The admissions process can be quite daunting. The first thing we would like to say is that if ever you have any questions regarding admissions and you are unable to find the answer below or if you just need reassurance, please call us! We are here for you and we are always happy to help.
Please click here for a link to the Kent County Council parent guide for applying for school places.
My child is not yet close to school age how can I register my interest?
All you need to do is download the "Preliminary Application form" and return it to us. Click here to download the form. Although this does not guarantee a place at Westmeads, it will let us know that you are considering Westmeads as one of your choices and once tour dates are set and it's time for you to apply for a school place formally, we will contact you.
My child is already in school and I'm looking for a place at Westmeads.
If you are looking for a place in either Reception Year, Year 1 or Year 2 for your child during the academic year you need to apply by completing a "In-Year Admission" form. Click here to download the form. Once completed please return to the school office marked Admissions Officer. You are also invited to call us at school to find out if we have any school places.
Can I visit the school before I apply?
Yes, we want to meet you and your child/children! Around October each year we organise tours for you to come and see the school, meet the Head teacher, staff and children. Tour dates are displayed here but please call us to book a place as we want you to have lots of time and opportunity to make the most of your visit so we limit places on each tour.
Dates of tours
Monday, 8th October at 1.45pm
Wednesday, 10th October at 11.00am
Friday, 12th October at 9.30am
Tuesday, 16th October at 11.00am
Wednesday, 17th October at 9.30am
Monday 5th November at 1.45pm
Thursday, 8th November at 11am
Tuesday, 13th November at 1.45pm.
To book a tour of the school please:
Family 3+ Club.
You can also come along to our Family 3+ Club if you have a child aged 3 and over. The club runs on Mondays from 1.45-2.45pm. (please note the club is not running in Term 1)
You will be given the opportunity to meet staff at the school who are on hand to answer questions regarding starting school. A member of our well-being team reads to your children in the Family Room to give you an opportunity to meet other parents and carers over a cup of tea or coffee.
How can I find out about other schools in the area?
We are very fortunate around Whitstable to have so many wonderful schools. You can find more information on the link below about all of the schools in our area and how to contact them and you are always welcome to contact us and we will put you in contact with the other schools.
The Local Authority offer places using the KCC Admission Criteria. Places are offered to children taking into consideration:
If you still have questions regarding admissions please contact KCC Admissions team on 03000 41 21 21 or email email@example.com
My child has been offered a place. What do I do next?
If you applied for a place at school for entry September 2017, you will be notified by KCC on the 18th April 2017. You must read the offer letter carefully and in particular adhere to dates for accepting / refusing an offer. If you wish to accept the offer, please bring the documents listed below. Schools are only able to offer you the place providing you bring all of these documents before the closing date.
I applied for a place at Westmeads but was not offered a place.
You have a right to appeal against the Local Authority and Westmeads decision. If you have been unsuccessful at gaining a place at the New Intake Reception Year, you can appeal online here.
My child is moving up to Junior School
Applications will have the same launch dates and closing dates as those for Infant/Primary Schools but they will be worded slightly differently. You can find more information on the links below!
My child has Special Educational Needs
At Westmeads we can make provision for every kind of frequently occurring special educational need without an Education, Health and Care Plan, for instance dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language needs, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, learning difficulties and social, mental health and emotional difficulties. The staff has a wealth of experience when dealing with many different types of special educational need and will always give its best endeavours to meet the needs of all pupils.
The school also currently endeavours to meet the needs of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan with the following kinds of special educational need: cerebral palsy, visual or hearing impairment, severe and profound speech and language disorder. Decisions on the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan are made by the Local Authority.
The admission arrangements for pupils without an Education, Health and Care Plan do not discriminate against or disadvantage disabled children or those with special educational needs.
Please contact us for further information.