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Kent County Council School Admissions page:

There is lots of useful information about primary school admissions on the Kent County Council website (link below). You may also wish to download the KCC 'Guide to Primary School Applications 2020' booklet for parents.

St. John's CE Primary School Admission Arrangements:



Currently 90 children are admitted into our three Reception classes. 


If you would like your child to come to St. John's, the first thing to do is to complete an Expression of Interest (Year R) form so that we can add you to our list of prospective parents. This will ensure that full details of the admissions procedure are sent to you in the autumn preceding the academic year in which your child is due to start school. Please return the Expression of Interest form to Mrs Taylor, our Admissions Manager. If you are unable to download the form please contact the school office.


Reception September 2020

If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 they are due to start Reception in September 2020. Online applications for children due to start primary school in September 2020 opened on 5th November 2019 and closed on 15th January 2020. However, an extension to this deadline means that KCC will now accept applications (either paper or online) as 'on time' until Monday 10th February 2020. Please visit the Kent County Council website linked above for further details on how to apply. Full details of our school Admissions Criteria can be found at the bottom of this page. 


Each year we hold a series of Open Day Tours between July and January for parents who are interested in their children joining Reception at St John's. If you are applying for a place for September 2020 and have not yet had an opportunity to visit the school, please contact Mrs Taylor, our Admissions Manager, on 01892 678980 x 206 or at The dates of our Parent Tours for Reception entry in September 2021 will be published on this page in due course.


Deferred entry

Requests for admission to Reception outside of the normal age group should be made to the Headteacher of each preferred school as early as possible in the admissions round associated with that child's date of birth. This will allow the school and admissions authority sufficient time to make a decision before the closing date. Parents are not expected to provide evidence to support their request to defer their application, however where provided, it must be specific to the child in question. This might include medical or Educational Psychologist reports. There is no legal requirement for this medical or educational evidence to be secured from an appropriate professional, however, failure to provide this may impede a school's ability to agree to deferral. Parents are required to complete an application for the normal point of entry at the same time, in case their request is declined. This application can be cancelled if the school agrees to accept a deferred application for entry into Year R the following year. Deferred applications must be made via paper RCAF to the LA, with written confirmation from each named school attached. Deferred applications will be processed in the same way as all applications for the cohort in the following admissions round, and offers will be made in accordance with each school's oversubscription criteria.


Further advice is available at


Expression of Interest (Year R) Form

Alternatively, please feel free to telephone, email, or come in and talk to Mrs Taylor, our Admissions Manager.

01892 678980 x206


Kent County Council's Contact Centre:

03000 41 21 21 - ask for Primary Admissions

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