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Admission Arrangements 2019 - 2020


Benenden C E Primary School aims to be fully inclusive. To ensure that we can meet the needs of you and your family members we would like to ask that you provide us with information regarding any disability that may impact on how you or your child access the school.


For the academic year 2017-2018 all Reception children are offered the option of beginning school in September.  Specific details of the starting arrangements for this year’s reception class will be discussed with parents at the Induction afternoons with more information being contained in the School’s Starting School Booklet. If a family are unsuccessful in obtaining a place at Benenden Primary School, the parents can request that their child is kept on a waiting list should places become available. Applicants will be ranked in the same order as the published oversubscription criteria.

  1. Children in Local Authority Care
  2. Attendance at a linked school
  3. Current Family Association
  4. Health and Special Access Reasons
  5. Nearness of children’s homes to school

Full details of the above criteria can be found on the Kent County Council website.

Prospective parents are welcome to come and look around the school by appointment with Mrs Vickers, the school secretary.


Transfer to Secondary Education

Children at Benenden are in a position to transfer to a variety of secondary schools in West Kent and elsewhere at the end of Year 6.  Some parents choose to send their children to grammar school.

During May all children in Year 6 undertake SATs tests, and in the Autumn term Years 4, 5 and 6 take CAT tests, (Cognitive Ability Tests).  The results of these are monitored and help in our assessment of children’s abilities and progress.  These are nationally standardised tests.  Together with teachers’ assessments of children’s work, they form the basis for the school’s recommendation, where requested, as to the most suitable type of secondary education for each child.  Placement decisions are discussed in detail with parents and, for those whose parents who wish them to attend a grammar school, there are further standardised verbal, non-verbal and maths tests.

We take a great deal of time and care with this assessment process and try to ensure that parents are fully aware of the reasons behind the school’s recommendations.  Parents are invited to discuss these matters with the Headteacher at any time, and as often as parents feel is necessary, before the final decision is taken regarding a child’s transfer to secondary education.


Here is a link to the Kent County Council admissions page




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