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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 are suspended due to the rise of the Covid-19 infection rate.  We have to put the health of our staff and pupils first in order for the school to stay open.  Please watch our video on the home page which will give you a feel of the buildings and classrooms plus our wonderful outside space.   Feel free to phone the Admissions Secretary (above) if you have any questions and whether you should complete an IYAF.

Reception Year - September 2021

Unfortunately, the school has made the difficult decision to cancel the planned site tours for Reception 2021 prospective parents due to the reasons explained above. If you booked on one of the tours the school will be in contact with you. The dates cancelled are:

Wednesday, 4th November at 2.00pm - cancelled                                                                          Thursday, 5th November at 9.30am - cancelled                                                                           Wednesday, 11th November at 2.00pm - cancelled                                                                         Thursday, 12th November at 9.30am - cancelled

We will now be conducting a series of Zoom meetings in November so parents can hear from key personnel.  The Headteacher, Mrs Owen, will address the school's vision, values, broader curriculum, interventions and what makes Bishops Down special;  Mrs Gale, Reception Class Teacher, will talk to you about the Early Years Curriculum, Reception class set up and class environment; Mrs Woods, SENDCo, will talk about our inclusivity and our belief that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs and/or a disability, have a common entitlement to a broad, balanced academic and social curriculum; Mrs Sheldon, Admissions Secretary, will go through the admissions process with KCC, talk about Bishops Down's criteria and give you key dates and data to help you make your primary school selections.

The Zoom meetings will be on:

Wednesday, 4th November at 4.00pm                                                    

Wednesday, 11th November at 7.30pm

If you would like to be invited to either of the above virtual meetings please make contact with Mrs Jo Sheldon on the above email to request an invitation.

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.

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

Click below for KCCss Admissions Page:-


Mrs Jo Sheldon, Admissions Secretary, Bishops Down Primary school

01892 520114 or email on







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