Welcome to the Horton Kirby Primary School admissions information page.


Admissions Criteria 2019/2020


45 pupils will be admitted in the school year of their 5th birthday, without reference to aptitude or ability. 


Admission to the reception classes occurs at the beginning of the Autumn term.  Applications for admissions must be made on the Common Application Form provided by KCC and returned by the date set.  Places are offered within the recognition that Horton Kirby is a Church of England school and all successful applicants acknowledge the Christian ethos of the school.


Where places for admissions exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied, in the order set out below, to decide which children to admit.  Before the application of oversubscription criteria children with a statement of special educational need or education (SSEN), Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be admitted.  As a result of this, the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly.


  1. Children in Local Authority care. This means a child under the age of 18 years for whom the Local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act.  This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by a local authority became the subject of an adoption, residence or special guardianship order.  (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989).
  2. Children who have a brother or sister attending the school at the time of entry.  In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters.  The sibling link is maintained as long as the family live at the same address as when the first child applied, or has moved closer to the school than when the first child was offered a place, or has moved to an address that is less than 2 miles from the school using the distance measured by the method outlined in the distance/nearness of children’s home to school criterion.
  3. Children who reside in the ecclesiastical parish boundary of Horton Kirby (see map).  Proximity of child’s home being accorded highest priority as defined in 4.
  4. Nearness of children’s homes to school – we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, using data provided by Kent County Council’s measuring software which uses address point data provided by Ordnance Survey and is updated annually. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.


Out of year applications;


Requests for admission outside of the normal age group should be made to the Headteacher of each preferred school as early as possible in the admissions 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. Parents are not expected to provide evidence to support their request to defer their application, however where provided it must be specific to the child in question. This might include medical or Educational Psychologist reports. There is no legal requirement for this medical or educational evidence to be secured from an appropriate professional, however, failure to provide this may impede a school’s ability to agree to deferral. Parents are required to complete an application for the normal point of entry at the same time, in case their request is declined. This application can be cancelled if the school agrees to accept a deferred application for entry into Year R the following year. Deferred applications must be made via paper CAF to the LA, with written confirmation from each named school attached. Deferred applications will be processed in the same way as all applications for the cohort in the following admissions round, and offers will be made in accordance with each school’s oversubscription criteria.


*A child’s home address is considered to be a residential property that is the child’s only or main residence (not an address at which the child may sometimes stay or sleep) and which is either owned by the child’s parent, parents or guardian or leased or rented to them under a lease or written rental agreement. Where partners live apart but share responsibility for the child and the child lives at two different addresses during the week, we will regard the home address as the one at which the child sleeps for the majority of week days.


Although parents may wish to defer their child’s place, or make it a part-time, until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age, we do have the facilities to admit these children at the beginning of the Autumn term.


After a place has been offered the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:


            1          when a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time; or

            2          when a parent has failed to notify the school of important changes to the

                        application information; or

            3          the admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or

                        intentionally misleading application from a parent.


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’.  The waiting list for entry to the school will be re-ranked, in line with the published oversubscription criteria, every time a child is added to the list.


Admissions Policy