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 2017 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

Parents will have just heard from WSCC as to whether their child has been given a Year 7 place here at CFS.    Reception parents will be finding out from WSCC about their child’s school place on Monday 18th April 2017.

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 with your child’s name, date of birth, current school and parents contact details and their name will be added to the list.


Open Evenings and Open Days

An open evening presentation for Year 7 intake in 2018 will take place on Wednesday 11th October at 7pm with the Principal’s talk starting at 7.30pm. Open Mornings will take place on Monday, 16th and Tuesday, 17th October from 9.30am until midday.  Do drop in anytime during the morning.

An open evening presentation held at the Primary Campus site, Romney Broadwalk, North Bersted, PO22 9BH. for Reception intake in 2018 will take place on Thursday, 16th November at 7pm with the Principal’s talk starting at 7.30pm. Open Mornings at the Primary Campus site will take place on Tuesday, 21st and Wednesday 29th November from 9.30am until 11.30am.  Do drop in anytime during the morning..

If you would like to book a place for the evening presentation or have any queries about Admissions, please contact Karie Wright on 01243 792690 or email  No need to book for the open mornings.


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