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View Road Cliffe Woods, Rochester, Kent ME3 8UJ

01634 220822

Cliffe Woods Primary School


APPEALS for Foundation Stage - Academic Year 2017/18

18th April 2017 - The offer of a place in a school will be sent to parents.

17th May 2017 - This is the deadline for places to be accepted/refused and requests to go on a waiting list and when appeals must be submitted by. If you do not want a place in the school you have been allocated you can appeal. Your appeal should state your reasons for this request. Additional information may be submitted later and full information regarding your appeal will be sent to you once the school receives your initial request in writing.

20th June 2017 - Appeals will be held.

It is advisable to place your child on the school’s waiting list alongside any appeal request.

The school has a Planned Admission Number of 60, an increase from the previous year. In the past the Independent Appeal Panel has directed the school to take an additional 3 or 4 children if the case presented was compelling and there was strong supporting evidence. This was without future prejudice to the efficient use of resources and the education of those children already in the school. It must be noted, however, that with the increased PAN, Infant Class Size legislation will prevent numbers being increased above 60.

Any appeals lodged after 17th May for Foundation Stage will be treated as ‘casual admissions’ and will be heard within 30 days of submitting the request.

If you have any queries regarding an appeal, then you are asked to contact the school.


Determined admission arrangements for Cliffe Woods Primary School For September 2017

Admission Policy 2017

Children reach compulsory school age at the start of the term following their fifth birthday. Cliffe Woods Primary School will admit four year-olds into its Foundation Stage classes, ie those children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013.
Parents need to complete the Common Application Form in accordance with the co-ordinated scheme.

Parents are not obliged to start their child at school until the beginning of the term after the child is five. Therefore, parents who have been offered a September place may ask to defer their child’s admission until later in the school year or until the child reaches compulsory school age in that school year without losing the offer of a place. Parents can also request that their child attends part-time until the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents of children with summer term birthdays (1 April to 31 August 2013) may ask to start their child in Year 1 in September 2018 but the Reception place will not be saved. Parents will have to reapply for a Year 1 place. Parents are not able to defer entry beyond the beginning of the term after the child’s fifth birthday.
The Published Admission Number for Cliffe Woods Primary School is 45.

Oversubscription Criteria

Following receipt of parental preferences, places will be offered to those children with statements of special educational needs where Cliffe Woods Primary School is named. Then, if the number of requests received via the co-ordinated scheme is more than the number of places available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:

    1. Children in Public Care – as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.
    2. Child’s health reasons. Medical evidence must be provided which demonstrates a specific health reason which requires a child to attend Cliffe Woods Primary School.


    1. Current family association (a brother or sister in the school at the time of application and still attending in September 2017) – as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme.


  1. Multiple birth children where Cliffe Woods Primary School is the nearest school to the child’s home.
  2.  Nearness of child’s home to school measured using Medway Council’s criteria.

Where criteria involves measuring distance to a child’s home, the LA’s procedures for ascertaining the shortest available safe route between home and the school will be used.

In the event of a tie within any criterion before the last, places will be allocated to those living the closest distance to the school as mentioned above.

Casual Admissions

The casual admission process will follow LA guidelines that aim to make a casual admission placement within 10 school days.
Parents can apply for a casual admission at any time during the school year.
If no places are available at the time of application, a waiting list will be maintained. Names are kept in priority order according to the oversubscription criteria and not according to how long a child’s name has been on the list.
Any place that becomes available will be offered to the child at the top of the list.
All vacancies will be allocated as they arise.

Casual Admissions when transferring schools without moving home.

If a parent wishes to transfer their child from another school without moving home, the Principal will contact the child’s current school to ascertain the situation so that our school is able to offer the correct support should the child be offered a place. It is also expected that the parent/carer of the child, along with the child themselves when appropriate, visit our school and meet with the Principal before any place will be offered.


Parents/carers have the right to appeal if a place is not offered to their child. Appeals will be handled in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code and the Governing Body’s policy on admission appeals. Appeals will be heard within 30 days of submitting the request. If you have any queries regarding an appeal, then you are asked in the first instance to contact the school. Please download and complete the form below if you wish to appeal for a place for your child, following the instructions on the form.

Determined admission arrangements for

Cliffe Woods Primary School For September 2018

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