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 LA, 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 Westgate Primary School, a place will be offered if there are vacancies. In 2019 / 2020 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
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 2019/2020 are those born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.
Primary School Applications
All parents wishing to apply for their child to start school in September 2019 can do so from November 2018. You can apply online or fill out a paper application form – these are available from Kent primary schools or by using a standard paper form known as the Reception Common Application Form (RCAF).