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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

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

We are delighted to welcome parents back to Slade in preparation of the opening of the application window in November for Primary School places in the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception Year) starting in September 2022.

We continue to put the safety of our children, adults and visitors first, so our tours of the school will look slightly different this year.

We are offering tours for two adults per family (unfortunately, we cannot accommodate children at present) over the week of Monday 11 October to Friday 15 October.

Tours will be conducted by members of staff to small groups of eight, who must book in advance via our email address: or by telephone to our office on 01732 350354.  Please provide your name, chosen tour day/time as well as the best email address to communicate to. Please also give an alternative tour that you would be able to attend in case we are fully booked on the preferred visit.  We will acknowledge and confirm your tour date within 24 hours.

Tours will start promptly at 10:00 and 14:00 each day, details on where to meet will be given once booking has been confirmed.  We politely ask that face coverings are worn throughout the visit to Slade.

In addition to the guided tours, our Headteacher, Karen Slade, will be presenting a Welcome to Slade video, which will be available to download via the school website from Monday 4 October.

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

All tour dates are subject to alteration and late minute cancellation if guidance from the Department for Education advise against visitors into school due to amended COVID-19 restrictions

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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 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