Cherry Orchard Academy is a two-form entry primary academy for students between the ages of 4 – 11. The Academy will admit a maximum of 60 children into each year group between Reception and eventually Year 6. The Academy enjoys brand new facilities, a Nursery for pre-school age children and a small unit for children with speech, language and communication needs.

The Academy currently provides for children in Reception through to Year 5.  It will develop into older year groups until it is fully open in 2021.  A Nursery for around 30 children is open and currently enjoys a full waiting list.


Your first point of contact with Cherry Orchard Academy is usually at the School Office, which is open between 8.00 am – 4.00 pm daily.

If you wish your child to start at Cherry Orchard, as a result of moving into the area and/or transferring from another school, please place your child on the list for future entrants by completing an In-Year Admission Form. Details of how to apply are available from our Office Manager. For new reception children a KCC ‘Reception Common Application Form’ will need to be completed (this is an online process), expressing Cherry Orchard as your first preference.  The Office Manager will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

Kent County Council’s website on School Admission

Pupils are admitted to school in accordance with the Cherry Orchard Primary Academy Admissions Policy. All forms should be completed and returned to the school by the deadline indicated on the form.

If you have any difficulty completing the forms please do not hesitate to contact the school office, where help will be given.

Allocation of Places, School Admission Policy and Planned Admission Limit

Places will be allocated according to the published criteria in priority order (see below), with the highest priority given to Children in Local Authority Care:

  • Current family association (an elder brother or sister in the school at the time of entry).
  • Child of a teaching member of staff.
  • Health reasons (for which a medical certificate may be needed).
  • Nearness of children’s homes to school.

Parents are advised that there is no guarantee that pre-school children will be placed in the same Reception class as their friends.  We have a number of criteria which are taken into account when allocating children to their new classes.  Parents are also advised that attending Cherry Pips Nursery does not automatically guarantee a Reception place – you should apply in the usual manner.

For more information or to apply for an in-year place, please contact the office on 01322 241011 or email:

During the COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no new Reception intake visits to Cherry Orchard Academy – instead a new parent video link will be posted here shortly.