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Admissions to Godinton Primary School for September 2018

For children born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014

 

Those of you with children starting school in the next academic year will now be looking at your local schools, in order to decide which one you would like your child to attend.

Every school is different; they all have their own ethos and their own beliefs about what is important in education. By coming and visiting our school you will know whether Godinton is the right school for your child.

At Godinton, we place great value on providing a fully rounded education for our pupils. We promote art, music and sport and a very wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities in order to nurture our children’s talents. We have extensive systems for tracking progress in English and maths, and we go to great lengths to maximise their progress in these important subjects. We pride ourselves on striving for academic excellence whilst encouraging children to develop their wider talents wherever they may lie.

 

  Finding out more about Godinton Primary School

We quite appreciate that selecting a primary school for your child is one of the most important choices you will make as parents. In order to provide you with sufficient opportunity to really get to know us and to decide whether the ethos of our school matches what you want for your child, we hold an extended open evening for parents in addition to providing guided tours of the school during the day. The two events provide you with very different insights into our school.

The guided tours led by the Headteacher, Miss Talbot and Assistant Headteachers, Mrs Stein and Miss Collins, take place during the course of a normal, working day, so that you can see the school in operation. You will be able to experience the atmosphere within the school and see the interaction between children, and between children and staff. Being in a school during the day provides you with the most important indicator of whether the school is a happy, productive environment and whether it is right for your child.

The open evening provides you with an extended opportunity to talk to the adults who work at our school, and to ask questions. You will be able to come along to the school hall where there will be a large number of displays on various aspects of life at Godinton Primary. Members of staff will be on hand to explain the philosophy behind our teaching of various curriculum subjects, and members of the school’s senior management team and governing body will also be available to talk through any questions or issues which you may have. Children from our current Year 6 will be present and you will be able to talk to them about life in the school. In addition, there will be representatives from the school’s breakfast club and after school club. Most importantly you will be able to visit the Reception classes and to talk with the teachers and teaching assistants who work in this year group.

 You can come along at any time during the evening and you are welcome to stay for 10 minutes or for the whole hour and a half. The school caterers will provide refreshments during the evening. Please feel free to bring your children along should you so wish. 

This year’s open evening is on Wednesday, November 22nd 2017,

from 5.30-7pm. 

The tour dates for 2016/17 are:

Thursday 23rd November at 9.15 a.m.

Friday 24th November at 9.15 a.m.

Monday 27th November at 9.15 a.m.

Tuesday 28th November at 1.30 p.m.

Wednesday 29th November at 1.30 p.m.

Friday 1st December at 1.30 p.m.

Monday 4th December at 9.15 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.

Wednesday 6th November at 9.15 a.m.

Parents who have registered their interest in Godinton Primary will be sent an admissions pack which includes a booking form for the tours. If, after reading our admissions pack, you decide that you do wish to tour the school, you simply complete the relevant form, indicate which date you would like to attend, and send it back to us. For those parents who have not already done so, you can register your interest in Godinton School by telephoning the school office on 01233 621616. Alternatively, you can also book a place on the tours when attending our open evening, or by telephoning or e mailing the school office. (office@godinton.kent.sch.uk)

 

Godinton Primary School – Admission Criteria

Schools are only allowed to admit a certain number of pupils into each year group. At Godinton Primary, this number is 60. If more than 60 pupils wish to join our Reception intake, we have to apply KCC agreed admission criteria to decide which children receive places and which do not.

The current criteria, which are applied in priority order, are as follows:

Looked After Children – Children who are in Local Authority Care or a child who was previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, resident or special guardianship order.

Sibling Link – Those children who have a brother or sister already at the school. To qualify for this criterion, the brother or sister must still be attending the school when the younger sibling starts. There is no sibling link if the brother or sister is in Year 6 when you apply, and will subsequently have left the school when the younger sibling joins. In addition, the family must still live at the same address as when the brother/sister was first admitted, or if they have subsequently moved, they must now live within 2 miles of the school (straight line distance) or have moved nearer to the school from where they were living previously. If the family has moved more than 2 miles from the school since the sibling was admitted, the sibling link is deemed to have been broken. 

Health and Special Access Reasons – This applies to children whose health or physical impairment means they have to go to a particular school because he/she can only move easily around certain kinds of building. A medical practitioner must provide written evidence to support your request. The KCC admissions booklet also provides details with regard to parental health issues and how this impacts on applying for a school place.

Staff children – Where admission of the child is required to enable the retention of a member of staff to a key position, provided the staff member has been employed at Godinton Primary School for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission is made; and/or where admission of the child is required to allow recruitment of the member of staff to a post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Once the other criteria have been taken into consideration, the children are offered places according to who lives closest to the school. The distance is measured by Kent County Council, using a computer system which measures the straight line distance between a set point on the school site and the child’s house.

The admissions policy is one of those which you can view in the policies section of this website, through the ‘About Us’ tab.

In order to gain a place at our school, the parents of reception aged children are required to complete a Reception Common Admissions Form (RCAF). Parents can either do this online, at www.kent.gov.uk/ola, from 6th November until the closing date on 15th January, or those who do not have access to the internet can request a paper copy of the application form from the school. The paper copy of the RCAF should be completed and returned to the school or the LEA Admissions Team by the closing date in January. Only one application must be submitted per child, either online or paper but not both.

Parents are informed as to whether a child has been successful in gaining a place by KCC on April 16th 2018.

The parents of older children  who are moving into the area and who wish their child to attend our school will need to complete Kent County Council’s ‘In Year Common Application Form’ (IYCAF) . A paper copy of this is available from the school office or via kent.admissions@kent.gov.uk. Parents considering applying for an in year place for their child are encouraged to make an appointment to come and look around the school.

Parents should also note that the following points DO NOT form part of the school’s admissions criteria:

  • How long your child’s name has been registered at a school.  
  • If your child attends the nursery on our school site  
  • If your child attends a playschool or pre-school nearby  
  • Any previous association you or your extended family may have had with the school either by attending it or participating with any of the school’s activities  
  • How long you may have lived in the area or a parent’s intention of moving into the area in the future.

Further information about the process of applying for a place at a primary school, and full details of what each of the criteria mean, can be found on the Kent County Council website:

https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places

Here you will also find information about the appeal process if you are unsuccessful in gaining a place at your preferred school.

Alternatively please contact the school if you have any specific queries or concerns. 

We look forward to meeting you.