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. Generally, we hold our first Reception Open Day visit in September and then run a series of events in the autumn term through to the application deadline in January. 


Details of our Open Events for entry in September 2023 will be posted on this page in due course. In the meantime, we hope you find our online resources helpful in giving you a flavour of the school. If you would like to find out more about St John's or have questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Admissions Manager by phone or email.

All about St John's


On our website you can find lots of information about all aspects of the school, 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 closed on Monday 17th January. Reception offers will be sent to parents on Tuesday 19th April 2022.


If you have missed the application deadline, please contact KCC on to enquire about submitting a late application. 


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 on how to complete your application form:

For full details of the application process, please find below the KCC Guide to Primary Admissions 2022.

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

Expression of Interest


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 an Expression of Interest form 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.