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 Year 6. 

Reception Admissions

Entry into the Reception year must be done by taking part in the Coordinated Admissions Process conducted by Kent County Council’s online process and expressing Cherry Orchard Primary Academy as your first choice of preference. If our school receives more than 60 applications, then we will apply our oversubscription policy based on our admission arrangement. Please find our admissions arrangements below

In-Year Admission

We are currently full in all year groups. Thanks to the popularity of the school, we receive a very high number of In- Year Admission requests, hence running lengthy waiting lists in all the year groups. If you are looking for an In-Year transfer, please read the notes below carefully before joining our online waiting list:
  • This new online waiting list system came into effect on 09/11/2023. Any In-year requests that were sent to the office directly before this date were manually processed and added to our waiting list. Hence, you don’t have to join this online waiting list again. Please only join the online waiting list if you have never contacted us before regarding In-Year Admission.
  • Please note that the below steps are purely to join a waiting list, it’s not an admission process. You will only be contacted if a space becomes available and you become eligible under our admission criteria.
  • If you are yet to move to the area and are considering joining the waiting list, the earliest you may apply is 10 working days prior to your confirmed moving date.

Steps to join the online waiting list

Step 1. Download and fill in the Kent County Council (KCC) In Year Admission Form (IYAF)
Step 2. Join our online waiting list by creating an account using this link:
Fill in the requested details and most importantly, upload the completed KCC IYAF from the previous step.   
Once you have joined the waiting list, we process the In Year Admission Form uploaded by you and send it to Kent County Council. The council will provide us with an accurate distance between the address on the form and our school to help us rank the waiting list. This process may take upto to a week, so please only contact us after a week to find out about your child’s waiting list position.
If you have queries regarding any of the above, please contact the school office: