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Admissions

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 admissions@slade.kent.sch.uk.

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

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

Open Mornings for parents considering Slade for EYFS Admissions

 

EYFS Intake September 2022 - Children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018

Further to the conclusion of our October and early November tours, we are sorry to say that due to updated guidance from the Department for Education issued on Monday 29 November and the number of COVID-19 cases locally at present, we are unable to hold any further tours of the site before the closing date for applications in mid-January.  

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this decision may cause you.

We are pleased to share with you, this Welcome to Slade video presented by our Headteacher, Karen Slade:

We are here to help throughout the application process.  If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to contact us via email admissions@slade.kent.sch.uk at any time or on the telephone to 01732 350354.

Updated Tuesday 30 November

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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 address:admissions@slade.kent.sch.uk

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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 2017 and 31 August 2018 need to apply in the application window which opens in November 2021 through to the closing date in mid January 2022 for admission to school in September 2022.    

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 a 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 wraparound@slade.kent.sch.uk.