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Starting primary school

Apply to start school in Year R (Reception) if your child is born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016.

Apply to transfer from infant to junior school (Year 3) if your child is born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 and attends an infant school.

If your child is in Year 2 in a primary school which runs from Year R to Year 6, you do not need to apply for Year 3, unless you wish your child to transfer to a junior school.

If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan or a statement of special educational needs you don’t need to apply through this admission process. Contact instead.

Choose a school

You can list up to six preferences when you apply for a school place. This can include schools in or outside Medway.

Before you apply, there are some things you may want to consider:

School age ranges include:

  • infant schools (Year R to Year 2): 4 to 7 year olds
  • primary schools (Year R to Year 6): 4 to 11 year olds
  • junior schools (Year 3 to Year 6): 7 to 11 year olds

Paired schools

Most Medway infant schools are paired with a junior school.

This means children who attend the infant school have a higher priority for a place in the paired junior school than children not attending the infant school.

You still have to apply for the paired junior school. Places are not automatically given.

Defer or delay your child's start date

Children reach compulsory school age when they turn five and must be in school the term after their fifth birthday.

If your child is born between 1 April and 31 August, you can request to defer or delay your child's start date.

Child health survey

If your child is starting school this year, you are probably preparing them for the move from nursery to school.

There is a lot to look forward to but you may have some questions and concerns around how they will manage without you. For example, you may have concerns about if they will make friends and if their health will affect their attendance.

We have introduced this questionnaire about school readiness for children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016. From your responses, we will give guidance and further support if needed.

It should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.


Completing this questionnaire is not part of the school admission process and will not influence your child's school choice.

Complete the child health survey