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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 will open on 5th November 2019 and close on 15th January 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. 


We will be holding Open Day Tours for parents who are interested in their children coming to St John's. If you would like to book a place on one of these tours, please contact Mrs Taylor, our Admissions Manager, on 01892 678980 x 206 or at These visits are primarily for parents, as there is a half hour sit-down presentation followed by a tour of the school. However, if you are unable to arrange childcare you may bring your child with you; please let us know this when you book.


The dates of our next Parent Tours are as follows:


  • Tuesday 24th September at 2pm (fully booked)
  • Tuesday 8th October at 9.30am (fully booked)
  • Monday 18th November at 9.30am (fully booked)
  • Tuesday 3rd December at 9.30am (fully booked)
  • Friday 10th January at 2pm

Places are limited, so please contact Mrs Taylor to book your place. Please arrive promptly for the tour, as the presentation will start at the time given. The presentation and tour will last for about an hour. When booking a visit, we will require the following information please:


  • whether one or both parents will be attending
  • an email address
  • a contact phone number


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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