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Admissions

If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

Variation to admissions arrangements for September 2021-2022 – Statement

 

Admissions Clarification (Covid-19)

 

St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School Admission Arrangements 2021-2022

 

Parents and carers applying for places in Years R to 6 in the academic year 2021-2022 are asked to note the following statement in relation to the Mass Attendance oversubscription criterion set out in the school’s admission arrangements:

 

On the advice of the Education Commission of the Archdiocese of Southwark, the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership has agreed the following statement in order to clarify how its faith-based oversubscription criteria will be interpreted while churches are closed or attendance at church is not possible due to Covid-19. This statement has been shared widely with parishes by the Education Commission in order to ensure that determinations made by parish priests concerning regular practice of the faith are being made on a consistent basis.

 

The suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass was announced on 18th March 2020 by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. If a parent or carer attended Mass at a particular parish (or parishes) prior to 18th March 2020 then they will be considered to have attended Mass in that parish (or parishes) regularly since that time. This will remain the case until the Sunday obligation is reintroduced by the Bishops.

 

Mike Powis,

 

Chair of the KCSP Board

 

September 2020


 

Admission to school

St. Thomas' Catholic Primary School accepts new pupils from all religious denominations and cultures; you do not have to be Catholic to be a member of the St. Thomas' community. However, the admissions criteria for the main school gives preference to baptised Catholics. (This does not apply to nursery places, which are given on a first-come, first-served basis.) 

 

Reception Admissions – September 2021

Until 9th June 2021, Kent County Council is responsible for allocating places for the Reception class starting in September 2021. Please visit the KCC website for further information.

 

Important – in addition to applying online, parents who wish to name St Thomas’ as one of their preferences need to complete the school’s Supplementary Information Form. This should be accompanied by a birth and baptism certificate.

 

 

In Year Admissions  

 

If your child is already at school but you wish to move them to St Thomas’, please fill in the In Year Admission Form (IYAF) and return it to the school together with the school’s Supplementary Information Form (found below) and a copy of your child’s Birth and Baptismal Certificates. Once the school office receives these documents, we will process your application and write to you.

 

Nursery Admissions

St. Thomas' has a maintained nursery on site for children aged from 3 years who will be moving into Reception the following year. Entry criteria to St. Thomas' Primary School do not apply to the Nursery. Applications for a Nursery place must be made to the school office. Please note that a place in the Nursery does NOT guarantee an automatic place into the Reception class for any child. For all applications to St Thomas' School from Reception to Year 6, please see above.

 

Main School Admissions;

Mrs Louisa Stangroome, office@saintthomas.co.uk

Telephone: 01732 453921

 

Nursery Admissions;

Mrs Melanie Bosworth, nursery@saintthomas.co.uk

Telephone: 01732 453921

 

Appeals Procedure

In accordance with the School Admissions Appeals Code 2012, the school’s appeals timetable is as follows:

 

Primary Admissions Round – 2020-2021

 

  • The deadline for lodging an appeal is 17 May 2021.
  • Appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals.
  • Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ written notice of their appeal hearing;
  • Late Applications, appeals will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged

 

The above timetable includes reasonable deadlines for appellants and the admissions authority to submit any additional evidence, and for the appeals clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties.

 

In Year Admissions

 

  • For applications for in-year admissions, appeals will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
  • Appellants will receive at least 10 school days’ written notice of their appeal hearing;

 

St Thomas’ DfE Number:  886-3751

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St Thomas' Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Thomas’ Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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