Year 3 class places
If you would like a Year 3 place for your child between the months of Aug - Jan you must contact Medway council as they handle all Year 3 admissions up to the start of each calendar year. From Jan- July, parents can apply for a Year 3 place through the school directly following the procedures below.
All other year group places
If you would like a place for your child then you should complete the casual school application form (found at the bottom of this page or in the main school office and the supplementary information form) then if/ when a place for your child becomes available office staff will contact you and invite you to come in for chat and a tour.
Please note, if you do not hear from the office after submitting an application form this is probably because we cannot offer your child a place at this time as we are already full. We have 90 places for each year group available in school and once these are taken, your child will be placed on a waiting list.
Because St Margaret's Church of England Junior School is an over-subscribed school in the heart of the community, the following criteria (in this order) are applied when the offering any available places out:
- Children in the public care system
- Sibling of another child already in the school
- Children of staff working in the school
- Denominational preference- you have filled in the supplementary information form, submitted it to your church and this confirms you are a regular practising Christian
- Children who have medical, health and special access reasons so need to be in school
- Distance from child’s home to the school
Our priority is to ensure that all new children settle happily into school. We give new children a buddy to look after them during their first week and lots of opportunities to become familiar with the school, its rules, its routines and show them how they can make the best of their learning.
Key dates for Junior School admissions 2023
|Monday 5 September 2022||Primary school applications open|
|5pm on Sunday 15 January 2023||Primary school applications close (national closing date)|
|Monday 17 April 2023||Offers sent to parents and carers (national offer date)|
|Friday 12 May 2023||Places must be accepted/refused and requests to go on a waiting list and appeals must be submitted.|
|Monday 5 June 2023||Re-allocation of available places begins|
|Friday 29 December 2023||Re-allocation of available places ends|
The appeals process
If you desperately wish for your child to attend our school or any specific school in Medway and you are not granted a place there, as a parent, you are entitled to appeal.
Please come in and speak to us before you decide to go through the appeal process though as often a conversation about why the school cannot offer your child a place will clarify matters for parents...and if we are full - going over the recommended 90 pupils in each year group would prove detrimental to learning.
Each admissions appeal is heard by an independent, impartial panel.
The appeal forms below can be filled in and then submitted directly to Medway council.