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

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 and for those in Southend is published in the Secondary Schools Admissions booklet.

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

Transfer from Primary School

The school has active links with all its contributory feeder schools, which involve a programme of co-operation and mutual support in teaching and learning. KES staff and students engage in activities with primary children both in the primary schools and at KES. Children from the feeder primary schools are invited into the school on a regular basis for special events including Enterprise Days and productions.

To ensure a smooth transition between the primary and secondary stages of education, the Deputy Head, Head of Year 7 and the Special Needs Co-ordinator, aim to visit the Year 6 children in their primary schools in the summer term. Children start visiting the school for taster days from Year 5.

Arrangements for parents to visit the school

The Open Evening for prospective 2018/2019 Year 7 students and their parents/carers was held on Wednesday 27 September 2017.

All prospective parents are invited to visit the school during the working day. Tours are conducted on a regular basis - please contact Mrs Emma Terris on 01702 545771, extension 3210, to book onto one of these tours, or request a prospectus.


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

  1. Children in public care and children who have previously been in public care.**
  2. Children currently attending the following Rochford Cluster Primary Schools: Barling Magna Primary School, Canewdon Endowed Primary School, Great Wakering & Foulness Primary School, Holt Farm Junior School, Rochford Primary School, St Teresa’s RC Primary School, Stambridge Primary School, Waterman Primary School, plus children attending Ashingdon Primary School.
  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. A sibling is a brother or sister, or step-brother or step-sister permanently living at the same address for more than 4 nights each week.
  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 4 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 ‘Child In Care’ or a child who was previously in care but immediately after being in care, became subject of an adoption residence or special guardianship order. A Child In Care is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989).

Sixth Form Admissions

Students will be admitted to the Sixth Form by reference to their academic ability to cope with the courses they wish to study, (see prospectus for details).


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 Governing Body will establish an Admission Committee to consider application(s).

In the event that a place remains unavailable the parent has the right of appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This Panel will be convened by Essex on behalf of the school in accordance with The Statutory School Admission Appeals Code (February 2012).

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.