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Early Years Foundation Stage Admissions

Starting September 2020 - Children born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016

​​​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

Every family who would like to consider Slade for their child's primary school placement is invited to one of our open mornings.  The open morning will include a talk from Karen Slade (Head Teacher) as well as the opportunity to explore the school. 

Open Mornings will take place on:

Please arrive at 9am for a 9.15am start.

  • Wednesday 16 October 
  • Wednesday 6 November 
  • Wednesday 27 November 

Places are limited, so please book now by emailing to with Open Morning in the subject box.  In the message please include the date of the open event you would like to be at and the number of adults likely to attend.

Kent County Council online admission applications open on Tuesday 5 November 2019 and close on Wednesday 15 January 2020.

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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 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 how to apply.

You can drop in your application by hand, by post or via our dedicated admissions email

Please note we are currently oversubscribed and waiting lists are in place for all year groups.

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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 2015 and 31 August 2016 need to apply in the application window which opens on Tuesday 5 November 2019 through to the closing date on Wednesday 15 January 2020 for admission to school in September 2020.    

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

Slade 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 both Breakfast and After School provision, known as Narnians.  As the school has grown, so has the capacity in our wraparound care. We operate an online booking system which can be accessed a few weeks after you have accepted your place at the school (for new intake children joining the following September) or up-to two weeks following receipt of the child's electronic casefile from their current school for In Year transfers.