If your child is due to start primary school in September 2015, you have until Thursday 15 Jan to apply for a place

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IMPORTANT NEWS from Medway Council : Home Schools and education Admissions

This is a resume of the information, for contact numbers and links please go to this Medway Council link

Admissions

Apply online for a school place
Please check the information below first to see which application processes are currently open. Do it quickly, do it efficiently, do it online
Information about choosing a school in Medway

If you are unable to find the information you require on this and the related pages, the Student Services Department is happy to offer you further advice and answer your questions on how to apply for school places for your child.
Online applications – when to apply?
Admission to schools in September 2016 – consultation
Admission to schools in September 2015
Admission to schools in academic year 2014/15
In-year / casual admissions
Appeals
Things to consider when choosing a school
Which year group is my child in?
List of Medway schools and Academies with their website addresses (pdf 16kb)
Key Dates:

Primary – 2015 Admissions
school applications open Monday 15 September 2014, 9am
school applications close (national date) Thursday 15 January 2015, 4pm
school offer day (national date) Thursday 16 April 2015
Secondary – 2015 Admissions
Medway Test registration opens Monday 9 June 2014, 9am
Medway Test registration closes Friday 4 July 2014, 4pm
school applications open Monday 8 September 2014, 9am
school applications close (national date) Friday 31 October 2014, 4pm
school offer day (national date) Monday 2 March 2015
Online applications for a school place – when to apply?

Registration for the Medway Test (for admission to secondary school in September 2015) has now closed
Secondary admission applications for September 2015 are now closed
Primary admissions applications for September 2015 are open and close on Thursday 15 January 2015, 4pm

You cannot apply online outside of these times. You will need to complete a paper application form.
Phone the Student Services-Admissions Team on 01634 33 11 10 for further advice.
Online applications and Medway Test registrations can be made on the Medway Online Admissions System during the open periods.
We recommend that you read the relevant school admissions booklet and other information available to you before submitting your application.
Before starting your application, please ensure that you have read and understood the Terms and conditions for the use of Medway Online Applications.
Admission to schools in September 2015

The admission processes for entry to school in September 2015 are now underway. Please refer to the key dates above relating to the appropriate admission processes for your child.
If you are a Medway resident (i.e. your Council Tax is paid to Medway), then you must apply through Medway Council. If you live outside Medway you will need to contact your home local authority (LA) (such as Kent County Council).
We suggest that you read the relevant admission booklet and see further details on the below pages to help you with the process.
Secondary admissions 2015
Primary admissions 2015
If you wish to read the Medway co-ordinated admissions schemes and admission arrangements for the process for entry to school in September 2015, as well as the admission arrangements for individual schools and academies for the academic year 2015/16, please use this link.
2015 admissions arrangements.
Admission to school in academic year 2014/15

The main admission processes for 2014 admissions are now closed.
If you have not yet applied for or secured a school place for your child you will now need to apply as an in-year (casual) admissions, please contact the Student Services Operations Team on 01634 331155 for further advice.
If you wish to find out more about the admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria for individual schools and academies for the academic year 2014/2015, please use this link.
Admission to school in September 2014
In-Year (Casual) admissions

A Casual ‘In Year’ Admission is either for a new applicant who requires a place at a Medway School, a child who is currently being educated at home and now requires a Medway school place, or a child currently attending a Medway school who wishes to transfer. Entry is to year groups reception to year 11 during the academic year and outside of the normal transfer process for Year R, Year 3 and Year 7.
Casual admission applications for Medway schools and academies must be made either to Medway Council’s Student Services team on 01634 331155 or direct to the relevant school or academy where they have chosen to administer their own.
The following schools/academies are administering their own Casual Admissions:
Primary Schools:
Chattenden Primary School 01634 250861
English Martyrs Catholic Primary School 01634 718964
The Phoenix Junior Academy 01634 829009
St James CE Primary School 01634 270341
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School 01634 855783
St Michael’s RC Primary School 01634 832578
St Thomas More Primary School 01634 864701
The Academy at Woodlands 0300 065 8200
Secondary Schools:
Chatham Grammar School for Boys 01634 830083
Rainham School for Girls 01634 362746
Strood Academy 01634 717121
Rochester Grammar School for Girls 01634 843049
Thomas Aveling School 01634 844809
If you name a Medway grammar school on your application, arrangements will be made for your child to be assessed to determine if they are suitable for a grammar school education. This will normally be in the form of a test, but if your child has previously sat the Medway Test, we will seek for academic work to be reviewed. Please contact the Student Services (Admissions) Team for further advice.
For further information and an application form please contact Medway Council’s Student Services Operations Team on 01634 331155.
Appeals for Medway schools for September 2015 admissions

The planned appeals timetable for Medway Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for primary and junior admissions for September 2015 will be published by 28 February 2015.
For Medway Academies, Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools (primary and secondary), please refer to the individual school’s website for the details of their planned appeals timetable.
Things to consider when choosing a school

Families can face difficult decisions when looking to choose schools for their children. You may need to consider a number of different questions, including:
How close is the school to the child’s home or where is it located?
How big/small is the school?
What are the values and beliefs of the school?
You can contact schools to arrange an appointment to visit. You can also gather further information by looking at:
the school prospectus and website, which will have detailed information on the school
school performance information, which is available in the achievement and attainment tables compiled by Medway Council
details of recent school inspections can be obtained from the school or by using the Ofsted website.
Medway Council annual report on admissions

Each year Medway Council, along with all other local authorities, is required to produce and publish a report on that year’s admissions processes. This report is also submitted to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. You can read the report for this year here.
Medway Council 2014 annual admissions report (pdf 62KB)
To use any pdfs on this site, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have this on your computer, please use our advice page.
2015 admissions arrangementsPrimary admissions 2015Secondary admissions 2015Online school admissionsTerms and conditions2014 admission arrangements2011 admissionsWhich year group is my child?2016 Admissions arrangements

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