Pilgrim's Way

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

Admissions

Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting prospect. Pilgrims’ Way is a popular school close to local Grammar Schools.  Children are admitted according to the Kent County Council Admission Procedure. If you are wondering if Pilgrims’ Way School is right for your child, the best way to find out is to come and visit us.

Please telephone the School Office on 01227 760084, or email office@pilgrims-way.kent.sch.uk for a convenient appointment.

Children are able to come to school at the beginning of the school year in which they are 5. Special arrangements are made to ease their start in school.  These are publicised at the Year R parents meeting in the Summer term prior to school entry. 

As Pilgrims' Way Primary School is an increasingly popular school looking to expand, we are currently offering places in all year groups. Please contact the school office directly for further information.

We also admit children from the age of two to our nursery which has a capacity of up to 60 children.

Admissions Criteria

As an Academy, we have responsibility for our own admissions, however, we operate in the same way as a county school. In common with all County and Controlled Primary Schools in Kent, out admissions criteria are as follows, in priority order:

  • Looked After Child
  • Sibling*
  • Children with Exceptional Compassionate, Social, Medical/Health or Special Access Needs
  • Distance/Nearness of Children’s Home to School**

Please note:

*Siblings must be attending at the same time to qualify.

**Measured in a straight line

When to apply

If your child was born between 1st September 2010 and 31st August 2011, you should be applying for a place in a Reception class in September 2015.

Legally a child reaches compulsory school age in the term following their fifth birthday; County policy is to encourage parents to enrol their children in Reception classes before this deadline.

Application forms are available from the school office. The closing date for applications in reception is usually in the January- with the child starting in the following September.

Visiting the school

In the Summer term before your child starts school, an invitation will be sent out for you and your child to attend a series of ‘Pre-school Club’ meetings.  This will enable your child to become familiar with coming into school and for both of you to meet his/her new teacher.

Once a place has been offered and accepted you and your child will be invited to visit the school on several occasions, both in school time and after school, to help integrate your child and ensure that their first day goes smoothly. Parents wishing to appeal against an admission decision should write to the Area Education Office.

Starting school

Reception children attend school initially on a part time basis and then move to full time following discussions between parents and the class teacher.  The school day begins at 8:50am and ends at 3:00pm.

Changing Schools

If you wish to apply for a place for an older child at Pilgrims’ Way Primary School the criteria set out above still apply.  Places will be offered provided the admission does not involve us exceeding our standard number per year group. Currently our standard number is 45. Contact the Headteacher for further information.

Transfer of pupils to Secondary education

There is a meeting for Year 6 parents in the Autumn term to explain the procedure for entry to Secondary education.  In the Summer term Year 7 tutors from the local Secondary schools come into school to meet their new children and liaise with year 6 teachers.  There is also an opportunity for children to visit their new Secondary Schools in July.

Many of the secondary schools in our area have their own entrance tests or have specific criteria for admission, details of which can be obtained direct from the schools concerned.

Useful information to help you:

OFSTED Inspection report

Pilgrims’ Way Primary School and Nursery Prospectus 14-15

Admissions Policy (page 8)

This link will take you to our page on the DFE website which will give you information on the school, its historic performance and how we compare to other schools locally and nationally.