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The best possible start to primary education


Brabourne Church of England Primary is a small, rural school, focused on a broad curriculum and taking advantage of its idyllic location to offer lots of outdoor learning. With outstanding teachers who strive to make learning exciting and inspiring, our pupils love to come to school and achieve fantastic academic results too. Our Early Years teacher won the Ashford Primary School teacher of the year, so your child will be in great hands! The school is just ten minutes from Junction 10, but in the heart of the countryside.

Please contact the school to book a tour and see the school in action. You will have the chance to meet the Headteacher and ask any questions.

Applying for Reception year

If your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, they will be due to start school in September 2024.

You can apply for up to 3 schools, putting them in order of preference. It’s in your best interests to list 3 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.

You can apply between Friday 3 November 2023 and midnight on Monday 15 January 2024.

Primary school places – Kent County Council

If the school is over-subscribed, we follow KCC Primary determined arrangements.

In brief, the following criteria will be applied in this order:

  • Children in Local Authority care
  • Current family association ie sibling
  • Health and special access reason
  • Nearness of home to school

To apply for a place at a Primary School for your child for September 2023 you will need to complete a special form called a Common Application Form (RCAF form for short).

We would strongly recommend that you apply online at:

Primary school places – Kent County Council

Please read through the Admission to Primary School Information Booklet carefully before filling in your RCAF. This booklet is available on the KCC Admissions website – see link below:

  1. You will need to be very clear about which school you want as your first preference.
  2. You should complete only one Common Application Form per child.
  3. You will need to fill in the forms online by midnight on Monday 16 January 2023 or return your completed paper copies of RCAF to Brabourne CE Primary School.
  4. Forms received after this date will be considered as a late application (please read Admissions to Primary School Information Booklet for further advice). If you apply online, a paper RCAF must not be submitted and vice versa.

Online applications will receive an email in April 2024 advising parents with an offer of a Primary School place. Letters of notification of a place will also be sent out, including those who have applied online. Only parents who apply online can receive their offer of notification via email, parents who apply on paper will need to wait for their formal letter.

You will then need to inform the school in writing as to whether you will accept the place or not. At this point, if your child is offered a place at Brabourne CE Primary School, you will need to come into the School with proof of the address of the only or main residence of your child. This will need to be in the form of the following documents: a child tax and working tax credit letter (TC602), the child’s medical card or a letter from a medical centre, hospital or GP to confirm the child’s residence, a letter from the child’s nursery or playgroup or a bank statement of a savings account in the child’s name AND a utility bill OR a bank or credit card statement.

These documents should not be more than three months old and preferably should show that the child was resident at the address at the time of the closing date of midnight on Monday 15 January 2024. We will need to see these documents for every child being admitted (even those who have siblings at the school already). If you are unable to provide the above documents, to prove your child’s only or main residence, the local Authority has the right to take your child’s place away.

Applying for In-Year Admission

If your child is already at primary school and you want to move them to this school, you need to apply. This is called an in-year admission.

You should initially contact us to see if there is space in the relevant year group. If there is, you should visit (perhaps with your child) and discuss the move. We strongly recommend you keep your child’s current school informed. If there is not a space, you can ask to be placed on a waiting list. If a space comes up, we will contact you. If a space comes up with more than one child on the waiting list for that space, we will follow KCC Primary determined arrangements.

If you have any queries about the Admissions process, please ring the School. You can also contact the Kent Admissions Team on 01622 696565 or visit their website: KCC Primary Admissions.