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School Admissions

School Tours
We are always happy to show prospective parents around our school - in fact we very much encourage it.   During term 1 of each year we hold a series of Open Sessions for parents interested in the following years Reception Class and Nursery provision to visit for a tour and a talk by the Headteacher.   For in year admissions please do contact our Admissions Secretary to book a tour.

In Year Admissions
If you are interested in a place at our school in one of our current academic years please do phone our Admissions Secretary to enquire if there is space and to make an appointment to tour the school.  If you are interested in the place available or if you wish to join a waiting list for that year group you will be asked to complete an IYCAF. (In Year Casual Admission Form - the form is at the bottom of this page).  Should there be a space in the year group you are interested in and accept the place offered our Admissions Secretary will assist you with the paperwork needed and ensure that a smooth transition is obtained.

Where there is no space available you will be asked if you would like to join a waiting list for that year group.  If a place becomes available, and you are the next eligable person on the list, the Amissions Secretary will make contact with you.

Kent County Council, our Local Authority, is the school's Admissions Authority and parents are always advised to contact Kent to find out about the admission arrangements for our school.  Their telephone number is:  03000 412121

IYCAF - In Year Casual Admissions Form

Entry to Reception Year 2017-2018
Applications for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2017 open on 7th November 2016 and close on 16 January 2017.

Kent County Council's website and link to the correct page for applications is:

You can apply for up to 3 schools, putting them in order of preference. It's in your best interest to list 3 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.

For advice please call Primary Admissions at KCC on  03000 412121 or you can email them on

In September 2017 the Pupil Admission Number (PAN) for Bishops Down Primary will be 30.

KCC oversubscription Criteria for Community and Voluntary Controlled Infant Junior and Primary Schools is:

·         Children in Local Authority Care

·         Attendance at a linked school (this does not apply to Bishops Down Primary)

·         Current Family Association (siblings)

·         Health and Special Access Reasons

·         Nearness of children's homes to school




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