Children reach compulsory school age at the beginning of term after their fifth birthday. The children due to be admitted in any academic year are those born between 1st September and the following 31st August. Each school decides as a matter of policy when to admit four year olds. In coming to a decision the Headteacher has to take account of the number of teachers, class sizes and the accommodation at the school.
In line with Kent County Council’s commitment to open enrolment, Chilham St. Mary’s will do its best to provide a place for a child at the school, but this may not always be possible. The capacity of the accommodation or other constraints at our school may mean that parental preference cannot be met.
Admission may have to be refused, for example, if it would lead to oversized classes now or later, or it would prevent resources from being used efficiently. In some years we have not been able to accept all applicants to the school.
The LEA has to plan the number of children admitted to each school very carefully to make sure that no school is overcrowded. For this reason Chilham St. Mary’s intends to admit a maximum of 15 children into Reception for the new academic year. (There is no set allocation of places for admissions of children entering school other than in Reception).
If the number of preferences for our school is less than this figure, there is usually no problem in meeting parents’ wishes. However, there may be occasions where so many parents want places that difficult decisions have to be made.
When this happens, places at County schools are allocated by the LEA (or Headteacher acting on its behalf) taking account of the following priority order:
If you want to transfer your child from one primary school to another, other than at the normal transfer age (for example because you are moving home), you should contact the school, it would also be helpful if you could inform the Headteacher of your child’s present school. The transfer of a child to another school on educational grounds can be considered at any time.
Parents who are unhappy with an admission decision at a particular County school can appeal in writing to the Education Office. If you are not satisfied with this decision, the case can be referred to members of the Education & Libraries Committee. There is a final stage of appeal to an Independent Statutory Appeal Committee, although if the admission of the child would breach the infant class size limit, this appeal can only be upheld where parents demonstrated the Authority has acted unreasonably or erroneously in refusing their child a place.
Applications for Reception places are taken online through the Kent County Council Website – KCC Admissions. Please note that there are set deadlines and special forms for children entering Reception. Information is usually available in the November before your child is due to start school, with deadlines for application usually in January before your child is due to start school.
Year R September 2020 - Update Regarding Application Deadline
Applications for admission to primary school for September 2020 open on Tuesday 5 November 2019. We have been advised by KCC that in addition to accepting paper application forms up until 10th February as being ‘on time’, for the first time they also keeping the online admissions system (www.kent.gov.uk/ola) open for parents applying to start school in September this year. That means parents can apply online and still receive an offer on Primary National Offer Day (16th April) as long as it is submitted by 10th February.
Please contact the school office if you would like to arrange a visit and meeting with our headteacher.
In Year Applications
Please complete the IYAF form below and return it to the school either by post or email.
If you would like any further information, please contact the Business Manager, Mrs Melanie Woodland.