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There are two kinds of admissions to Slade.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Admissions are for those children starting school for the first time in Reception Year and In Year Admissions, which happen once a child has already started school and there is a desire or need to transfer schools, or is new to the UK and is of school age. 

Both of these are described in full below.  If you have any questions, please contact us using the email address

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Admissions

​​​We offer 60 places in our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, or 'Year R') for new admissions (this is our Published Admissions Number). These places will be allocated by our admissions authority, Kent County Council, in accordance with the following criteria (in order of priority):
  1. Children in Local Authority Care
  2. Current Family Associations (siblings)
  3. Health and Special Access reasons
  4. Nearness of children's homes to school


EYFS National Offer Day: Monday 17 April 2023

National Offer Day for parents who have applied for their children to start at primary school in September 2023 will be on Monday 17 April.  Applicants will receive an email from Kent County Council (KCC) during the day to indicate which school has been allocated for their child using the criteria above.

If you have been allocated a place at Slade:

If you have been allocated a place with us at Slade, the first thing to do is to wait for a welcome email from us, confirming this offer.  This email will also be sent on Monday 17 April, but after the notifications from KCC; our email will detail everything you need to do.

If you are happy with this offer:

Please follow the instruction on our email.  This will include emailing us to tell us that you will be accepting the place - your email will include the evidence that proves residence at the address used on the application.  In return, you will receive acknowledgement of your acceptance from us along with our welcome pack, full of fun summertime reading!  Please allow 48 hours for this acknowledgement.

You do not need to attend the school to accept the place.

If you are not happy with this offer:

If you wish to decline the offer of a place at Slade, please follow the instruction on our email.  This will involve emailing us to state that you wish to decline the place.  We will acknowledge this by return within 48 hours.

If you applied for a place at Slade, but did not receive a place here:

If you are happy with the offer made by KCC:

You should await instruction or further correspondence from your allocated school.

If you are not happy with this offer and still wish to apply for Slade:

Firstly, you should still accept the place at your allocated school.  This ensures you have a school place for 1 September. 

Please then follow instructions in your KCC offer pack - this will include details on how to apply to be on the waiting list and how to appeal if you wish to take that path.  Applicants who decide to be placed on the waiting list will be added to the pool which will form offers on Reallocation Day (Wednesday 7 June) which fills any places that have been declined in the main round of offers at Easter.  



Please click on the link to the KCC website below to find out more about admissions.


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In-Year Admissions

If you are looking to transfer your child from another primary school, please complete an in year admissions form and submit this directly to us. Slade Primary School applies the admissions criteria laid out by Kent County Council as described above in the EYFS Admissions section.  Please click on the link below to find out more information about the criteria and for links to the application form required.

Please email your completed application form via our dedicated admissions email

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Visiting the School

For parents interested in joining Slade as an In Year transfer, we are unable to satisfy demand for tours before such time that an offer of a place has become available.  Once this is the case, we will invite you in for a full 1-2-1 family tour before making up your mind whether to accept the place or not. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When should I apply for a place for my child?

Children start school when they are 4 rising 5 and all applications should be made via the Kent County Council in the year preceding their 5th birthday. 

For example: Children who are born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 need to apply in the application window which opens in November 2022 through to the closing date in mid January 2023 for admission to school in September 2023.    

2. Can I put my name down on a waiting list now for a place for reception?

Slade Primary School does not keep a reception waiting list or expression of interest list.

3. What is your catchment area? 

There is no official 'catchment area'.  We fill our spaces using the criteria mentioned above - with the vast majority of spaces being filled by those living closest to the school (criteria 4).  Although a set distance does not guarantee a successful application, and as a guide only from the last two years, the furthest distance from the school to gain a place under this criteria has been 1.3 Kilometres.

4. How are children allocated to a class when they start school?

Children are divided up into two classes in order of date of birth.  We attempt, where possible to provide classes with an equal number of boys to girls, additional educational needs and other factors that will allow for a balanced year group.  

5. What provision do you have out of school hours?

We have limited spaces wraparound provision at Slade for Breakfast Club, starting at 07:30 and for After School Club finishing at 17:30.  Further details can be obtained on the relevant page on this website or by contacting