Foundation Places

Foundation places are available for entry in Years 7-11. To be eligible for a Foundation place the child and parents should regularly attend a Christian church or chapel in the relevant deanery areas, or attend a Church of England primary school in RBKC.Our aim is to continue to achieve a 50% balance of Foundation and Community places in Years 7-11.

For entry at any point until 31st August 2023 Foundation places will be allocated in the following order of preference:

  1.  F1 Children who regularly attend a Church of England church in the deaneries of Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham or Westminster and who attend a Church of England primary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (a foundation feeder school);
  2. F2 Children who regularly attend other Christian churches or chapels and who attend a Church of England primary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (a foundation feeder school);
  3. F3 Children who regularly attend a Christian church or chapel within the deaneries of Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham or Westminster;
  4. F4 Children who attend a Church of England primary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (a foundation feeder school).

If any of the above categories are oversubscribed, places in that category will be allocated by means of a random draw, under the supervision of an independent person. Those not offered Foundation places will be considered against the criteria for Community places and vice versa.

For entry from 1st September 2023 places will be allocated in the following order of preference:

F1 Children who regularly attend a Christian church or chapel in the deaneries of Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham or Westminster and who attend a Church of England primary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (a foundation feeder school);

F2 Children who regularly attend a Christian church or chapel within the deaneries of Kensington, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham or Westminster;

F3 Children who attend a Church of England primary school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (a foundation feeder school).

If any of the above categories are oversubscribed, places in that category will be allocated in order of distance from home to the Academy, measured in a straight line using the RBKC computerised measuring service. Those not offered Foundation places will be considered against the criteria for Community places and vice versa.

Regular attendance at church must have been for at least one year, on at least two occasions per month. Attendance at virtual or online services when the place of worship is closed is acceptable.The Vicar or Minister must complete and sign the declaration on the Foundation place application form to confirm the necessary level of attendance. Families who have moved into the area within the previous year may submit  a form signed by the Vicar or Minister to confirm that they attended regularly in the place where they used to live.

Christian churches or chapels are defined as those which are members of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance or of the Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox family of churches.

Foundation Place Supplementary Form Part 1

Kensington Deanery map

Chelsea Deanery map

Westminster Deanery map

Hammersmith & Fulham Deanery map

If you have any questions on applying for a Foundation place please email admissions@chelsea-academy.org.