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: email@example.com
Prospective Parent Tours for Admission to Reception Class - September 2023
We have the following tours available for parents wishing to consider Bishops Down for admission into Reception Class, September 2023:-
- Wednesday, 9th November at 9.30am
- Wednesday, 9th November at 2.00pm
- Thursday, 17th November at 9.30am
- Thursday, 17th November at 2.00pm
Our tours will start with a look around our school, led by our amazing year 6 children; you will then meet key personnel who will talk about the ethos and vision of the school and give help and advice re the admission process. Tours should not last longer than 1 hour.
The tours are for adults only and we respectfully ask that you try and find alternative childcare for any toddlers or babies. Unfortunately, there is no parking on site and, if driving, you should park on Rydal Drive or Coniston Avenue and walk up to the school office where you will be greeted.
Please book yourself on one of the tours above by either phoning the school office on 01892 520114 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please leave your mobile number so we can contact you quickly on the day should we have to cancel for an unforeseen circumstance).
KCC will open their online application service from Friday, 4th November to Friday, 6th January 2023. The link is: https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places
School Tours - All Year Groups for In Year Admissions
We are always happy to show parents around our school. If you are moving into the area or wish to move school please make contact. You can also watch our video on the home page which will give you a feel of the buildings and classrooms plus our wonderful outside space if you are unable to visit or live far away.
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.
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. (In Year 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 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 you are the next eligIble person on the 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 email@example.com