Chichester Free School is a state funded, co-educational school for pupils aged between 4 and 19. We are subject to the National Admissions Code however we do not have to have a catchment area. This ensures that Chichester Free School is fair and inclusive and available to anyone who wants to apply.

In 2013 we opened with Reception and Years 1, 3, 7 and 8 and will grow year on year until we are at capacity in around 2019 with 1,260 pupils with ages ranging from 4 to 19.

Agreed admission number for new pupils in the academic year beginning in September 2018 is:

Reception = 60 pupils
Year 7 = 90 pupils
Sixth Form = 90 pupils in total, though some of these pupils will be existing CFS pupils

Application Process

For a Reception or Year 7 admission place, parents must apply directly through WSCC Admissions Department and Chichester Free School would be one of your 3 choices of school.

When the offers are made by WSCC, if you have not been offered Chichester Free School and would like your child’s name to go on the school’s waiting list, please email West Sussex County Council Admissions to confirm you wish for your child to be added to the waiting list.

Open Evenings and Open Days

An open evening presentation for Year 7 intake in 2019 will take place on Wednesday 10th October at 7pm with the Principal’s talk starting at 7.30pm. Open Mornings will take place on Monday, 15th and Tuesday, 16th October .

An open evening presentation for Sixth Form intake in 2019 will take place on Wednesday 7th November at 7pm with the Principal’s talk starting at 7.30pm.

Dates for Reception intake 2019 Open Mornings and Open Evening will be confirmed shortly.

If you would like to book a place for the evening presentation or open mornings or have any queries about Admissions, please contact Karie Wright on 01243 792690 or email

In Year Admissions

You can still apply for a place for your child for any year group by completing an In Year Admission Form below and their name will be added to the waiting list if that year group is full. Anyone wishing to appeal for a place can do so by contacting West Sussex County Council – appeal forms as well as guidance notes can be downloaded from their website: (link opens in new window). For those without internet access, it can also be obtained by telephoning 0845 071 007.

Application Form