If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below.
September 2023 Admissions
If your child was born between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019, he/she will be due to start school in September 2023.
Applications for children due to start Primary School in September 2023 open on 4th November 2022 and close on 16th January 2023.
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.
To apply for a place at a Primary School for your child for September 2023 you will need to complete a special form called a Common Application Form (RCAF form for short).
You can apply for your child's school place online at www.kent.gov.uk/primaryadmissions. If you apply online you will be emailed on 17th April 2023 after 4pm with the offer of a place.
If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2023 you can appeal between 17th April and 12th May 2023 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 31st July 2023. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.
1. You will need to be very clear about which school you want as your first preference.
2. You should complete only one Common Application Form per child.
3. You will need to fill in the forms online by 16th January 2023.
Only parents who apply online can receive their offer of notification via email, parents who apply on paper will need to wait for their formal letter.
You will then need to inform the school in writing as to whether you will accept the place or not. At this point, if your child is offered a place at Aldington Primary School, you will need to come into the School with proof of the address of the only or main residence of your child. This will need to be in the form of the following documents:
a child tax and working tax credit letter (TC602),
the child's medical card or a letter from a medical centre, hospital or GP to confirm the child's residence,
a letter from the child's nursery or playgroup or
a bank statement of a savings account in the child's name AND a utility bill OR a bank or credit card statement.
These documents should not be more than three months old and preferably should show that the child was resident at the address at the time of the closing date of 16th January 2023.
We will need to see these documents for every child being admitted (even those who have siblings at the school already). If you are unable to provide the above documents, to prove your child's only or main residence, the local Authority has the right to take your child's place away.
If you have any queries about the Admissions process, please ring the School. You can also contact the Kent Admissions Team on 01622 696565 or visit their website:
Aldington Admission Appeals
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2023, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Monday ).
You must submit your appeal before for it to be considered by . 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.
Your appeals clerk will contact you directly to let you know when your appeal will be heard.
You must write to the school directly care of Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel using the appeal by post form (PDF, 29.2 KB).
The hearing lets you explain to an independent appeal panel why you think your child should be given a place at the school and lets the school explain why it could not offer your child a place.
Due to the current social distancing coronavirus restrictions, the appeals process will require adjustments which will vary from school to school. The panel clerk will contact those who have appealed directly to inform them how the appeal will be heard.
You will be informed of the date of your appeal at least 14 calendar days before it is heard and a complete copy of the appeals paperwork will be sent to you at least 7 calendar days before the hearing.
There is a legal maximum class size for reception, year 1 and year 2. This is 30 children per teacher. Your appeal can be turned down if all the classes have already reached their legal limit, unless:
We will write to tell you the panel's decision as soon as possible. We cannot tell you the decision by telephone.
If your appeal is unsuccessful, you can't lodge another appeal to the same school for the same school year, unless you can show your circumstances have changed since the first appeal.