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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.

Waiting lists

If you're not happy with the school place your child has been offered you can ask for them to be added to the waiting list for:

  • any of the Medway schools named on your application
  • any other Medway school that wasn't named on your application

You will need to complete the waiting list request form (this will be available after offer day) and return it to Medway Council's Admissions and Transport by Friday 15 May 2020.

Your child will not be automatically added to any waiting lists unless you complete this form and we receive it.

Things to remember

Remember that:

  • waiting lists close on Thursday 31 December 2020
  • we will offer vacant places to children on the schools waiting lists from the week starting Monday 1 June 2020
  • a child's place on a waiting list is held in oversubscription order, not first come first served

If your child is offered a place from a waiting list

If your child is offered a place at a school from a waiting list, we will:

  • automatically withdraw any other school place offer you hold so it can be offered to another child
  • after the end of the school year, contact you before making an offer to see if you want the new school offer or not
  • remove your child from any waiting list for schools named as a lower preference than the one offered, but let your child remain on the lists for schools named higher

If you want to remove your child from waiting lists

If you decide you're satisfied with a school offer and do not wish for your child to stay on waiting lists you must tell us in writing by email to

If you do not do this, your child will stay on the waiting lists and may be able to receive another offer of a school place, which means any other offer will be removed.