by Open Mornings in early October and full details of these are printed in the ‘Admission to Secondary School in Kent’ booklet. Individual appointments can also be made by contacting the school.All parents have the right to appeal against any decision to refuse a school place. As an academy appeals should be sent in writing to the Principal. An appeal’s process will then begin with decisions being made by an independent panel. Waiting lists will be maintained up to January 2017 and will be ranked according to the oversubscription criteria. The Secondary school admissions process consists of several stages starting with the Kent Test registration, which begins in June, through to the National Offer Day in March and then the final reallocation of places in April. After this point, the in-year process will take over.
Please click here for the Kelsi website which has further information regarding the Kent schools timetable for admissions.
Children in Local Authority Care
A child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989).
Medical, Health, Social and Special Access
In these circumstances measures will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equalities Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’ or guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs means that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the school.
Current Family Association
A brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sister.
We use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land & Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by the NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school. The school uses measurements provided by the LA and further information on how distances are calculated is available in the Admissions Booklets provided by the LA. A more detailed definition of what constitutes a child’s permanent home and also how the measurement for flats will be calculated is also contained in the LA Admissions Booklets.
In the event of a tiebreaker situation, the nearness of an applicant’s home to school will be the decider.
If in the event that more than one applicant has the same distance from home to school (as measured by the local authority), then a random selection will be applied.
The School’s Withdrawal Rights
After a place has been offered the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in any of the following circumstances:
- When the parent or learner has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time
- When a parent or learner has failed to notify the school of important changes to the application information
- The admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from the parent or learner.