Selling C of E Primary School

petham primary school
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Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting prospect. Here at Petham, we will 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.

We are a small village school and maintain a traditional ethos and philosophy. We converted to Academy status in September 2013. As an Academy we can be more flexible in our curriculum, which enables us to ensure that all children succeed.

With the support of the Academy, we have worked hard towards aspirational targets for improvement.  In May 2015, we were inspected by Ofsted and achieved a 'good' in all areas.  

We hope that the attached documents help you in your decision, but the best way to find out is to come and visit us.

Please contact our school office on to make a 01227 700260 for a convenient appointment.

Admissions Criteria

The Governing Body is the admissions authority for Petham Primary School. The Directors are planning to admit (Published Admission Number) 20 children to 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 Directors recognise and agree that the school was created to provide education for the village community within the Parish of Petham; 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.  This 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 Child or Previously Looked After Children
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 Petham 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 Petham 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. The distance is measured between the child’s permanent address and the school measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey address point data. Distances are measured from a central point within the child’s home to a similarly defined point within the school as specified by Ordnance Survey. 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.

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

For further information about Admissions, please see our Admissions Policy.

When to apply

Most parents choose to start their child  in Year R at the beginning of the academic year in which their child turns 5. 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.

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 Headteacher, 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 few weeks, moving to full time attendance following discussions between parents and the class teacher. The school day begins at 8:50am and ends at 3:10pm for Reception children and 3.20pm for all other children.

Changing Schools

If you wish to apply for a place for an older child at Petham 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 20. Contact the Headteacher for further information.

Transfer at 11

Children leaving Petham 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.

Application form for Secondary Schools can be downloaded here.

Useful information to help you:

OFSTED Inspection report

Admissions Policy

Performance Tables - SATs results.
This link will take you to our page on the DFE website which will give you information on the school and its historic performance.