Our open mornings for Admissions in September 2025 are now available. Visit us on Tuesday 12th November or Thursday 14th November from 09:30- 11:00. Call or email the office to book your visit.


Admissions to Apply for a Reception Place for the Academic Year 2025-2026

To apply for a place at Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School, please apply here.

Admissions Timetable

Key ActionDate
Application for Primary Intake opens onlineTuesday 5 November 2024
Open DaysTuesday 12 November 2024
Thursday 14 November 2024
National closing date for applications

Deadline date for the return of Supplementary Information Forms.
Wednesday 15 January 2025
National Offer Day: emails sent after 4pm.Wednesday 16 April 2025 (by 4pm)
Deadline date for late applications and waiting lists to be included in Kent County Council’s reallocation stage.

Also, the date by which places should be accepted or declined to schools
Wednesday 30 April 2025
Deadline for lodging appealsTuesday 20 May 2025

When appealing in-year admissions, the deadline for hearing the appeal is within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Admissions Documents (2025-2026)

Admissions Policy
Admissions Criteria
Advice for Summer Born Children


If your child is due to start secondary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Wednesday 16 April 2025).

You need to submit your appeal before Tuesday 20 May 2025, for it to be considered by Thursday 22 May 2025. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school-days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible, in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible, in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

For more information on the appeals process, please download the FAQs below or visit: KCC – Appeal a School Offer

If you would like to lodge an appeal for a child starting Reception in September 2024, please visit: KCC Primary Appeals.

Appeals Documents

In-Year Admissions

If you are considering transferring your child to our school, please contact Primary Admissions for information on availability and waiting lists using the contact details below.

To apply for a place outside of the September Admissions process you will need to complete an In-Year Application Form. This form will need to be completed and returned directly to the office (which can be downloaded from the link below). Please note if your child is offered a place at Horton Kirby, you will be required to provide your child’s birth certificate and proof of address (two for you and one for your child).

Late applications/Waiting lists/Multiple births: Procedures and arrangements for administering these issues will be in accordance with those detailed in the KCC’s booklet ‘Admission to Primary Schools in Kent’.

In-Year Appeals

If you have not been offered a place following an in-year application, the law entitles you to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. In accordance with the 2022 School Admission Appeals Code Appeals, the admission authority and appeal panels have elected for all admissions appeals to be held online.

If you wish to appeal, please use the links below to complete your appeal online.

Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is highly recommended that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form. If your appeal is for years Reception, year 1 or year 2, you are strongly advised to read the section on Key Stage 1 appeals on page 18.

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST state the grounds of your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you give the grounds of your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.

Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months.  If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs using a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.

If you wish to contact the clerk – email:  clerk@educationappeals.com

The timetable for ‘in-year’ appeals
Last day for lodging appeal forms20 School days after the decision letter informing you that you had not been offered a place.
Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal PanelAt least 10 school days before the hearing. This MAY be emailed.

All in year appeal will be heard within 20 school days of the appeal form being lodged.
Closing date for any additional supporting evidenceFIVE working days before your hearing. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please email to clerk@educationappeals.com

Please note that slightly different rules will apply for any summer transfer appeals into Reception.
Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panelDue to the high number of appeals, an e mail is sent a few working days after your hearing with the decision of the panel. This is followed up around 10 working days later with a letter outlining the panels reasons.

Contact Information

Horton Kirby Church of England Primary School

Sally Tall, Office Manager
Tel: 01322 863 278
Email: office@hortonkirby.kent.sch.uk  

Kent County Council Admissions Information and Contacts

Tel: 03000 416 111
Email: primaryadmissions@kent.gov.uk

For information regarding our oversubscription criteria, please refer to the Admissions Policy.

Take a look at the virtual open day video we made for our September 2021 intake to get a feel of our school and what we do here before your visit.