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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 Academy Trust, as Stella Maris is part of the Kent Catholic Schools Partnership.  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.  Further information regarding our oversubscription criteria can be found in the documents below.


For any admission enquiries, please contact:-


Melanie Tidd

Office Manager

01303 252127 Option 2








In Year Admissions - September 2021 - July 2022

If you would like to apply to Stella Maris Catholic Primary School for an In-Year-Admission, you must complete the IYAF Form below and return to the school office with our Supplementary Information Form (SIF).  


Parents will be notified of the outcome of their application in writing within 15 school days although we will always aim to notify parents within 10 school days.


At Stella Maris, we maintain a clear, fair, and objective waiting list in line with our oversubscription criteria for that year.   If we are unable to offer your child a place at the time of application, we will offer to hold your details on our wait list for any future spaces that become available.     We will hold a copy of your In-Year-Admission form and Supplementary Form in order that each child is ranked in line with the published oversubscription criteria.


Where more than one child is on the wait list against the same criteria, we will always obtain accurate distance information from Kent County Council to ensure fairness.


The oversubscription criteria summary for September 2021 - July 2022 is :-


  1. Catholic Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care

  2. Baptised members of the Catholic Church with a brother or sister in the school at the time of entry

  3. Other baptised members of the Catholic Church

  4. Other looked after children, and other previously looked after children

  5. The presence of a brother or a sister in the school at the time of entry;

  6. Distance from home to school. In the event of any of the above criteria being oversubscribed, priority will be given based on distance, with the closest being given higher priority.  In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.


Full explanation of the terms for the above can be found in our prospectus of Admissions Code for this year.


Please follow the PDF links below to complete the necessary forms.   



Admissions - Reception 2022

Admissions for Reception places for September 2022 open this autumn.  We are looking forward to welcoming prospective parents to look around the school on Thursday 25th November 2021.  Our Open Morning will run from 9.30 a.m. until 11.30 a.m. and our Open Evening will run from 5.30 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.  


To enquire about these events, please contact:-


Melanie Tidd

Office Manager

01303 252127 Option 2




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."



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

Admission Policies and Key Information