Admissions

School

The number of registered pupils at the school is currently 391 (as of September 2018), excluding nursery children. The school provides education for children between 4 and 11 years old, educational year groups Reception to Year 6 inclusive.

The published admission number for the school is 60; therefore up to 60 children will be offered places for admission to Reception classes in any academic year.

Children are admitted to the Reception class in the school year in which they have their fifth birthday. All Reception year children are admitted in September, at the start of the Reception year.

Applications for admission are welcome from all parents who may wish their children to be considered for a place at the school. Applications can be made online at: www.kent.gov.uk/ola

Where the number of applications for admission exceeds the number of places available, all applications will be considered in accordance with the over-subscription criteria in the following prioritization order:

  1. LAC: Children in Local Authority Care.
  2. Current family association.
  3. Bridge Residents by distance.
  4. Anyone else by distance of the child’s home to school.

In Year Admission:

To apply for a place for any year group during any academic year please download the In Year Admission Form from KCC and bring it along to school with proof of age and address of the child.

The application will be processed and you will get a letter advising you if a place is available or not. You will need to reply to accept or be added to the waiting list. If we do not receive the slip back your child’s name will not be added to the waiting list.

Waiting lists are long and accumulated by year group and sorted using the same criteria listed above. There’s no requirment to call to move the child up a year as we do that automatically. We will only contact you should a place become available and you are at the highest point on that list.


Nursery

The published admission number for Nursery is 52 (26 AM and 26 PM session). We only offer 15 hours which will form part of your Universal Free Entitlement – 3 hours a day 5 times a week (Monday-Friday).

Nursery Sessions

  • AM: 8.45-11.45am
  • PM: 12.30-3.30pm

If you are entitled to 30 hours Extended Entitlement then you can claim the additional 15 hours at another setting, but you must ensure that the other setting is aware of any hours you are claiming at our Nursery.

If you do gain a place for your child at our Nursery it does not guarantee a transfer to our school. A separate application via Kent County Council is needed to get a place at school.

Applying to Nursery is by submitting an admission form (copies at main reception) along with the detailed birth certificate and a proof of address. This is better done after the second birthday but before the third birthday. Bringing the forms earlier does not give you any priority.

Parents will not hear anything from DBCPS until it is approaching the intake period for that age group. Usually, our nursery gets filled for September and no further children accepted for the January or the April intake.

Our criteria to nursery are the same for our school and they are as follows:

  1. LAC: Children in Local Authority Care.
  2. Current family association.
  3. Bridge Residents by distance.
  4. Anyone else by distance of the child’s home to school.

Appeals

You have the right to appeal for a school place (but not for a nursery place). This is done by applying directly to Kent County Council.


Frequently Asked Questions – Admissions

Q. How can I get a place for my child in any year group (Reception – Year 6) in your school?
A. Please see these links for more information: Kent County Council Primary Admission and School Admissions Criteria.

Q. If my child is going to start Reception Class next year, and I would like to view your school before I make my choices, how do I make an appointment?
A. Open school tours for new parents wishing to view our school before registering for September Reception places:

SCHOOL TOURS

School tours take place in October and November, please refer to our SCHOOL CALENDAR for dates.

Q. Do I need an appointment?
A. No, just come along for 9.30am on any Wednesday that is scheduled in the calendar. Report to Main Reception at the campus to sign in and a member of the school staff will show you around with other parents.

Q. Are there any other supplementary forms to fill in?
A. No.

Q. If I had a tour does that guarantee me a place or give me an advantage over someone that names your school on their form and have not visited themselves?
A. No

Nursery Admissions

Q: When should I apply for a nursery place for my child?
A: After the child’s 2nd birthday.

Q: How do I apply to your nursery?
A: You will need to come along to school the term before your child is 3 to fill in a Nursery Admission Form at main reception and bring the child’s birth certificate. We can not post forms but you can download one here.

Q: Is it better to apply as soon as I have my baby?
A: No, it does not give you any advantage.

Q: If I file my application earlier, am I guaranteed a place?
A: No. There is no difference or benefit from applying earlier. The criteria for nursery is the child’s age so if we are full in September and your child reaches 3 in October even if you have your application on file when the baby is 1 day old it will make no difference.

Q: If I get a place offered at the nursery would that guarantee a place in reception?
A: No. Nursery admission is separate from the main school and has different criteria.

Q: When will I hear from you if I have or have not got a place for my child at your nursery?
A: Applications are gathered and looked at/near a point of admission round (Sept, January and April) so you will not hear anything from us until a couple of weeks prior to those dates as your application will stay on file until your child reach/near his/her third birthday.

Q: If I have a sibling at your school does that guarantee me a place at your nursery for my child?
A: No. Admission criteria for the nursery is based on the child’s age so if we are full in September, and have no places to offer in Autumn (or other terms), even having a sibling does not guarantee a place.

Q: If my child attends your nursery would he/she automatically move on to Reception class?
A: No.  You need to apply again via Kent County Council Primary Admission.

Q: What is your admission criteria for the nursery?
A: 1: Children in Local Authority Care. 2: Current family association 3: Bridge Residents 4: Distance of the child’s home to school.

Q: Is your nursery able to take children full time (9am-4pm)?
No. Our nursery only offers 2 sessions a day AM (8.45am-11.45am) and PM (12.30pm-3.30pm), school term time only. Children are admitted to either AM or PM depending on vacancies available.

Q: Do I have to have my child at your nursery to guarantee a place at Reception?
No. As there is no link between the two phases. Reception places are offered via Kent County Council on a separate admission criteria. So if your child is settled at another nursery there is no need to rush and change nurseries.

Q: What are the points of admission throughout the year?
A: There are 3 points of admission for Nursery throughout the year (September, January and April). Children will be able to take up their Free Entitlement from the beginning of the term after their 3rd birthday, if we have places.

If your child’s 3rd birthday is:
Before or on the 31st August they can start nursery in September
Between 1st September – 31st December they can start nursery in January
Between 1st Jan – 14th April they can start nursery in April
Between 15th April – 31st August they can start nursery from 1st September (the following academic year)

Admissions Outcome