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.



St John’s CE Primary School Open Event – For Year R Entry Sept 2021

We are delighted that you are considering St John’s CE Primary School for your child.

Primary school applications opened on 5 November 2020 and closed at midnight on the evening of 15 January 2021.

Applications needed to be submitted by 15 January 2021 for your child to be guaranteed an offer of a school place on 16 April 2021.

If you missed the deadline, you can still submit an application to KCC for a school place for September 2021. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming when a school place will be offered.

If you have already submitted your application and need to make any amendments, please contact [email protected] for further information on what you need to do next.

Summer born children

If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August and you want them to defer starting school until the next academic year, contact the Primary Admissions Team at KCC for more information  [email protected].

Special educational needs and disabilities children

Most children with special educational needs and disabilities can attend mainstream schools, whether or not they have an EHCP. Find out more about applying for a school place for your SEND child.


KCC will process applications between 16 January and 16 April 2021.

If you applied online KCC will email you on 16 April 2021 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.

You can also log in from 5pm on 16 April 2021 to view your offer parent-portal-login

If you applied by post, KCC will send your offer by first class post on 16 April 2021.  Royal Mail no longer guarantees next day delivery on first class post. Please wait 3 working days for your letter to arrive before contacting them.

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.


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 [email protected]