Reception Places - September 2024
Admissions for Reception September 2024
During the Autumn Terms, Kent County Council will begin to share information with us for the admission process and timescales for Reception spaces for September 2024. As soon as this information is available we will share via these web pages.
We are delighted to confirm that we have two open events planned for the late Autumn term as follows:-
Thursday 16th November - 9.30 a.m. until 11.00 a.m. Headteacher presentation at 10.00 a.m.
Thursday 23rd November - 5.00 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. Headteacher presentation at 5.45 p.m.
For any queries regarding Stella Maris Admissions or if you would like to preregister for these events, please email the address below:-
01303 252127 Option 2
Useful early information for applying for school spaces:-
You must also complete the Kent County Council (or other Council if resident in another county) Reception Common Application Form (SCAF) and either return that to your child's primary school or make an electronic application at: www.kent.gov.uk/ola by 15th January 2024.
Please read the Admissions Policy and Procedure which can be found on the school’s website here
Please also ensure that you have read the school’s Privacy Notice, which can be found on the school’s website here
Please return Supplementary Information Form to the Admissions Officer at the school (not Kent County Council). For Year R entry in September 2024 please return this form to the school no later than 15 January 2024 in order that we may rank your application.
If applicable you must send a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and/or Other Faith Reference, to the Admissions Officer at the school along with this completed form.
Please note failure to submit on time your completed Supplementary Information form when applying for a Catholic school place may result in your application not being placed in the correct category and could result in you not receiving an offer of a place.
In Year or Casual Applications
Applications made too late for the Kent co-ordinated system, In-year applications for year R and applications for entry to years 1-6 must be made on the IYCAF (In -Year and Casual application Form) available on school websites. The same policy and procedure (apart from the timetable) applies to these applications. This form must be sent to the school’s Admissions Officer with this supplementary information form.
Please note that if you are not offered a place and submit an appeal, a copy of this form will be submitted to the Appeal Panel. Further information can be found below.
Kent County Council Appeal Process
The guidance from Kent County Council about the appeal process can be found on their website at the following links:-
If you are unhappy with the school place you've been offered, you can appeal for any of the schools you named in your application.
We recommend you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your appeal and will guarantee your child has a school place if your appeal is unsuccessful. If your appeal is successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.
If you weren't offered your chosen school, this is usually because the school is full and there were other children who more closely met the school’s oversubscription criteria.
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Tuesday 16th April 2024).
You must submit your appeal before Tuesday 14th May 2024 for it to be considered. Further information on timescales will be set out on these pages ahead of National Offer Day.
For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.