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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.


All primary, infant and junior school offers go out on Thursday 16 April 2020.

On your offer each school you have applied for will be given a status. Here's what they mean:

  • Place offered - your child has been offered a place at this school
  • Not offered - this school has not been offered. This school was named as a higher preference on your application form than the school that was offered
  • Declined - your child has not been offered a place at this school because one of your higher preferences has been offered

Things to remember

Remember that:

  • if you apply online we'll send your child's offer by email after 4pm on Thursday 16 April 2020. We cannot guarantee the time you will receive your email, as this is dependent on your email provider. Medway Council has no control over an email after it has been sent
  • if you apply by paper, we'll post your offer letter on Thursday 16 April 2020, so you will receive it after that date
  • if you live outside of Medway your offer will come from your home local authority even if it's for a Medway school
  • we cannot guarantee your child will get a place at one of the schools you named on your application

What you can do next

Once you receive your offer you need to decide whether to accept or refuse the school place.

Information on how to do this will be in the Next Steps Guide published on offer day.

You must accept or refuse your offer by Friday 15 May 2020.

  • We strongly advise you accept the place offered, even if you're looking to go on a waiting list or appeal, as there's no guarantee you will be successful.
  • An accepted place can always be released later, but a refused place cannot always be reinstated.
  • Refusing a school place does not mean you'll be more successful from the waiting list or in appeal.


If you're unhappy with the offer

If you’re unhappy with the school place your child has been offered, you can:

  • ask us to add your child to the waiting list for the schools you named on your application and any other Medway school
  • submit an appeal for any of the schools you named on your application that have not offered your child a place



How we decide what school is offered to your child

All school places are offered based on each school's oversubscription criteria.

This means you're not guaranteed a place at the school(s) you named on your application. This will depend on how oversubscribed the school is and the priority of other applicants.

We will, however, try our best to offer your child a place at one of your highest preferred schools.

The schools you name are not told which preference you have named them as. The order of your preferences is between you and Medway Council for the purpose of offering places only.

After the closing date

After the closing date for applications, we begin processing your application using the following steps.

  1. We communicate with other local authorities such as Kent County Council. We'll send them applications for their schools made by our parents and they send us applications for Medway schools made by their parents.
  2. Each Medway school then prioritises the children that have applied to them in order based on their oversubscription criteria
  3. We then start the offer process by offering places at each school up to their Published Admission Number
  4. We communication with other local authorities again to tell them which of their children can be offered places at Medway schools. In return other local authorities tell us which Medway children can be offered places at their schools
  5. We repeat steps 3 and 4 a number of times until each child has been offered the highest preference possible 
  6. At this point, some children may not have been offered a place at one of their preferred schools, so we allocate a place at the nearest school with a vacancy
  7. Offers are sent to Medway residents on national offer day (16 April 2020)

If you are not offered one of your preferences

If we have not been able to offer your child a place at one of the schools named on your application, this will be because there were more applications than places available and other applicants had a higher priority for a place when the school's oversubscription criteria were applied.

If you are not offered a place at any of the schools you named on your application, we’ll allocate your child a place at the nearest school to your home address with a vacancy. This is only an offer of a place and you can still pursue other schools via the waiting lists and appeal