28 September 2020
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Admissions

Claremont is a Community 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 2020".
http://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/76535/parents-guide-for-primary-school-applications.pdf
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?

If your child was born between 1.9.2016 and 31.8.2017 they will be due to start school in September 2021.

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 2020' 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 2021 intake open on 5 November 2020 and close on 15 January 2021. 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 (summer born children).

Advice from KCC is that 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 the KCC Admission to Primary School Booklet (p.21) or go to https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/sch...for more information.

For parents seeking to defer entry to primary or infant school for their summer born children, a new admissions form has been created. This form sits alongside the Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) which is used to apply for a school place for September entry each year. The form is available as follows: https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/001...

Parents who wish for their child to be admitted out of expected year group require a letter of agreement from the school detailing their consent to the request. They must then complete the new Summer Born admission form and return it to KCC Admissions along with the letter(s) of consent from the school(s) they have named. The form should be completed when admissions are open for the year group they wish to apply to. Parents who have deferred the entry of their summer born child are unable to apply using the KCC online system.

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 accompanied by the Summer Born admissions form.
  • 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.

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. We run waiting lists for all year groups. You will be ranked according to the oversubscription criteria detailed at the top of this page.

If you wish to apply for a school place, please complete and return an In Year Application Form available via the link below. Please see our Frequently Asked Questionsfor further details on how the process and waiting lists work.

https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/sch...

When can I visit the school?

If your child was born between 1.9.2016 and 31.8.2017 they will be due to start school in September 2021. Unfortunately our normal Open Morning for Prospective parents for entry to Reception will not be taking place this year, due to COVID restrictions.

Information for prospective parents will be published on this website in due course. Details to follow.

If your child is an In Year admission, we are, unfortunately, unable to offer visits to everyone who requests one as we are oversubscribed and take so many enquiries and applications. A visit would be arranged if you are offered a place. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions if you would like further clarification on visiting the school.

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