At Westmeads we follow the admissions criteria set out by Kent County Council. In line with government legislation, this limits class numbers to a maximum of 30 children. The school's Pupil Admissions Numbers (PAN) is 180 for the school overall; 60 children in each year group.
We are aware that the admissions process can be quite daunting. If you have any questions regarding admissions and you are unable to find the answer below or if you just need reassurance, please contact the school office. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 you a place, it will let us know that you are considering Westmeads as one of your choices and once tour dates are set and it is time for you to apply for a school place formally, we will contact you.
My child is already in school but I am 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?
We will not be running in-school tours this year due to the current situation; however we have produced a 'virtual school tour' for you to view. We also recommend having a look through our website to get a feel of our school.
Family 3+ Club.
You can come along to our Family 3+ Club in Terms 5 and 6, if you have a child aged 3 and over. The club will run on Wednesdays from 1.45-2.45pm in Term 5 and 6 only with Mrs Frattaroli.
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.
The school does not have a catchment area - places are allocated by the Local Authority according to the KCC Admission Criteria. Places will be allocated in the following priority order:
- Children in Local Authority Care or previously in Local Authority Care or from September 2021, Internationally Adopted Previously Looked After Children.
- Current family association*
- Children with Medical/Health and Special Access needs
- Nearness of children’s homes to school.
* Siblings must be attending the school at the same time to qualify.
These criteria are also used in the over-subscription process.
Please click here for more information on our admissions criteria.
My child has been offered a place. What do I do next?
If you applied for a place at school for entry September 2020, you will be notified by KCC on the 16th April 2020 after 4pm. 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.
- Your offer letter
- Your child's birth certificate
- Proof of address for you showing residence at the closing date of 16th January 2020
- Proof of address for your child showing residence at the closing date of 16th January 2020
I am unhappy with the school I've been offered
If you are unhappy with the school place you have been offered, you can appeal for any of the schools you named in your original application. Please click here for further information on the appeals process.
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: autism, hearing impairment and 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.
For further information with regards to Admissions arrangements for children with SEND, please click here.
Please contact us for further information.