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The King Edmund School is a co-educational comprehensive school with Specialist Status in Business & Enterprise and Applied Learning.

Students attend the school from 11 to 19 years and are normally admitted at age 11 into the new Year 7. Students over age 11 and under age 16 are admitted to the year group appropriate to their age. At age 16 students are admitted into Year 12 in the Sixth Form.

The admission number for each academic year group (Years 7 – 11) is 270.

Students are admitted without reference to aptitude or ability to Year 7 – 11 and by appropriate prior academic qualification to Year 12 courses.

The Admissions procedure for children resident in Essex is published by Essex County Council in the Secondary Education in Essex booklet; for those in Southend it is published in the Secondary Schools Admissions booklet.

For mid-year admissions initially the school should be contacted. 


Where applications for Year 7 exceed the admission number, the following criteria will be applied in the order set out below.

  1. Looked after or previously looked after children as defined in Section 22 of the Children Act 1989*
  2. Children currently attending the following Rochford Cluster Primary Schools: Barling Magna Primary Academy, Canewdon Endowed Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, , Great Wakering Primary Academy, Holt Farm Junior School, Rochford Primary and Nursery School, St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Stambridge Primary Acdemy, Waterman Primary School and children attending Ashingdon Primary Academy.
  3. Children with a sibling attending the school at the time of application and with a reasonable expectation that he or she will still be attending the school at the time of the proposed admission.
  4. Children living in the catchment area of one of the named primary schools (a map is available from the school on request), but not attending the school. The address must be the child’s primary residence and the child reside at the address for a minimum of four nights each week.
  5. Children of staff who have been on a permanent contract for two years or more and children of a teacher whose appointment would fill a vacancy in an area where it is difficult to recruit.
  6. Other children.

In the event of over-subscription within any of the above criteria, priority will be determined by straight-line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the highest priority. (Straight-line distance to be measured as defined in the Local Authority’s booklet Secondary Education in Essex and published each September).

* A looked after child or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.  This includes children who appear to have been in state care outside of England and have ceased to be in state care due to being adopted.

** A sibling is a brother or sister, or step-brother or step-sister permanently living at the same address for more than four nights each week.


In the event of over-subscription to Year 7 or a year group being full in all other cases and a place not being available, the parent has the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel established in accordance with the Stattuory School Admissions Code (February 2012). 

Further details on how to lodge and appeal can be obtained from the Local Authority via the Essex County Council Website After your school offer: Appeals - Essex County Council.

Essex County Council Website

Late applications

Late applications for Year 7 places are handled in accordance with the co-ordinated admissions scheme published by the child’s home local authority. For children resident in Essex, this is published in the Secondary Education in Essex booklet.

Waiting list

A waiting list will be kept by the school until the end of the first term. At that point parents still requiring that their child’s name remains on the waiting list should inform the school.

Mid-Year Admission

For all mid-year admissions, please complete the mid-year application form below and return to admissions@kes.essex.sch.uk

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KES School Prospectus 29th Jun 2023 Download
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Admissions Policy 2023 2024 14th Dec 2023 Download
Admissions Policy 2024 2025 14th Dec 2023 Download
Mid Year Admission Form Sept 2023 14th Dec 2023 Download