The Local Authority (LA) is responsible for the control of admissions to the school and this will be coordinated by them using a common application form and timetable.

By law, children have to start school by the beginning of the school term after their fifth birthday (this is when they reach compulsory school age). The local authority’s policy is to encourage schools to admit four year olds so that as many children as possible will have at least eight terms in Key Stage 1. The decision on whether or not to admit four year olds is made and reviewed annually by the Head of School and in consultation with the Governors.

The number of places available is determined by the physical capacity of the school and is called the ‘Agreed Admissions number’. Our published admissions number is 30. The LEA, in consultation with the Executive Head and Head of School, may set a higher figure for a particular year group. The law gives parents the right to state a preference for any school, but not automatic choice. If your preference is St John’s School, a place will be offered if there are vacancies. In 2019 / 2020  if the school is over-subscribed, the following criteria will be taken into account in the order listed below:

  • Children in the care of Kent County Council.
  • Current Family Association (sibling link)
  • Health and Special Access Reasons
  • Nearness of children’s homes and ease of access to schools ‘using the distance between the child’s permanent address and the school, measured in a straight line using ordnance survey address point data.

How old your child should be when they start school

Most children begin primary school at the start of the school year in which they reach school age (5 years old). All schools must admit children from the September following their 4th birthday.

A school year runs from September to the following August.

Starting school in September 2020

Applications for transfer to primary school for September 2020 open on Tuesday 5 November 2019 and close at midnight on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

You can apply for up to 3 schools, putting them in order of preference. It’s in your best interests to list 3 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.  They can only be INFANT or PRIMARY schools.  KCC cannot process applications for INDEPENDENT or SPECIAL schools.  (If you wish to apply for those schools you will need to approach them directly.)

You can find out more about schools you are interested in before including them in your application via KCC’s website or from KCC’s Guide to Primary School Applications parents-guide-for-primary-school-applications

You can apply online or by post.   If you need advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email

Applications will close on 15 January 2020 for children due to start primary and junior school in September 2020. If you miss the deadline please email  KCC process applications between 15 January and 16 April 2020.

If you apply online KCC will email you on 16 April 2020 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered.

You can also log in from 5pm on 16 April 2020 to view your offer parent-portal-login

If you apply by post KCC will send your offer by first class post on 16 April 2020.  Royal Mail no longer guarantees next day delivery on first class post. Please wait 3 working days for your letter to arrive before contacting them.

When making an offer, KCC will ensure that:-

  • A place will be offered at the highest available ranked preference your child is eligible for, or
  • If a place cannot be offered at any school name on your application, a place will be offered at an alternative school

If your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs the KCC website has further information on how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2020

Only one application per pupil will be accepted.  If you apply online, do not complete a paper application as well. 

Open Morning
We will also be hosting one more open morning for parents of children due to start school in September 2020 for a school tour and Q & A session with the Head and Reception teacher.

Please register at Eventbrite:-
Friday 29 November 2019

Applying for an In Year admission

If your child is already at school and you wish to apply for a school place outside the year of entry (for example, a year 1 or 2 place) please refer to KCC’s In Year Application page for information. Alternatively, download and complete the In Year Common Application Form (IYAF) here and return to the Office Manager, St John’s CEP School, Bayham Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3XD or email a copy to