St. John's

Church of England Primary School

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Reception Admissions

Welcome to St John’s


Applying for a place for your child to start school is an exciting time – but it can also be a daunting one. You will be looking ahead to the next seven years of your child’s life, considering which school you think would suit them best, and perhaps feeling uncertain about the application process.


At St John’s, we are keen to do everything we can to help. We have put together some resources on this page to give you more information about the school and to explain the application process. If you have any questions, no matter how small, we are always happy to answer them. Please contact our Admissions Manager, Mrs Catherine Taylor, on 01892 678980 ext. 206 or by email at


Reception intake


Each year, we admit 90 children into our three Reception classes. As a Voluntary Controlled Church School, our admissions arrangements are determined by Kent County Council (KCC). All applications to the school are ranked in order of our admissions criteria, which can be summarised as follows:


1. Children in Local Authority Care (or previously in Care).

2. Current Family Association (having a brother or sister at the school at the time of entry).

3. Health and Special Access Reasons (where a child has a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school).

4. 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 below.

When can I visit the school?


Each year, we really look forward to welcoming prospective parents to St John’s. Now that Covid restrictions are beginning to ease, we are delighted to be re-starting our open events. We have scheduled a number of dates, and you can find these below. Booking is essential. To book either one or two parent places on one of our visits, please email Catherine Taylor on Numbers are limited, and we would ask that parents please do not bring children to these events (there will be opportunities for our new Reception starters to visit the school later in the process). Each session will last about an hour.


  • Tuesday 21st September at 2pm
  • Thursday 7th October at 9.30am FULLY BOOKED
  • Tuesday 9th November at 9.30am FULLY BOOKED
  • Thursday 18th November at 2pm FULLY BOOKED
  • Wednesday 1st December at 2pm
  • Monday 10th January at 2pm


You can also find below a letter from our Headteacher with more information about our open events.

We keep a contact list of parents who have expressed an interest in a Reception place at St John's. From time to time we write to parents on this list with information about open events and the admissions process. If you would like to join this contact list then please complete the Expression of Interest form below and return it to our Admissions Manager. Forms can be returned to the school office in hard copy, or scanned and emailed to Alternatively, please just email Mrs Taylor with your details. Please note that this form is NOT an application and will have no impact on your chances of a place - you will still need to apply as usual via the KCC process detailed below.

All about St John's


As well as attending an Open Event, you can also find lots of information about all aspects of the school on our website, so please do take some time to explore. In particular, we have put together the following resources to help give prospective parents a really good flavour of what St John's is all about.

  • First Year at St John's’ video: this is a short film we put together in 2020, which gives a really good insight into what life in Reception is like for children at St John’s. The video was created by Ginger Cat Studios ( / Facebook @gingercatstudios).
  • Photo Slideshow: this has lots of lovely pictures to give you an in-depth feel for our school site and community. 


How to apply for a place


If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018, they are due to start school in September 2022. All applications for Reception places need to be made through Kent County Council using this link. Applications for September 2022 will open on Friday 5th November 2021 and close on Monday 17th January 2022. Reception offers will then be sent to parents on Tuesday 19th April 2022. In due course, KCC will publish their Guide to Primary Applications 2022 and we will upload it here. In the meantime, we have put together a list of Reception Application FAQs to help guide you through the application process. This includes information about distances and admissions criteria, plus some tips for how to complete your application form - please see below:

How can I find out more?


Now you’ve had a chance to learn a bit more about St John’s, we do hope that you will consider applying for a place for your child to join us. If you have any queries about the school or the application process, please get in touch with our Admissions Manager, Mrs Catherine Taylor, in the first instance. You can also contact the Kent County Council Admissions Team for further advice.


Mrs Catherine Taylor, St John's Admissions Manager 

01892 678980 - extension 206


KCC Primary Admissions Team

03000 412121