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Nortdown Primary school applies the regulations on admissions fairly and equally to all those who wish to attend this school.  At the present time, the statutory age for entering school is the beginning of the term following the child's fifth birthday.


Children may begin school one or two terms before their fifth birthday. New entrants begin in September.


Our standard number is 30 per class for years R-6. In the case of oversubscription, the following admissions criteria are used:


1. Children in the care of, or provided with accommodation by, a local authority (under Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) and children who were LAC and have ceased to be so following adoption.

2. Children living in the priority area who have a brother or sister at the school at the time of admission.

3. Health Reasons – medical, health social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010.  

4. Distance from the school as the crow flies.


Any parent whose child has been refused admission has the right to appeal against this decision.


After a place has been offered the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:


  • When a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time, or
  • When a parent has failed to notify the school of important change to the application information, or
  • The place was offered on the basis of fraudulent or intentionally misleading information from a parent.


When a place has been allocated for your child at Northdown, you will be contacted by the school so that arrangements can be made to introduce you and your child to the school. When this happens at the end of one school year in preparation for a September admission, there will be specific open days when new children are invited to attend.


Attendance at our Nursery does not guarantee admission to Northdown Primary School and a separate application must be made. Please click here for a link to our Admissions policy.


Kent County Council forward admissions booklets to all Infant and Primary schools in January of each year. This book outlines all necessary information regarding the admission procedures for parents requesting Reception places for September of the same year.

Applications are then invited on line at Parents/carers are advised to nominate three schools in preferential order. KCC will then endeavour to allocate a school of your choice. Parents are normally informed of their allocated school by Easter.

You will be invited to a meeting prior to your child starting school where you will meet your child’s teacher. At this meeting you will be able to ask any questions you may have and also receive information regarding the arrangements for your child’s start at school. The information we receive will be stored on the school computer for our record keeping. In order for us to keep all information about your child up to date please let us know of any changes which may take place, i.e. change of address, phone number, emergency contact etc.


Casual Admissions

Casual admissions are the responsibility of Northdown Primary School. Application forms can be obtained from the school office or directly from KentCountyCouncil


[Please click here for link to Admission form]



Admission Appeals Dates


If your child is due to start Primary, Infant or Junior School in 2019 you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools.

You can appeal between 16 April and 21 May 2019 to guarantee your appeal will be heard by 23 July 2019.

If the school application was made in the normal round of applications appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the appeal deadline.

If it was a late application, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days of the deadline where possible, or within 30 schools days of making the appeal.