The admissions process can be quite daunting. If you are wondering if Dymchurch is the right school for your child, the best way to find out is to come and visit us. We would love to meet you and would welcome the opportunity to show you around.
We hold a series of open mornings in the Autumn term but we are also really flexible if you are unable to make these dates. Please telephone the School Office on 01303 872377, or email email@example.com to book an appointment.
The Board of Trustees of OCMAT is the admissions authority for all schools within the Trust. For full details of our admissions policy criteria, please see our Admissions Arrangements Policy.
Admission Arrangement Policy
How to apply
Although we are an Academy, the Local Authority manage the admissions process on our behalf. Details on how to apply are in the Kent Guide to applying for a primary school in Kent.
If you still have questions regarding admissions you can contact the KCC Admissions team on 03000 41 21 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
When to apply
You need to apply on-line within a specific window each year (usually November to January prior to the September your child is due to start school). The Local Authority then allocate places at schools each year according to the published admissions criteria.
If your child is not yet close to school age or you are unable to visit just yet you can complete our Register of Interest Form and return it to us at school. Although this does not guarantee you a place it will let us know that you are considering us as one of your choices and once open mornings are set and it's time for you to apply for a school place formally, we will contact you.
If you applied for a place a Dymchurch but were not offered one, you have a right to appeal against the Local Authority’s decision. As well as appealing you can also add your name to the school held waiting list by contacting the school office.
Accepting your school place
You will be notified by KCC in April, prior to the September your child is due to start school, of your school offer. You should read the offer letter carefully and in particular adhere to dates for accepting or refusing an offer.
Once you have accepted your offer to Dymchurch, both you and your child will be invited to visit the school during the summer terms for transition sessions and information meetings, both in school time and after school, to help integrate your child and ensure that their start to school life goes smoothly.
In year applications
If you are looking for a place in either Reception or years 1 to 6 for your child during the academic year, you need to apply by completing an In Year Admission Form. Once completed, please return it to the school office. You are also welcome to call us to find out if we have any school places available and - if necessary - be added to our school held waiting list.
Transfer at 11
Children leaving Dymchurch 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 directly from the schools concerned. The schools also hold open days when your child is in year 5, giving you plenty of time to gather information before making your decisions.