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Stone St Mary's CE Primary School

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Admissions

STONE - ADMISSIONS POLICY

Starting at Primary School

September 2021

 

 

How old should your child be when they start school?

Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they will turn 5 during their first school year.

A school year runs from 1st September in one calendar year to 31st August in the next, so children who will reach compulsory school age during the school year 2021 / 2022 are those born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017.

 

Further information, including a virtual tour of our school, can be found below.

 

Kent County Council's Application Process for September 2021

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

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

If you missed the deadline, you can still submit an application for a school place for September 2021. 

Further information can be found on KCC's website.

Apply on line 

If you are unable to apply online please email kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk for an alternative method.

Information about schools in Kent can be found in the Primary Admissions Booklet 2021.

The Kent School Database provides an online directory of Kent schools.  Use the 'Schools near me' search facility, entering your postcode and a distance value, to view the schools closest to your home address.

If a parent has applied online they will receive an email after 4pm on 16th April 2021 telling them which school they have been offered.  Parents can also log in from 5pm on 16th April 2021 to view the offer online.  A letter will be sent posted out first class.

 

 

If you are unhappy with the offer

If you are unhappy with the offer you can put your child on the waiting list or make an appeal for any of the schools you applied for.  

 

IIf your child is due to start primary school in September 2021 you can appeal between 16th April -17 May 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 16 July 2021.   For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.

 

We recommend that you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your waiting list position or your appeal. It will guarantee your child has a school place if no places become available or if your appeal is unsuccessful. 

 

Stone St Mary's Virtual Open Day

Please take time to watch our Virtual Open Day Video and to learn more about Stone St Mary's Primary School.

Starting Primary School

Our school's published admission number (PAN) is 90.

 

 

Over Subscription Criteria

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the number of places available, all applications will be considered in accordance with the over-subscription criteria below:

 

  • Looked after Children / Children in Local Authority Care  - a child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local Authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents / carers (section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989)

 

  • current family association - A brother or sister attending the school when the child starts. In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

 

  • Health and Special Access Reasons – medical, social, health and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010.  Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school.  Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school.  Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.

 

  • nearness of children’s home and ease of access to schools we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for the school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

 

A waiting list will be kept of the applicants who are refused admission due to oversubscription. The list will be kept in the sequence of the criteria described above, and will be re-ranked, in line with the published oversubscription criteria, every time a child is added. As and when places become available they will be offered to applicants.

 

 

In year application

There are various reasons parents want their children to change schools and transferring from school to school can happen at any time during the school year. 

 

Please click on link below, 'In Year Application Form', complete and send it back to our school. You will need to fill out a separate form for each individual child. 

In the event of the school being oversubscribed the prospective parents will be informed and told of their rights to appeal.

If you don't live in Kent: you are free to apply directly to a Kent school using the same In Year Common Application Form but may wish to contact your Local Authority to keep them informed.

If you would like more information about joining our school please contact the School Office by telephoning: 01322 382292 or email at: office@stone.kent.sch.uk

 

You can find further information about the in year application process on the Kent County Council website.

In Year Application form

 

 

If you wish to choose our school as one of your three options

please remember we are:

 

Stone St. Mary's Church of England

Primary School 

 

our DFE number is 886 3021

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