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 2019 is:

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

Our Admission Policy can be found here.

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

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to all parents and children that attended our prospective Year 7 Open Evening and Open Mornings these last couple of weeks.  We've had some wonderful feedback about the events and do wish you all luck with the admissions process.  Remember the deadline to apply for a Year 7 place for September 2019 is 31st October 2018 and this application must be done through West Sussex County Council.

Another thank you to all students and parents that came along to our Sixth Form Open Evening.  Applications are now open so if you have any queries about completing your Sixth Form application form, please contact with Mr Apsey, Head of Sixth Form at: sapsey@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk or call 01243 792690

An open evening presentation for Reception intake in 2019 took place on Thursday, 15th November 2018 and we had some lovely families come to see the school and hear our Head and Deputy Head of Primary talk about the school and visit the Reception classrooms.  Remember that the deadline for you to apply for a school place is 15th January 2019 and this must be done through West Sussex County Council.

If you have any general queries about Admissions, please contact Karie Wright, Admissions and Marketing Officer on 01243 792690 ext. 207 or email admissions@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk.

In Year Admissions

You can still apply for a place for your child for any year group by completing an In Year Admissions Form 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: www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions (link opens in new window). For those without internet access, it can also be obtained by telephoning 0845 071 007.

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