19 September 2017
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Admissions

Claremont is a Commmunity Primary School and as such our Admissions Policy is determined by our Local Authority, Kent County Council. These are set out in the County Council’s booklet "Admission to Primary School 2018" (this is still currently the 2017 version) http://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019...
and are further explained here below.

In the first instance admission to the school is determined by parental preference, provided there are places available. If more parents express a preference for the school than the published standard number of 60 places for new admissions, these places will be allocated by the County Council in accordance with the following criteria, which are in order of priority:

  • Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care
  • Attendance at a linked infant school (not applicable to Claremont)
  • Current family association (sibling)
  • Health, Social and Special Access reasons
  • Nearness of children’s homes to schools

How do I get a Reception place at Claremont?

Kent County Council (KCC) manage all primary admissions. Due to funding cuts, KCC no longer produce a copy of the aforementioned information booklet, 'Admission to Primary School 2018' for every child but you can contact the Primary Admission Team for a copy. Please click on the following link for the details of the admissions criteria and process for community schools:
http://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019...

KCC encourage parents to apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. Online applications for 2018 open on 6 November 2017 and close on 15 January 2018. Parents are encouraged to express three preferences for a school place. If you require a paper application, please contact KCC on 03000 416111. Our DCSF number for your application is 886 2465.

Claremont is frequently oversubscribed. Although our Published Admission Number is 60, places available for our new intake of Reception children, children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care, current family associations (a brother or sister in the school at the time of entry), or children with health, social or special access reasons have priority. This means that we don’t always have many places left to offer. The places remaining are offered according to the distance from your home to the school. The measurements are taken 'as the crow flies' using Kent County Council's measuring software. The nearer you live, the better your chances, although no address can guarantee you a place. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

Although we are in contact with several local nurseries there is no preference given to any single nursery as a feeder for Claremont.

Admission outside the normal point of entry.

Parents may seek a place for their child outside of their normal age group. In addition parents of summer born children (1st April to 31st August) may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may choose to request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to Reception year rather than Year 1. Please see page 26 of the KCC Admission to Primary School Booklet for more information.

Requests for admission to Reception year outside of the normal age group should be made in accordance with the following procedure:

  • Requests should be made to the Headteacher of the preferred school as early as possible in the admission round associated with that child’s date of birth. This will allow the school and admissions authority sufficient time to make a decision before the closing date.
  • The school will consider that request taking into account any evidence provided to support the request. Parents are not expected to provide evidence to support their application, however, where it is provided it must be specific to the child in question. There is no legal requirement for medical or professional evidence to be secured from an appropriate professional however, failure to provide this may impede a school's ability to agree to a deferral. A decision will be made on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned and include the views of the Headteacher. The reasons for the decision made will be clearly set out.
  • Parents are required to complete an application for the normal point of entry at the same time, in case their request is declined. The application can be cancelled if the school agrees to accept a deferred entry into Year R the following year.
  • Deferred applications must be made by paper Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) to the LA with written confirmation from each named school.
  • It is important to note that deferred applications will be processed in the same way as all applications for the cohort in the following admissions round in accordance with the school’s oversubscription criteria.

When can I visit the school?

If your child was born between 1.9.2013 and 31.8.2014 they will be due to start school in September 2018. Prospective parents for entry to Reception class are invited to attend an Open Morning in the Autumn term prior to applications opening. This year's date is Tuesday 21st November. The Open Morning comprises of a tour of the school at 9.15am followed by a short presentation in the school hall at 9.45am.

Numbers are limited so if you would like to attend please contact Mrs Stevens: jodi.stevens@claremont.kent.sch.uk
Bookings can only be made via email. Please could you indicate your child's date of birth and a contact telephone number.
Please note there is NO parking on site and limited parking in the local vicinity.

If you miss this event, we also hold an Open Evening. This is usually mid-July from 4.00-6.00pm. Next year's will be on Wednesday 4th July 2018. This is an informal evening and you are free to come along and look round the school. Classrooms are open and children's work is on display.

You are welcome to bring your children to the Open Evening but we prefer it if you didn't bring them to the Open Morning.

As we are so oversubscribed and take so many applications for In Year admissions we are unable to offer visits to everyone who requests one. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page if you would like further clarification on visiting the school.

In Year Admissions

Admissions in other year groups (In Year Admissions) are made directly to Claremont School. Be mindful that we are oversubscribed and do not usually have places available. If you wish to apply for a school place, please complete and return an In Year Casual Application Form available via the link below. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further details on how the process works.

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/move-to-a-different-school

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