If you would like a place at our school please contact Mrs Hambelton in the school office directly on (01634) 844152.
We have 420 places in school and 60 part time places in the Nursery.
Medway Council funds five morning or afternoons sessions for all 3 and 4 year olds and children start fully funded full-time education in the September of the year (1 September - 31 August) they turn 5.
Our Admissions Policy for 2020 / 2021 can be found here
Our Admissions Policy for 2021 / 2022 can be found here
If we are over-subscribed the following criteria will be applied in the following order:
- children in care
- a brother or sister is already in school
- health considerations
- multiple birth children
- children of a member of staff
- children in receipt of Service Pupil Premium
- children who already attend another Westbrook Trust school, or having a sibling that does so
- nearness to school
Please contact the School Office for an Expression of Interest Form here and to arrange a visit. One of our Deputy Heads meets every new family either personally or at a meeting arranged for all children joining our school.
Our priority is to ensure that your child settles happily into school. We give your child (and you) the opportunity to become familiar with the school, its routines and show how you can help your child make the best of their learning
MEDWAY PRIMARY FAIR ACCESS PROTOCOL
All primary schools in Medway operate a Fair Access Protocol for in-year admissions.
On receipt of an in-year admission application, we will consider whether the child meets the criteria for consideration under the Medway's Fair Access Protocols (see below).
The Fair Access Protocols in Medway are triggered whenever a child (whether on roll of another Medway school or unplaced) is considered hard to place, against one of the following categories:
- those with attendance at the previous school/academy or provision of less than 70% (unless this is for a known reason such as illness)
- a child who has been permanently excluded once or whose most recent permanent exclusion was more than two years ago
- a child who has been excluded for fixed terms totalling 10 days or more over the previous two academic years
- a child currently attending a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or whose most recent placement was a PRU or similar provision for behavioural/social or emotional reasons
- school refusers not currently on a school’s roll
- Children wishing to return to a mainstream school from home education
- A child who has been out of education for 2 months or more
If, based on the information available to us or to the local authority, we can demonstrate that the child meets one or more of the fair access criteria, we will refer the application and all relevant evidence to Medway Council School Admissions and Transport Team for inclusion on the next available fair access panel meeting agenda.
Panel meetings will take place on a monthly basis (11 meetings a year) .
The panel will then discuss the most appropriate school placement, based upon the factors below (not listed in any priority order):
- Parental/carer preferences
- Geographically nearest / ease of travel
- The views of the local authority
- The most appropriate environment to support the child’s learning and development
- Fair distribution – the number of children already taken by the school/academy
- Whether a child has previously attended a Medway school/academy
- Faith preferences, where evidence is provided in line with the school of faith criteria.
- General contextual information about individual schools
- Contextual information about individual pupils and the impact of their placement at particular schools
The school allocation of children who fall under the fair access protocols will take place at the meetings of the fair access panel to ensure places are allocated as quickly as possible
Year R – Academic Year 2020 - 21
Watch this space for details and dates
Years 1 to 6
In Years 1 and 2 any successful appeals are unlikely to be accepted due to the law regarding infant classes. Consequently, there are only limited conditions under which an appeal may be upheld. Very, very few appeals, if any, are successful for Years 1 and 2 in this school because it cannot break the law and have more than 30 children in any one class. For the last few years no appeals for these two year groups have been successful at this school.
It is advisable to place your child on the school’s waiting list alongside any appeal request. You are more likely to be given a place from the waiting list than through the appeal process.
Any appeals lodged will be heard within 40 school days of submitting the request.
If you have any queries regarding an appeal, then you are asked to contact the school.
Please see our power point presentation here shared with parents of children joining us in the Foundation Stage