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Admissions

The school provides education for children between 4 and 11 years old, year groups Reception to Year 6 inclusive.

The published admission number for the school is 30.  Children are admitted to the Reception class in the school year in which they have their fifth birthday. All Reception year children are admitted in September.

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the number of places available, all applications will be considered in accordance with our 'over-subscription criteria':

  1. LAC
  2. Sibling
  3. Health and Special Access
  4. Children of Staff
  5. Distance

Please refer to our Admissions Policy for the definition of these categories.

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the number of places available, all applications will be considered in accordance with the over-subscription criteria in the following prioritisation order:

  1. LAC DISTANCE Children who are, previously LAC, adopted or previously adopted.
  2. Sibling: DISTANCE having a Brother/Sister attending.
  3. Health and Special Access: DISTANCE Medical, Health, Social and Special.
  4. A child of staff at the school.
  5. Priority Area: DISTANCE Bridge Residents by distance.
  6. Distance: DISTANCE all remaining children in distance order.

How old should your child be when they start school?

A school year runs from 1st September in one calendar year to 31st August in the next, so children who will reach compulsory school age during the school year 2022 / 2023 are those born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.

Primary school applications procedure:

Primary school applications open on 5 November 2021 and close at midnight on the evening of 17 January 2022.

Applications needed to be submitted by 17 January 2022 for your child to be guaranteed an offer of a school place on 19 April 2022.

If you have already submitted your application and need to make any amendments, please contact kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk for further information on what you need to do next.

If you missed the deadline, you can still submit an application for a school place for September 2022. Once you have submitted, you will receive an email confirming when this school place will be offered. Further information can be found on KCC's website

Apply Here 

If a parent has applied online they will receive an email after 4pm on 19 April 2022 telling them which school they have been offered.  Parents can also log in from 5pm on 19 April 2022 to view the offer online.  A letter will be sent posted out first class.

In Year Admission:

To apply for a place for any year group during any academic year please download the In Year Admission Form from KCC and bring it along to school with proof of age and address of the child.

The application will be processed and you will get a letter advising you if a place is available or not. You will need to reply to accept or be added to the waiting list. If we do not receive the slip back your child’s name will not be added to the waiting list.

Waiting lists are long and accumulated by year group and sorted using the same criteria listed above. There’s no requirement to call to move the child up a year as we do that automatically. We will only contact you should a place become available and you are at the highest point on that list.

Registering your interest with primary schools

If your child isn’t old enough to start school yet, you may register an interest at any school you want by contacting the school office. When your child is old enough, the school will get in touch with you so that you can collect a booklet and admissions form for that year.

Registering an interest at a school does not give your child priority for a place just because their name has been down longer than any other child.

If you are unhappy with the offer

View the schools website to find out more about it.

If you are still unhappy you can put your child on the waiting list or make an appeal for any of the schools you applied for.  

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2022 you must submit an appeal by 17 May 2022 to guarantee that your appeal will be considered. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.

We recommend that you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your waiting list position or your appeal. It will guarantee your child has a school place if no places become available or if your appeal is unsuccessful. 

Nursery

The published admission number for Nursery is 52 (26 AM and 26 PM session). We only offer 15 hours which will form part of your Universal Free Entitlement – 3 hours a day 5 times a week (Monday-Friday).

Nursery Sessions

  • AM: 8.45-11.45am
  • PM: 12.30-3.30pm

If you are entitled to 30 hours Extended Entitlement then you can claim the additional 15 hours at another setting, but you must ensure that the other setting is aware of any hours you are claiming at our Nursery.

If you do gain a place for your child at our Nursery it does not guarantee a transfer to our school. A separate application via Kent County Council is needed to get a place at school.

Applying to Nursery is done by submitting an admission form (copies at main reception) along with the detailed birth certificate and a proof of address. This is better done after the second birthday but before the third birthday. Bringing the forms earlier does not give you any priority.

Parents will not hear anything from DBCPS until it is approaching the intake period for that age group. Usually, our nursery gets filled for September and no further children accepted for the January or the April intake.

