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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.   Please do contact our Admissions Secretary to book a tour.

We shall be holding the following open sessions for prospective parents who would like to consider Bishops Down for a Reception place in September 2018:-

  • Wednesday, 11th October 9.30am to 10.30am
  • Wednesday, 18th October 2.00pm to 3.00pm
  • Thursday, 19th October 9.30am to 10.30am

There are limited spaces on each of the above and they are for adults only, please kindly make alternative arrangements for any babies or toddlers.   The headteacher, Clare Owen, and the Admissions Secretary, Jo Sheldon,  will talk you through the admissions process and  answer any questions relating to previous year's admissions at Bishops Down.   Please telephone the school office on 01892 520114 to book onto one of the above sessions.

Entry to Reception Year - September 2018
Applications with Kent County Council for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2018 open on 6th November 2017 and close on 15 January 2018

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 2018 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

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



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