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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements throughout this page. 


Decisions about admissions to the school are made by the Governing Body, as Stella Maris is a Voluntary Aided School.  As a Catholic school, we obviously give priority to Catholic children, and if your child is a Catholic this must be evidenced by providing a copy of the Baptismal Certificate.


Not all children at the school are Catholics, however, and many parents choose the school because they like its ethos and the extra dimension brought to what we do by our belief in Christian values.






Testimonials from other new parents to the school;-


We thought it would be nice to share some of the comments from parents with children who have joined the Stella Maris Community this academic year.   




"Jack was a new starter in Year 3 in September this year. We were lucky enough to visit the school in January, and instantly loved it, and applied for a place immediately. When Jack started in September he settled so quickly and happily. The teachers and school office have been so helpful and kind, keeping us updated through the application process and reassuring us about Jack's progress after he started. I am so pleased we chose Stella Maris".


"My son was worried about ‘big school’ and spent the summer beforehand telling me he wouldn’t ever go. A socially distanced garden visit from staff helped him to start looking forward to it instead, and I was pleasantly amazed by how quickly he settled in, even shouting ‘Hooray, let’s go to school!’ He has been really enthused by the play-based teaching in reception and often wants to spend his time at home following up on interests he has gained at school, such as building number blocks or writing".


"Jasper absolutely loves going to school at Stella Maris, in fact when we asked him last week how his day was, he spontaneously replied 'I love school'! This was a far cry from the summer, when he didn't even want to talk about starting school. He had a wobble going in on his own on his first day, but since then he's enjoyed every day.   We're really happy with the teaching staff. They're happy to take questions and we feel comfortable when raising concerns".

"I would just like to say how welcoming all members of the school have been since Olive started in the Imps class this year. She has spoken fondly of not just her own teachers but also the wider support and teaching staff throughout the school. Despite the current restrictions and protocols in place the school has been able to maintain a friendly and welcoming environment which Olive enjoys coming into each day. In her short time at Stella Maris she has already made lots of friends, covered many different topics in a fun way and is looking forward to continuing her journey at the school".


"My son started reception class this year and we have not doubted our choice of Stella Maris School for a second.  He has settled in beautifully and bounces in every morning, which means I don’t worry.  The credit for this lies with the lovely staff and other parents as well as good communication between all.  We couldn’t be happier, and I am super picky!

If, like me, you believe that truly effective learning comes easily when the children are in an inclusive, loving, caring and respectful environment then this is the school for you."



Admission Policies and Key Information

Admissions - Reception 2021

Admissions for Reception places for September 2021 have now been offered.  If you have not already applied for a school place for your child for September 2021 - or wish your child to be placed on our wait list,  please contact Kent Admissions for more information.    


Any further queries, please contact:-

01303 252127 Option 2




Statement on the Variation to Admission Arrangements due to COVID-19

Admission Arrangements September 2022-July 2023