A Policy for Admissions
UNICEF Convention on the Rights of Children Article 3
(The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all
actions concerning children)
Pupils within the appropriate age range are admitted to the school in accordance with Kent County Council admissions policy.
The admissions criteria are: -
• 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’s Act 1989) or who is 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)
• 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.
• current family association
(a brother or sister in the school at the time of entry)
• Nearness of children’s home and ease of access to schools – measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data.
Children are admitted on to the Admissions Register by the name on their birth certificate. If parents wish them to be known by another name it will be indicated next to the birth certificate name by “known as ……….”. If a child’s name is legally changed at a later date this will be cross referenced in the Admissions Register.
Early Years Provision
All children will be admitted in the Autumn Term of the academic year in which they reach the age of five years. However, we do believe that it is important that all the children attend school on a part-time basis initially as school demands a great deal of the young child. Starting school for the first time brings with it new routines, social situations and experiences which can be very exhausting.
Collective Worship takes place either in class, Key Stage or whole school. Children are steadily integrated into whole school Collective Worship. It is important to build on their previous experiences in school as they are fully integrated into all aspects of school life.
We follow our schools guidelines on Health and Safety. Children remain in their classrooms at the end of each day until they are collected by a parent or similar adult authorised by the parent.
This policy will be reviewed every two years.
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 complete an In Year Casual Application Form and send it back to our school. (You will need to fill out a separate form with each individual child). In the event of the school being oversubscribed the prospective parents will be informed and told of their rights to appeal.
In Year Casual Application form
Starting at Primary School September 2020
If you have a child born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016,
you need to apply for their place at a primary school.
You must submit one application per child, even if they already have a sibling at our school.
please ring the School Office on 01322 382292 to book your appointment
Tuesday 5th November 2019 at 9.15am or 1.45pm
Wednesday 27th November 2019 at 9.15am or 1.45pm
Applying online is quick, simple and convenient
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
Important dates to remember:
Closing date for all applications (online or forms)
Emails sent to those who applied online with a valid email address
Date by which places must be accepted or refused