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 2020 / 2021 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 2020
Applications for transfer to primary school for September 2020 opened on Tuesday 5 November 2019 and closed at midnight on Monday 10 February 2020.
From 10 June 2020 all Kent local authority primary, infant and junior schools took over responsibility for admissions for this year group by following the normal In Year procedure, and will manage their waiting lists from this date.
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 Application Form (IYAF) here and return to the Office Manager, St John’s CEP School, Bayham Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3XD or email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org