Our criteria to nursery are the same for our school and they are as follows:

  1. LAC DISTANCE Children who are, previously LAC, adopted or previously adopted.
  2. Sibling: DISTANCE having a Brother/Sister attending.
  3. Health and Special Access: DISTANCE Medical, Health, Social and Special.
  4. A child of staff at the school.
  5. Priority Area: DISTANCE Bridge Residents by distance.
  6. Distance: DISTANCE all remaining children in distance order.

Appeals

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2021 you can appeal between 16th April -17 May 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 16 July 2021.   For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.

You have the right to appeal for a school place (but not for a nursery place). This is done by applying directly to Kent County Council.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can I get a place for my child in any year group (Reception – Year 6) in your school?

A. Please see these links for more information: Kent County Council Primary Admission and School Admissions Criteria.

Q. If my child is going to start Reception Class next year, and I would like to view your school before I make my choices, how do I make an appointment?

A. Open school tours for new parents wishing to view our school before registering for September Reception places:

Q. Do I need an appointment?

A. Yes, please complete the form below to apply for spaces at our new reception meetings. On the day of your meeting report to Main Reception at the campus and a member of the school staff will show you to your seat.

Q. Are there any other supplementary forms to fill in?

A. No.

Q. If I had a tour does that guarantee me a place or give me an advantage over someone that names your school on their form and have not visited themselves?

A. No.

Nursery Admissions

Q: When should I apply for a nursery place for my child?

A: After the child’s 2nd birthday.

Q: How do I apply to your nursery?

A: You will need to come along to school the term before your child is 3 to fill in a Nursery Admission Form at main reception and bring the child’s birth certificate. We can not post forms but you can download one here.

Q: Is it better to apply as soon as I have my baby?

A: No, it does not give you any advantage.

Q: If I file my application earlier, am I guaranteed a place?

A: No. There is no difference or benefit from applying earlier. The criteria for nursery is the child’s age so if we are full in September and your child reaches 3 in October even if you have your application on file when the baby is 1 day old it will make no difference.

Q: If I get a place offered at the nursery would that guarantee a place in reception?

A: No. Nursery admission is separate from the main school and has different criteria.

Q: When will I hear from you if I have or have not got a place for my child at your nursery?

A: Applications are gathered and looked at/near a point of admission round (Sept, January and April) so you will not hear anything from us until a couple of weeks prior to those dates as your application will stay on file until your child reach/near his/her third birthday.

Q: If I have a sibling at your school does that guarantee me a place at your nursery for my child?

A: No. Admission criteria for the nursery is based on the child’s age so if we are full in September, and have no places to offer in Autumn (or other terms), even having a sibling does not guarantee a place.

Q: If my child attends your nursery would he/she automatically move on to Reception class?

A: No.  You need to apply again via Kent County Council Primary Admission.

Q: What is your admission criteria for the nursery?

A: 1: Children in Local Authority Care. 2: Current family association 3: Bridge Residents 4: Distance of the child’s home to school.

Q: Is your nursery able to take children full time (9am-4pm)?

No. Our nursery only offers 2 sessions a day AM (8.45am-11.45am) and PM (12.30pm-3.30pm), school term time only. Children are admitted to either AM or PM depending on vacancies available.

Q: Do I have to have my child at your nursery to guarantee a place at Reception?

No. As there is no link between the two phases. Reception places are offered via Kent County Council on a separate admission criteria. So if your child is settled at another nursery there is no need to rush and change nurseries.

Q: What are the points of admission throughout the year?

A: There are 3 points of admission for Nursery throughout the year (September, January and April). Children will be able to take up their Free Entitlement from the beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday, if we have places.

If your child’s 3rd birthday is:

Before or on the 31st August

they can start nursery in September

Between 1st September – 31st December

they can start nursery in January

Between 1st Jan – 31st March

they can start nursery in April

Between 1st April – 31st August

they can start nursery from 1st September (the following academic year)

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