Our open mornings for Admissions in September 2025 are now available. Visit our admissions page to find out more information.


Admissions to Apply for a Reception Place for the Academic Year 2025-2026

Admissions Timetable

Key ActionDate
Application for Primary Intake opens onlineMonday 2 September 2024 (09:00)
National closing date for applicationsWednesday 15 January 2025 (17:00)
Deadline for 'late' school applicationsFriday 24 January 2025 (17:00)
National Offer Day: emails sent after 4pm.Wednesday 16 April 2025
Places must be accepted/refused and requests to go on a waiting list and appeals must be submitted.Wednesday 14 May 2025
Re-allocation of available places beginsFrom w/c 9 June 2025

For information regarding our oversubscription criteria, please refer to the Admissions Policy.

Admissions Documents

Determined Admissions Arrangements 2025-2026


When appealing in-year admissions, the deadline for hearing the appeal is within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you were refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Wednesday 16 April 2025).

You need to submit your appeal before Wednesday, 14 May 2025.

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education

When appealing in-year admissions, the deadline for hearing the appeal is within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appeals Documents

Frequently Asked Questions - Medway Admissions

In-Year Admissions


If you are considering transferring your child to our school, please contact Primary Admissions for information on availability and waiting lists using the contact details below.

To apply for a place outside of the September Admissions process you will need to complete an In-Year Application Form. This form will need to be completed and returned directly to the office (which can be downloaded from the link below). Please note if your child is offered a place at Cliffe Woods, you will be required to provide your child’s birth certificate and proof of address (two for you and one for your child).

Late applications/Waiting lists/Multiple births: Procedures and arrangements for administering these issues will be in accordance with those detailed in the Medway Council’s Admission to Primary School web page at Apply for a primary school place

Medway Test

The Medway Test is a formal examination for admission to Medway Grammar schools, which includes:

      • Chatham Grammar
      • Fort Pitt Grammar School
      • Holcombe Grammar School
      • Rainham Mark Grammar School
      • Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School
      • The Rochester Grammar School

For more information please view the Medway Council Presentation below.

Secondary Admissions 2024: Presentation for Parents
Medway Council: Medway Test
Fair Banding Test at Strood Academy

Contact Information

Cliffe Woods Primary School

Mrs A Trill, Administration Manager
Tel: 01634 220 822
Email: office@cliffewoods.medway.sch.uk  

Medway Council Admissions Information and Contacts

Email: admissions@medway.gov.uk