07 December 2022
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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 'Primary determined admissions arrangements for community and voluntary controlled schools 2022-23 (kent.gov.uk)' and are further explained here below. Please also see the KCC Primary Admissions Booklet.

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
As the Local Authority manages our admissions process, they also manage all appeals. Please contact Admissions at KCC to find out about our school’s admission and appeal arrangements.

How do I get a Reception place at Claremont?
If your child was born between 1.9.2018 and 31.8.2019 they will be due to start school in September 2023. Please scroll down for information about our Open Morning.

Kent County Council (KCC) manage all primary admissions. KCC encourage parents to apply online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola. Online applications for 2023 intake open on 4 November 2022 and close on 16 January 2023. 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. National Offer Day is on 17th April 2023, emails are sent after 4.00pm. Acceptances and refusals must be made by (tbc) and offers from the waiting list are made on (tbc).

Claremont is usually 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.

Please see the Welcome to Claremont page for information for prospective parents.

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 go to https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/sch...for more information.

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 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. Please contact primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk for 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 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 and see the KCC website for information available via the link below. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further details on how the process and waiting lists work.

Visiting the School
If your child was born between 1.09.2018 and 31.8.2019, they will be due to start school in September 2023. Prospective parents for entry to Reception class are invited to attend an Open Morning on Wednesday 23rd November from 9.15am. BOOKINGS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THIS.
Below are the arrangements for the Open Morning. Please do not bring children or babies with you.

Please email jodi.stevens@claremont.kent.sch.uk to make a booking:
Please email with the following information:
  • Your child's date of birth
  • Your contact telephone number
  • whether you would like ONE or TWO people to attend
The format will be as follows:
  • Please arrive for 9.15am.
  • Entrance is via the Banner Farm Road gate. Please note there is no parking on site and parking restrictions in the local area.
  • There will be a short tour of the school in small groups with our current Year 6 children.
  • Refreshments will be available following the tours.
  • There will be a short presentation in the hall, followed by a Q&A session with an estimate of sibling numbers for 2023.
  • Finishing by 10.45am
There is also an Open Event on Monday 17th July 2023 from 3.30-5.30pm. The school is open to current parents to exhibit the work that the children have done this year and you can pop along and have a look around. No need to book.

In the meantime, please take a look at the Claremont Primary School - Prospective parents information page.

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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