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Admissions Procedure


As of the 5th June 2022, Pentecost, the Bishops of England and Wales reinstated the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Parents applying for a place at St Francis Catholic Primary school, under a faith based criteria will need to complete a Supplementary Information Form. Evidence of practice will be measured by frequency of attendance at Mass as validated by either a priest or minister, as was the case prior to 18th March 2020. These arrangements apply to the admissions round for 2023 and subsequent rounds.

St Francis Catholic Primary School Guidance on Admissions

September Admissions

We accept children at any point during the school year providing we have space available. If you have any queries regarding placing your child at our school, please contact us directly on 01622 771540 We will be happy to take you on a tour of our wonderful school. 

Foundation Stage

Children start school in the September following their 4th birthday. The admissions round opens in November for the following September and applications are made online at If you have any difficulty with the process, please do not hesitate to ask as we will be happy to help with the application. You can choose up to 3 schools in preference order, and the Local Education Authority will advise you in the middle of April which school you have been allocated.

Kent County Council’s admissions team can be contacted on 03000 416 789 for in-year places, or 03000 416 111 for entry to primary school.

Our admissions policy can be found on our policies page

You may apply for a reception year place at St Francis Catholic Primary School for the September 2024 intake from November 2023.

Your child is eligible for a place at St Francis Catholic Primary School if they were born between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020.

Baptised children from Catholic and other Christian/Church denominations, with proof of this, will be ranked first according to the admissions criteria. Details can be found in our Admissions Policy. If you wish to apply for a place at St Francis you must complete our supplementary form and return it to the school (the supplementary form can be found at the bottom of this page).

Parents/carers whose applications for places are unsuccessful may appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel set up in accordance with section 85(3) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Appeals must be made in writing and must set out the reasons on which the appeal is made. Appeals should be made to the Admissions Appeals Clerk at the school address. Parents/Carers have the right to make oral representations to the Appeal
Panel. More detail can be found in our Policy for Admissions, and in the Admissions Appeals document attached below.