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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:

School Tours - All Year Groups for In Year Admissions

We are always happy to show parents around our school.  Since September 2020 tours were suspended due to the rise of the Covid-19 infection rate; however, we are now back giving tours, mostly site only, and viewing classrooms from outside which is possible at 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 afar.

Reception Year - September 2021

This year group is full.  You can apply using the IYAF below and join our waiting list.

Reception Year - September 2022

Applications via Kent County Council will open from 15th November, 2021 through to 15th January 2022. 

We shall be holding the following open sessions for prospective parents who would like to consider Bishops Down for a Reception place in September 2022:-

  • Thursday, 7th October at 9.30am 

  • Thursday, 14th October at 9.30am

  • Thursday, 11th November at 2.00pm - Full

  • Thursday, 18th November at 9.30am - new date

There are limited spaces on each of the above and they are for adults only, please kindly make alternative arrangements for any babies or toddlers.  Only 2 adults per household. You will receive a tour of the school (not nursery) and then attend a meeting with the Headteacher, Clare Owen, and the Admissions Secretary, Jo Sheldon,  who will talk you through the admissions process and  answer any questions you may have about our school.  Please telephone the school office on 01892 520114 to book onto one of the above tours. Please provide staff with your mobile number so we can contact you.  Should the Covid guidance from the DfE change between now and the dates above the school will have to alter their arrangements. Please park on Rydal Drive or Coniston Avenue and walk to the school - our car park is for staff only.  Also, please can you bring a face mask with you and do not attend if you feel unwell.  We all look forward to meeting you and showing you our lovely 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 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

IYAF - In Year Admissions Form

Click below for KCCss Admissions Page:-


Mrs Jo Sheldon, Office Manager, Bishops Down Primary school

01892 520114 or email on








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