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Pilgrims' Way Primary School Admissions Arrangements

Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting prospect. Pilgrims’ Way is a growing school close to local Secondary Schools. Children are admitted according to the Kent County Council Admission Procedure. If you are wondering if Pilgrims’ Way School is right for your child, the best way to find out is to come and visit us.

Please telephone the School Office on 01227 760084, or email for a convenient appointment.

Children are able to come to school at the beginning of the school year in which they will turn 5 years of age. Special arrangements are made to ease their start in school. These are publicised at the Year R parents meeting in the Summer term prior to school entry. 

As Pilgrims' Way Primary School is an increasingly popular school looking to expand, we are currently offering places in all year groups. Please contact the school office directly for further information.

We also admit children from the age of three to our nursery which has a capacity of up to 60 children.

Admissions Criteria 2023 - 2024

Pilgrims' Way Admissions Arrangements 2023-24

Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with a statement of special educational need or Education (SSEN), Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly.

Students will be admitted to the Reception Class before their fifth birthday. Usually, children will enter the Reception Class at the start of the academic year (September 2023 – August 2024) that they have their fifth birthday.

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, 16 April 2024).

You need to submit your appeal before Tuesday 14 May 2024 for it to be considered by Tuesday 16 July 2024. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

 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

The published admission number of admissions for year commencing September 2024 will be:

  • Pilgrims’ Way Primary School - 60 pupils

In the event of over subscription, the following criteria apply in the following order of priority:

1. Looked after Children and previously Looked After Children – A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.

A previously looked after child means such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after and those children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

2. A brother or sister attending Pilgrims’ Way Primary School when the child starts. In this context, ‘brother or sister’, means a child who lives as a brother or sister in the same house, including natural brothers and sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers and sisters and foster brothers and sisters.

3. Health and Special Access Reasons – 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 Pilgrims’ Way Primary 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 this 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 Pilgrims’ Way Primary School.

4. Nearness of children's homes to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody. When we apply the distance criterion for the school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

5.The tie-breaker for all arrangements will be distance. In a tie breaker situation the proximity of an applicant’s home to the school will be the decider. If in the event that more than one applicant lives the same distance from home to the academy (as measured by the local authority), then a random selection will be applied and independently supervised.

Applications for entrance into any school within Veritas Multi Academy Trust should be made through Kent Primary Admissions Scheme. You will be required to complete the Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) either online through the KCC website or by completing a paper form available from October 2021 at Kent primary schools or the Local Authority Admissions Office. The application process will open in early November.

Late applications will be placed on a waiting list and places allocated based on the above criteria.

After a place has been offered, the school reserves the right to withdraw the place in the following circumstances:

  1. When a parent has failed to respond to an offer within a reasonable time.
  2. When a parent has failed to notify the academy of important changes to the application information.
  3. The admission authority offered the place on the basis of a fraudulent or intentionally misleading application from a parent.

If you have not been offered a place you can request to be placed on the school’s waiting list. The school’s waiting list will be re-ranked, in line with the published oversubscription criteria, every time a child is added.

Parents of Reception age children have the right of deferment of entry or to take the place up part-time, until the term in which the child reaches compulsory school age. Parents should contact the headteacher to discuss a request to take up a place part-time or for a deferment.

Parents are entitled to request admission outside of the normal age group. If this is the case they must state this clearly at point of application.  Parents should contact the headteacher to discuss and submit a request for admission out of the normal age group, but should continue to make an application for their child’s normal age group at the usual time. The decision on their request will be made prior to any offers of admission. If a request is agreed, the application for admission to their normal age group will be withdrawn and a new application must be made the following year.

When and how to apply

If your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020  you should be applying for a place in a Reception class in September 2024.

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.

Online application opens in November and close in January with children starting in the following September.

Children are admitted according to the Kent County Council Admission Procedure. Information can be found online at

Reception Intake 2024

Do you have a child born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020?

You will be able to apply for a school place online at from

Friday 3rd November 2023 - Monday 15th January 2024.


Starting School

Reception children attend school initially on a part-time basis and then move to full time following discussions between parents and the class teacher. The school day begins at 8:45am and ends at 3:15pm.

Changing Schools

If you wish to apply for a place for a child at Pilgrims’ Way Primary School after the school year has started, please complete an in year casual admission form (see the link below). The completed form can be brought into the school office, posted to us or emailed to

Transfer of pupils to Secondary Education

There is a meeting for Year 6 parents in the Autumn term to explain the procedure for entry to Secondary education. In the Summer term Year 7 tutors from the local Secondary schools come into school to meet their new children and liaise with year 6 teachers. There is also an opportunity for children to visit their new Secondary Schools in July.

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.

Useful information to help you

More information can be found on the Kent County Council webiste on the link below: