Thank you for your interest in our school. The admission application process is slightly different depending when (within their schooling) your child is joining our community.
The parents of every child who joins our school agrees to abide by our Home/School Agreement and can consent to this on their child's pupil profile on Arbor.
Medway Council funds five morning or afternoon sessions for all 3 and 4 year olds, these are allocated on an individual basis following applications.
We are also able to offer 30 hour spaces to children who are eligible (please email or speak to the office for further information)
If you would like to apply for a place in our Nursery, please complete the nursery application form here
Please email them to Mrs Hambelton at this email address or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call her on 01634 844152
For our nursery admissions policy please click here.
Admissions to Foundation Stage 2 (Year R)
After their time at nursery, most children then start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they’ll turn 5 during their first school year.
For example, if your child’s fourth birthday is between 1 September 2023 and 31 August 2024 they will usually start school in September 2024.
If you would like your child to join us when they start school then you need to apply via Medway Council, even if they already attend our Nursery. You can find all the information on their website here.
Is your child starting school in September 2024? How exciting! The deadline for applying for a primary school space with Medway Council is the 15th January 2024. You can find all the relevant information here.
Our school tours for the upcoming reception year are now over, however, if you would like to come and see us please give us a ring at the school office on 01634 844152.
Please click here for a handy guide to support you to help your child in getting ready for school.
Mid-Year School Admissions
Please email them to Mrs Hambelton at the school office and arrange a visit to see the school.
If you have any questions, please call Mrs Hambelton in the school office on 01634 844152
Our Admissions Policy for 2025 / 2026 can be found here.
We have 420 places in school and 60 places in the Nursery which can be adjusted to family needs (15 or 30 hours per week).
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
- distance from school
One of our Senior Leadership Team meets every new family personally and will show you around the 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 totaling 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.
Mid-year admission appeals - 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 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.
Year R appeals – Academic Year 2023 - 2024
Year R appeals normally take place at the end of June.