At St John’s we admit 90 children each year into our three Reception classes. As a Voluntary Controlled Church School, our admissions arrangements are determined by the Local Authority (Kent County Council). All applications to the school are ranked in order of our admissions criteria, which are summarised below:
Children in Local Authority Care (or previously in Local Authority Care).
Current Family Association (a brother or sister at the school at the time of entry).
Health and Special Access Reasons (children who have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school).
Nearness of the child’s home to the school, measured as a straight line distance.
St John’s does not have a fixed ‘catchment area’. The distance of the last place offered varies from year to year, depending on the number of siblings and on the number of other applicants and their distance from the school. The school is generally oversubscribed and in recent years the distance of the last place offered has been approximately 0.4 to 0.6 of a mile. We do not know in advance what the distance for the next year’s intake will be.
Full details of our admissions criteria can be found in our Admissions Policy.
If your child was born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2017 they are due to start Reception in September 2021. All applications for places must be submitted to Kent County Council, who encourage parents to apply online using this link, although a paper application form is also available. Applications for children due to start primary school in September 2021 will open on 5th November 2020 and close on 15th January 2021. Full details of the application process can be found on the KCC website or in the Guide to Primary Applications linked at the bottom of this page.
Please note that there is no ‘supplementary information form’ to complete as part of the application process for a place at St John’s. Our status as a Church of England school is at the heart of our ethos, but church attendance and faith preference do not form part of our admissions criteria and are not used to prioritise applications.
Each year we look forward to welcoming prospective parents to St John's. In normal circumstances we would run our first Open Day for next year's Reception starters in July. The open sessions would then continue at regular intervals throughout the autumn term until the closing date for applications in January.
The safety of our school community is our top priority, however, and this means that we must unfortunately restrict visits to the school at the present time. Working to the government's Covid-19 guidelines, we sadly do not currently envisage being able to run any open sessions for prospective parents in Term 1 (September to October). We will keep this situation under review and will make a decision in the autumn as to whether it will be possible to run any open events in Term 2 (after the October half term break).
In the meantime, we invite prospective parents to complete an 'Expression of Interest' form (see further below) so that we can keep you informed of developments. We will be making further information available about the school and the admissions process shortly.
We have also created a video about life in Reception at St John's. Although this is primarily aimed at our September 2020 starters, we think it gives a really good insight into what St John's is all about, so please do take a look at it on this link. The video was created by Ginger Cat Studios (www.gingercatstudios.co.uk / Facebook @gingercatstudios).
Please click below to read a letter from the Headteacher with further information.
We hope that you enjoy browsing our website, which has lots of information about all aspects of the school. If you have any queries about joining St John’s, please contact Mrs Taylor in the first instance (details below).
If you are considering an application to St John’s for a Reception place, you may wish to complete our Expression of Interest form (available below). This is not an application, but 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.
For further information about primary school places in Kent, please visit the Kent County Council admissions page here. You may also wish to read KCC’s ' booklet (below), which provides a comprehensive guide to the application process for parents, as well as information about local schools.