Our current admissions policy can also be viewed via the KCC admissions website. Admissions Policies for 2023/24 can be read as above.
Prospective parents are advised to read this section very carefully as the school is heavily oversubscribed and the Governing Body regrets that it is often unable to offer places to all applicants.
We aim to create a Christian environment in which each child is valued and special and in which respect for the rights and needs of others is nurtured.
The school serves principally the Town Centre area of Folkestone, but because of changes in legislation, which rightly give parents a wider choice and because of our voluntary aided status, St Eanswythe’s admit children from a wider geographical area.
By law children are required to attend school from the beginning of the term following their fifth birthday but in order to provide a full year of the foundation curriculum, we are able to offer places for children during the academic year following their fourth birthday. All children in this age group are offered full time schooling . Children start in the September about a week after other year groups.
The Directors are unable to offer more than 30 places (our standard number) in the reception year, and 30 in all other years in-year admissions.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A PLACE
All parents who wish their children to attend the new Reception Class at St Eanswythe’s during the academic years 2023/24 should contact the school office after 1st November 2022, arrange to visit the school and register their child as soon as possible and by the dates required by the local authority (January 2022 date TBC) to comply with the county wide admissions policy procedure. We work closely with KCC and other schools to provide smooth and co-ordinated admission arrangements across the area.
All parents are required to complete the KCC online application – KCC common application form by the closing date TBC January 2023.
The number of applications usually exceeds the places available and the Governors Admissions Committee, when it meets (usually at the end of the Spring Term) has to use the admissions policy to decide which pupils will receive the available places.
Criteria for Admission
The admissions policy does not take account of how long a child has been registered; it provides a list of criteria to enable applications received by the date published by the LA, which is during January (see KCC admissions website), to be placed in an order of priority.
Successful applicants are informed in Term 5 ( April 2023) . You must accept the place offered by (date to be confirmed)
We will be doing open afternoons for you and your child in the summer term. The school will contact parents with dates and times.
The law allows you to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel against the refusal of a place at any of the schools you applied for. Should you wish to, you may also contact your local County Councillor for support. Any appeal should be lodged online to the independent appeals panel
by Tuesday 17th May. Given the current situation with COVID-19 our appeals guidance is subject to change so please ensure you check our website for more details at http://www.kent.gov.uk/schoolappeals
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2023 you can appeal between )dates to be confirmed) to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by (date to be confirmed) . 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.
In accordance with the requirements of the 1980 Education Act parents have the right of appeal if their application is not successful. This appeal will be heard by KCC Independent Appeals, decisions are legally binding on both Directors and the Local Education Authority.
Appeals outside of main round admissions should be sent to Mr P Barton Clerk to the Directors to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any applications that the Directors receive after the places have been allocated are put on a waiting list and considered according to the same criteria when a place becomes available.