If you would like to see our school, we have Open Days on Monday 26th November at 1.15pm and Monday 3rd December at 9.30am. Please call the office on 01322 223382 to arrange your visit!
Westgate Primary School follows the Kent Country Council admissions criterias.
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 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 2019 / 2020 are those born between 1 September 2014 and 31 August 2015.
Primary school applications procedure:
Primary school applications opened on 5 November 2020 and closed at midnight on the evening of 15 January 2021.
Applications needed to be submitted by 15 January 2021 for your child to be guaranteed an offer of a school place on 16 April 2021.
If you have already submitted your application and need to make any amendments, please contact email@example.com 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 2021. 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
- If a parent has applied online they will receive an email after 4pm on 16 April 2021 telling them which school they have been offered. Parents can also log in from 5pm on 16 April 2021 to view the offer online. A letter will be sent posted out first class.
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.
Registering your interest with primary schools
If your child isn’t old enough to start school yet, you may register an interest at any school you want by contacting the school office. When your child is old enough, the school will get in touch with you so that you can collect a booklet and admissions form for that year.
Registering an interest at a school does not give your child priority for a place just because their name has been down longer than any other child.
If you are unhappy with the offer
View the schools website to find out more about it.
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 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.