We welcome prospective parents and pupils to visit us although visits may be limited during the current time. Please ring the school to make a date and time to be shown around the school and to discuss any additional needs your child may have. Please take a look at our Headteachers welcome message on our home page where you can also take a virtual tour of the school.

Admissions

 

Children are admitted to the school in accordance with the County Admissions Policy. There are two types of applications for primary school, Common Application Forms (CAF), for children due to start school in reception the following September, and In Year Application Forms (IYAF) for any children who are already in school.

 

Primary Admissions - Starting Reception in September (CAF)

In November the Local Education Authority opens applications for a place at primary schools in reception for the following year. Application are made online and parents/carers are required to list 3 schools in preferential order. Please click here to access their website. Paper copies of the Common Application Forms (CAFs) are available from the school and must be sent to LEA by the required deadline. The LEA will then allocate places using their published criteria.

Should we be over subscribed the following criteria apply:

  • Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1)of the Children Act 1989). 
  • Current Family Association - a brother or sister in the same school at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted – or – if they have moved – live within 2 miles of the school, or have moved to a property that is nearer to the school than the previous property as defined by the ‘Nearness’ criterion’ (below). 
    In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters. 
  • Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they
    have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical
    or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be
    supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school. 
  • Nearness of children's homes to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

Parents will be informed about their child’s place in April.

In line with Kent County Council guidelines, reception aged children usually start school in term 1. They follow a part time induction programme which ensures they attend school for the required hours per week and this allows them to become accustomed to life at school. They start full time education after a few weeks.

Parents can contact the local authority to find out about our admissions arrangements, how to apply and details on how to appeal a decision using the link at the bottom of this page.

 

All other Admissions - In Year Admissions(IYAF)

If you are considering a place for your child at Eastry Church of England Primary School we would welcome you to visit the school. During your visit you will have an opportunity to meet our headteacher, have a tour of the school and ask any questions you may have. Please contact the school on 01304 611360 or email info@eastry.kent.sch.uk to arrange a visit, request an application form or if you have any further questions. 

Applications for in year admissions are made by completing an In Year Admissions Form (IYAF) which are held at the school. The school will let you know the outcome of your application within 5 days although a decision is usually given much sooner than this. If we are unable to offer a place to your child because their year group is full you may request to be added to the schools waiting list. Waiting lists are prioritised according to the following:

  • Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a 'looked after child' or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, child arrangements, or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1)of the Children Act 1989). 
  • Current Family Association - a brother or sister in the same school at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted – or – if they have moved – live within 2 miles of the school, or have moved to a property that is nearer to the school than the previous property as defined by the ‘Nearness’ criterion’ (below). 
    In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters. 
  • Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they
    have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical
    or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be
    supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school. 
  • Nearness of children's homes to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

If you are not offered a place and would like further information about the appeals process, or would like to lodge an appeal, please click here.

 

Click here for further information about our admissions procedures.