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Admissions

Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting prospect. Here at Milstead and Frinsted C of E Primary School, we offer a common sense approach to education, which places the individual firmly at the centre.

We believe that each child can only achieve their full potential if they are happy and secure in their school environment.

Our small classes, excellent academic record, rural setting and strong Christian ethos may be right for your child.

If you are wondering if Milstead and Frinsted School is right for your child, the best way to find out is to come and visit us.

Please telephone the School Office on 01795 830 241, or email office@milstead.kent.sch.uk for a convenient appointment.

Admissions criteria for Milstead & Frinsted Church of England Primary School

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:

The Governing Body is the admissions authority for Milstead & Frinsted Church of England Primary School.  The Governors are planning to adminit (Published Admission Number) 15 children for Year R in September 2018. Children will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude.  Before the application of oversubscription criteria any child with a Statement of Special Educational Need naming the school will be admitted, in which event the Published Admission Number will be reduced accordingly.

The Governors recognise and agree that the school was created to provide education for the village community within the Parishes of Milstead and Frinsted; we also recognise and agree that continuity of the provision of education within the family is important. Our Admissions Policy and the criteria associated with it are designed to reflect those priorities, together with requirements that are statutory obligations prescribed by current government regulation.

If applications exceed the number of places available the oversubscription criteria will be applied in the following order of priority which will also be used if applications within any of the categories exceed places available and it is necessary to decide between them:

1.      Looked After or Previously Looked After Child

A child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989)

2.      Sibling

Children with a sibling attending the school at the time of application.  Sibling is defined in these arrangements as children who live as brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers and sisters

3.      Children with Exceptional Compassionate, Social, Medical/Health or Special Access Needs

Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Milstead & Frinsted C of E School. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and Milstead & Frinsted C of E School.

4.      Children of Staff at the School

Priority will be given to children of a member of staff who has been recruited or is being retained to fill a demonstrable skill shortage.

5.      Distance/Nearness of Children’s Home to School

Remaining places will be offered to children according to how near their permanent residence is to the school, with those living closer to the school receiving a higher priority. We use the distance  between the child’s permanent home address and the school measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. The school uses measurements provided by the Local Authority and further information on how distances are calculated, the definition of a child’s home address, and how flats are treated for measurement of distance is available in the Admissions Booklets provided by the Local Authority. In the unlikely event that two or more children live at the same distance from the school and in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, then the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child is given the place.

6.     Children to be taught outside their Expected Year Group
Children are entitled to a full-time place in the September following their fourth birthday. Parents can defer the date their child is admitted to the school until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age and not beyond the beginning of the final term of the school year for which it was made. Where parents wish, children may attend part-time until later in the school year but not beyond the point at which they reach compulsory school age. A child reaches compulsory school age on the prescribed day following his or her fifth birthday (or on his or her fifth birthday if it falls on a prescribed day). The prescribed days are 31 December, 31 March and 31 August.


Parents of a summer born child (1 April to 31 August) may choose not to send that child to school until the September following their fifth birthday and may request that they are admitted out of their normal age group – to Reception rather than Year 1. The Village Academy Schools will consider such requests on a case by case basis. Parents should apply in the usual way in the year when their child would be expected to start school and then request to defer entry to the following year. Following receipt of the School’s decision, parents should apply again the following year providing the evidence that deferral was agreed. There is no guarantee of a place in the following year; this is subject to the usual over subscription criteria.

Procedures for admissions will be as described in the Local Authority’s admissions booklet.

 For further information about Admissions including in the event of oversubscription, please see page 6 of our Admissions Policy.

When to apply

If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, you should be applying for a place in a Reception class in September 2018.

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

We strongly advise all parents to visit the school before applying. You are welcome to visit without an appointment at any time, although should you wish to discuss matters with the Head of School an appointment, made by telephoning the school office, would be needed.

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.

Starting school

Reception children attend school for mornings only for the first week, moving to full time attendance following discussions between parents and the class teacher.  The school day begins at 8:50am and ends at 3pm for Reception and Key Stage 1 and 3:15pm for Key Stage 2.

Changing Schools

If you wish to apply for a place for an older child at Milstead and Frinsted Church of England 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 15. Contact the Head Teacher for further information.

Transfer at 11

Children leaving Milstead to move to Secondary education go to a variety of schools. In their final year at primary school pupils can, if parents wish, undertake the selection test for a Grammar school place (11 plus or Kent Test).  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

Admissions Policy

Performance Tables. 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.