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Admissions - School

Mrs Jo Sheldon is the school's Admissions Officer and Office Manager.  She can be reached on 01892 520114 or via email on:


Reception Class 2024 - Appeals process

Information below from Kent County Council Appeals Department:-

If your child is due to start Primary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Tuesday, 16 April 2024). You need to submit your appeal before Tuesday 14 May 2024 for it to be considered by Tuesday 16th July 2024. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education


Prospective Parent Tours for Admission to Reception Class - September 2024


We have now held our Prospective Parent tours for Reception class 2024.  These were held at the beginning of November.  However, please do get in touch with the Admissions Officer for a private 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 Officer to enquire if there is space and perhaps book a tour.

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 IYAF.    Should there be a space in the year group you are interested in and accept the place offered our Admissions Officer 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 your child is the the most eligible on the waiting list, the Admissions Officer will make contact with you.  This is in accordance with KCC's Over Subscription Criteria as below.  Please note that in the case of two children with siblings on the waiting list the most eligIble will be the one living closest regardless of how long you have been on the list.

Our Admissions Criteria

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

·         Children in Local Authority Care (see * below)

·         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

* Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children:

  • 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) at the time of making an application to a school.

  •  A previously looked after child means such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after and those children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

  •  A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

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

Click below for KCCss Admissions Page:-


Mrs Jo Sheldon, Office Manager, Bishops Down Primary school

01892 520114 or email on








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