How to Apply



Admissions applications will be managed through the Essex Coordinated Scheme. Please apply through the Local Authority for the area in which you live.

If you are applying for a faith place at the school, please download and complete the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) and organise its return with your priest or minister by noon on the last working day in November 2024 (Friday 29 November 204). The earliest this form should completed and submitted to the school is September 2024.


11 Sep Applications open. Apply via 
31 Oct

Final date for applications.

Any application received after this date is treated as late. You cannot apply online after this date.

February Applications are looked at and school places are decided.
1 Mar

National Offer Day

Offers of a school place sent to parents and carers, including offers from other Local Authorities and own authority schools.

17 March (TBC) Waiting list issued by Essex County Council
29 March Deadline to make an appeal if your child wasn't offered a place at one of the schools you listed as the first, second or third preference.
May to July 2023

Appeals are discussed and decided at meetings called appeal hearings. 

Appeal dates:

Thursday 9th May & Friday 10th May 2024

4th July 2024

Open Event information can be found here.

If you have any queries please contact


Parents and carers can apply directly to Becket Keys C of E School for ‘mid-year’ admissions. To make an informal enquiry about the availability of places and operation of waiting lists for ‘mid-year’ places, please contact the Admissions Department by sending your enquiry to

If a place is available and your son/daughter is next on the waiting list, you will be invited for a meeting with the Headteacher. A ‘Taster Day’ for your son/daughter can also be arranged. A ‘mid-year’ admissions application form can be found here on the Essex County Council website under ‘Secondary School Admissions’ and should be returned to the school. The school will notify the Local Authority if a place is offered.

Consultation Update - Admissions 2025-26

Please note that the school has publicly consulted on changes to the faith criterion - click here for the full report. For applications to Year 7 for admission in September 2027, the school intends to amend the period of church attendance required to meet the faith criterion to fortnightly attendance for at least three years.


Dear Stakeholder

Variation to admissions policy for Becket Keys C of E School – September 2023

We write to confirm that the Regional Schools Commissioner (RSC), acting on behalf of the Secretary of State, has agreed that due to the closure of churches during the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to modify our faith-based admission criteria.

The documents include the following amendment in relation to church attendance: “In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these admissions arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.

Yours faithfully

A.P. Scott-Evans, Headteacher