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 2016 / 2017 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 2017
Children should start primary or junior school if born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 for Reception
Applications for entry to Primary/Junior School (Year R and Year 3) will open on Monday 7th November 2016, and close on Monday 16th January 2017.
You can apply for up to 3 schools, putting them in order of preference. It’s in your best interest to list 3 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once. They can only be INFANT or PRIMARY schools. KCC cannot process applications for INDEPENDENT or SPECIAL schools. (If you wish to apply for those schools you will need to approach them directly.)
You can apply online or by post.
For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places
KCC will process applications between 17 January and 17 April 2017
If you apply online KCC will email you on 18 April 2017 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered. They cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider.
You can also log in to view your offer from 5pm (https://ola.kent.gov.uk/kccadmissions/prefs.php ).
If you applied by post KCC will send your offer by first class post on 18 April 2017.
When making an offer, KCC will ensure that:-
• A place will be offered at the highest available ranked preference your child is eligible for, or
• If a place cannot be offered at any school name on your application, a place will be offered at an alternative school
If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs the KCC website has further information on how to apply.
NB If you return to your application before the closing date and wish to amend any details (including your email address or re-setting your password), you must use the email address you registered with and you must re-submit it before the closing date. . If you wish to make any changes to your application AFTER the closing date, please contact the Admissions Team for further advice on 01622 696565.
The deadline for applications is 16th Jan 2017
Only one application per pupil will be accepted. If you apply online, do not complete a paper application as well.
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 email@example.com