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Westgate Primary School follows the Kent Country Council admissions criterias.

The school provides education for children between 4 and 11 years old, year groups Reception to Year 6 inclusive.

The published admission number for the school is 30.  Children are admitted to the Reception class in the school year in which they have their fifth birthday. All Reception year children are admitted in September.

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

  1. LAC
  2. Sibling
  3. Health and Special Access
  4. Children of Staff
  5. Distance

Please refer to our Admissions Policy for the definition of these categories.

 

Proposed Admissions Policy 2025 / 2026

Click the link above to visit the Trust website for more details.

How old should your child 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 2024 / 2025 are those born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020.

Primary school applications procedure:

Primary school applications open on 3 November 2023 and close at midnight on the evening of 15 January 2024.

Applications needed to be submitted by 15 January 2024 for your child to be guaranteed an offer of a school place on 16 April 2024.

Applications are processed between 16 January 2024 and 15 April 2024.

If you have already submitted your application and need to make any amendments, please contact kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk for further information on what you need to do next.

If you missed the deadline, you can still submit an application for a school place for September 2024. Once you have submitted, you will receive an email confirming when this school place will be offered. Further information can be found on KCC's website.

Apply here - Primary school places - Kent County Council

If a parent has applied online they will receive an email after 4pm on 16 April 2024 telling them which school they have been offered.  Parents can also log in from 5pm on 16 April 2024 to view the offer online.  

As an inclusive school, we make no distinctions on admission on the grounds of race, faith, nationality, gender or disability. We are, however, mindful of the importance of ensuring that we are able to meet the ‘educational and emotional needs’ of all the children in our care. We would, therefore, seek to secure the appropriate resources for a pupil with identified needs, possibly by applying through the EHC process, or seek to support the parent in finding an appropriate place within the authorities extended provision.

At the discretion of the authority some children may be offered priority places because of their perceived needs, or the school may be named directly in a statement of educational needs.

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 Kent’s in-year admission page for information.

Apply for in-year admission here - Move to a different school - Kent County Council

If you are unhappy with the offer

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

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2024 you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Tuesday 16 April 2024).  You must submit an appeal by Tuesday 14 May 2024 for it to be considered by  Tuesday 16 July 2024.  Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

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 where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

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.