The Local Authority (LA) is responsible for the control of admissions to the school and this will be coordinated by them using a common application form and timetable.

By law, children have to start school by the beginning of the school term after their fifth birthday (this is when they reach compulsory school age). The local authority’s policy is to encourage schools to admit four year olds so that as many children as possible will have at least eight terms in Key Stage 1. The decision on whether or not to admit four year olds is made and reviewed annually by the Head of School and in consultation with the Governors.

The number of places available is determined by the physical capacity of the school and is called the ‘Agreed Admissions number’. Our published admissions number is 30. The LEA, in consultation with the Executive Head and Head of School, may set a higher figure for a particular year group. The law gives parents the right to state a preference for any school, but not automatic choice. If your preference is St John’s School, a place will be offered if there are vacancies. In 2017 / 2018  if the school is over-subscribed, the following criteria will be taken into account in the order listed below:

  • Children in the care of Kent County Council.
  • Current Family Association (sibling link)
  • Health and Special Access Reasons
  • Nearness of children’s homes and ease of access to schools ‘using the distance between the child’s permanent address and the school, measured in a straight line using ordnance survey address point data.

How old your child should be when they start school

Most children begin primary school at the start of the school year in which they reach school age (5 years old). All schools must admit children from the September following their 4th birthday.

A school year runs from September to the following August.

Starting school in September 2018

Children should start primary or junior school if born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014

Applications for entry to Year R for September 2018

Applications for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2018 opened at 9am on 6 November 2017 and close on 15 January 2018

KCC Online Admissions

Or you can apply via post:

Primary school application form (PDF, 94.9 KB)

The Local Authority will process applications between 15 January and 15 April 2018.

Applications will close on 15 January 2018 for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2018. If you miss the deadline please email

If you apply online the LA will email you on 16 April 2018 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.

Or you can also log in from 5pm on 16 April 2018 to view your offer.

If you apply by post the LA will send your offer by first class post on 16 April 2018. Royal Mail no longer guarantees next day delivery on first class post. Please wait 3 working days for your letter to arrive before contacting us.

For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email
Or visit

Applying for an In Year admission

If your child is already at school and you wish to apply for a school place outside the year of entry (for example, a year 1 or 2 place) please refer to KCC’s In Year Application page for information. Alternatively, download and complete the In Year Common Application Form (IYCAF) here and return to the Office Manager, St John’s CEP School, Bayham Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3XD or email a copy to