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Admissions - School

Mrs Jo Sheldon is the school's Admissions Secretary.  She can be reached on 01892 520114 ext 204 or via email on:

School Tours - All Year Groups

We are always happy to show prospective parents around our school.  However, from September 2020 tours will only be given to parents where we actually have a place available and your child is at the top of our waiting list. Please do contact our Admissions Secretary to book a tour.

Reception Year - September 2021

The school will be organising tours in the Autumn Term 2020 for prospective parents who wish to consider Bishops Down for their child going into Reception Class 2021.  The dates are:

Wednesday, 4th November at 2.00pm

Thursday, 5th November at 9.30am

Wednesday, 11th November at 2.00pm

Thursday, 12th November at 9.30am

Coronavirus - we need to follow the guidelines given to us by the DfE and follow our own risk assessments to keep our school children and staff safe.  Therefore tours will not include the whole site and parents will not be shown classrooms or other areas used by children.  Social distancing needs to be adhered to and only 4 people will be on each tour.  Several tours, taking different routes, will be carried out at the same time.  The tours are for adults only and we ask that alternative arrangements are made for babies and toddlers.  We also ask that if possible only 1 parent attends a tour due to the smaller tour sizes and the popularity of the school. Please get in touch with the office staff on 01892 520114 to book your place.  KCC will open up their admissions process mid November 2020 until mid January 2021. 

Our Admissions Criteria

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 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 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 eligIble person on the list, the Admissions Secretary will make contact with you.  This is in accordance with KCC's Over Subscription Criteria as above.  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.

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

IYAF - In Year Admissions Form

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Mrs Jo Sheldon, Admissions Secretary, Bishops Down Primary school

01892 520114 or email on







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