Admissions Overview

Thank you for considering The Matthew Arnold School for the next step in your child's education. Our full admissions arrangements can be viewed by following this link: Policies and Statutory Information - Admission Arrangements tab.

Entry for Year 7 in September 2024

The Matthew Arnold School will be admitting 196 pupils into Year 7 in September 2024. Application to The Matthew Arnold School is via Surrey Education Admissions service who co-ordinate our applications.

The closing date for applications is: 31st October 2023

National Offer Day is: 1st March 2024

Please view our admissions policy/admissions arrangements for all details about our selection criteria, over-subscribed criteria, admissions number and admissions arrangements for disabled students.

In-Year Admissions

In-year admission applications are those that are made to join an existing year group within the school.

The Local Governing Committee will consider the application in line with the School Admissions Code 2021 and aims to respond to applicants within 10 school days of the application being received, but within a maximum of 15 days.

To apply for an in-year school place, please complete this online form with Surrey County Council. We will then contact you to confirm receipt of your application and add you to our waiting list.

If a place becomes available, we will contact you and organise for you to meet with our Headteacher.

Tours of the School

Our Open Evenings have now taken place and no further tours of the school are available. Because most of our Year Groups are full, with active waiting lists, we do not offer tours until a place is offered at the school.


As its own Admissions Authority The Matthew Arnold School delegates this role to the Surrey Schools Appeal Service. All appeals will be handled in accordance with the School Admission Appeals Code.

Click Here For Surrey School Appeals


Appeals lodged by

Appeals to be heard by

01 March 2024

 29 March 2024

15 June 2024

(40 school days)

NB: Appeals will not start being heard until after the relevant closing date has passed.

Appeals lodged after these dates will be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline or 30 school days of being lodged, whichever is the later date.

Appellants will be sent notification of their appeal hearing at least 10 clear school days in advance of the hearing.  Appellants will be sent a copy of the school's case 7 clear working days in advance of the hearing.

Appellants must ensure that any further evidence not included with their initial appeal, is received by 5pm on the day preceding 3 clear working days prior to the appeal hearing date.  Any additional evidence or information received after this date might not be considered at the appeal hearing.

Further Information

If you have any questions regarding admissions and would like to speak directly to the school, please do not hesitate to contact the main reception:


- Dec 5
Here’s a look at period 4 today, everything from cooking dough balls, making Jack in the Boxes in DT, practising hockey drills, jamming away in music and a mini whiteboard maths test. Lovely work everyone 👏— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) December 5, 2023
- Dec 5
Beautiful work in progress from Year 10 textiles. Well done for your super creative homework pages on designer Priscilla Edwards, who creates wax coated wire structures using scraps and found objects. Beautiful 😍— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) December 5, 2023
- Dec 4
✨ NEW ✨The Matthew Arnold Breakfast Club! A place where you will always be welcome for hot chocolate and breakfast. Starting next Monday, Miss Fuller will be speaking to tutor groups about it this week 🥰 ☕️🥐— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) December 4, 2023
- Dec 4
Victory! 🏆 The Year 10 girls claimed 1st place in the borough football tournament going undefeated in every game! They sealed the victory with a 2-1 win, coming back from a goal behind, against Bishop Wand. Well done Lucy, Chloe, Jess, Gigi, Amelia, Jen, Eleanor and Tallulah 👏— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) December 4, 2023
- Dec 2
Looking for an indoor activity as the cold weather creeps in? There is still time to design your Christmas Card competition entries! 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded with some fabulous prizes and the winner will be our official card to the community 🥰🎄❄️🍁⛄️🏔️— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) December 2, 2023
- Nov 29
Wonderful day out with Year 11 Geographers completing fieldwork on the River Tillingbourne. Nothing beats learning outside of the classroom even on a crisp cold November’s day! Great work guys 👏— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) November 29, 2023
- Nov 20
The latest newsletter is live on the website and linked below ➡️ This week’s issue includes a lovely introduction to the new half term from Ms Ruse as well as stories on student achievements and important dates and fixtures.Are you in the know? 🔗— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) November 20, 2023
- Nov 20
Anyone recognise these feet?! Here are just some of the pictures we took on Friday’s ‘ Odd sock day’ celebrating just about any and every unique style and we loved it. Well done everyone for such a colourful array of socks.#oddsocksday2023 #UniqueAndProud #acceptance #BeYou— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) November 20, 2023
- Nov 16
We’ve been asking students to think about what kindness means to them and are grateful to them for sharing with us. We hope that your words resonate with others #bekind— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) November 16, 2023
- Nov 16
Assemblies this week have been focussed on kindness. Every year we have a day where we wear odd socks to celebrate our uniqueness and acceptance of each other. Please join in and wear your choice of different socks tomorrow- we will be pleased to celebrate all of them. #bekind— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) November 16, 2023
- Nov 13
Wishing our Year 11’s the best of luck in their mock exams starting this week 🍀— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) November 13, 2023
- Nov 10
Today we united in reflection to remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought for our freedom. We remember all those affected by and suffering because of conflict. Lest we forget…— The Matthew Arnold School (@TMA_School) November 10, 2023
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