All children who reach the age of 5 years old between September 1st and 31st August are admitted to school during September.
Medway Local Authority is responsible for allocating all school places. In the event of over subscription, admissions criteria will be applied according to LA requirements:-
- i)Children in public care/looked after children and previously looked after children. Looked after children are children who are (i) in the care of a local authority, or (ii) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (as defined in Section 22 (1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making the application. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (under terms of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, Section 46) or became subject to residence order or special guardianship order (under the terms of the Children Act 1989, Section 8 and Section 14A). Please note that the Council may ask for a copy of the adoption/residence order to validate this criterion.
- ii) Sibling means children who live permanently as brother/sister in the same house and includes natural siblings, adopted siblings, foster siblings and step siblings. Extended family, for example cousins, living in the same house do not qualify as siblings. The sibling must be attending the named school at the time of application and at the time the younger child would start.
iii) Child’s health reason. Medical evidence must be provided to the Student Services Admissions Team. This evidence must demonstrate a specific link between the child’s medical conditions and needs and how the named school can meet these needs.
- iv) Nearness of children’s home/distance. The distance calculated is the shortest available safe walking route known to the geographical information software used by Student Services Admissions Team. This geographical information software may not know all footpaths in existence and certain new roads may not be known. Where a footpath or new road is not known to the software an alternative route will be used. Where a child’s home is situated on a new road the distance calculation will begin from the nearest available known road plotted in the software. New developments may be subject to this. In certain cases it may not be possible to calculate a distance where the entire route is deemed as a safe walking route. In these circumstances the distance calculated is used purely to prioritise an application for admission. There is no expectation the walk should be taken.
Admissions at other times are considered if places are available and the same authority admission criteria apply.
To apply for a place contact Medway Admissions on 01634 331110 or email@example.com
Admissions are made in accordance with LA policy.
If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in September 2021 you can appeal between 16 April and 17 May 2021 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard. Helpful guidance and appeal forms can be found below: