Saffron Walden County High School is a popular and heavily oversubscribed secondary school. We currently admit 300 children from our priority admissions area into Year 7 each September and arrange them into 10 mixed tutor groups. All applications are evaluated against a set of published admissions criteria. Please read our Admissions Policy below.

All prospective parents/carers seeking admission to SWCHS should ensure that an application is completed online via the Essex County Council website by clicking here.  Applications open in September and close on 31 October.

You can read about the Essex County Council Year 7 application process by clicking here.

Please click on the link below to open the SWCHS Policy page and view the Admissions Policy, which will provide vital information about how we rank our applications.


Click on the link below to take a virtual tour of our school.


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Please see our Admissions Policy below, if you have any further questions you can contact our Admissions Officer at 

If you are looking for Sixth Form admissions, please click here