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

Prospective Parent Tours for Admission to Reception Class - September 2024


We welcome parents, considering Bishops Down for their child to attend Reception Class 2024, to attend one of our tours and presentations this Autumn.  You will receive a tour of the school, a presentation from the Leadership Team and information about the admissions process from our Admissions Officer.


We are offering 4 tours and ask that you please contact the school to register for one of the dates below.  Space is limited therefore please only 2 adults per child.  The tours are for adults only and, where possible, we ask that childcare is arranged for any toddlers or babies.  The tours and presentation will take approximately 1 hour.  Parking will need to be on adjoining streets as our car park will not have sufficient space during this time.


Wednesday, 8th November at 9.30am

Wednesday, 8th November at 2.00pm


Thursday, 16th November at 9.30am

Thursday, 16th November at 2.00pm


Please either email: with your preference or phone the school office on 01892 520114.  If emailing please include:  your name, how many attending (2 max), date and time, and include your mobile number.


We look forward to seeing you and showing you around our lovely school.


KCC's online application service will open this November. The link is:


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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