Cliftonville Primary and Pre-School is an excellent school the children are happy and thriving. Brilliant school, fabulous staff, great senior leadership team = a happy child! The dedication and hard work from the entire school team is outstanding and clear to see. I think you've all been amazing throughout the years, just want to so say thankyou & we appreciate everything you do for all of us . We love the school and are so impressed with all of the staff who work so hard constantly it is greatly appreciated by the children and parents and carers thank you. Presence of Teachers and caretakers at pick up and drop off really help you feel safe. The well-being of the pupils is outstanding. It is a lovely school with a welcoming feel and a positive atmosphere. Highly visible leadership team. A feeling of pride in the school. Supportive school for both parents and children. As parents we feel really proud that our son comes to such a great school, which we knew was fabulous whether OFSTED told us o


Open Day for year R and Pre-School places for September 2024


We are really looking forward to welcoming any prospective parents to our school.

Ms Whichcord, Head teacher, and members of our Senior Leadership Team are also very happy to meet any parents individually if they are unable the Open Day.


The office can be contacted by telephone: 01843 227575 or by email:


Applying for a school place for our Reception classes September 2024


We admit 120 pupils into each year group.  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.



Confirmation of place in Reception September 2024

When you receive confirmation that your child has a place at CPS for September 2024 you need to post or scan your evidence in and email it to


Summer born admissions- further guidance


Most children start school in the September following their 4th birthday, they do not reach Compulsory School Age (CSA) until the term after their 5th birthday. For children who are under CSA, once a place has been accepted, parents/guardians can decide for their child to start a pattern of part time attendance or a delayed start until later in the school year. The Admissions Code makes clear that this is a parent/guardian’s decision. The below table demonstrates when a child can delay entry until, based on their date of birth:



May start school full or part-time from

Must start school full-time no later than

1st Sept 2018 – 31st Dec 2018

September 2023

January 2024

1st Jan 2019 – 31st Mar 2019

September 2023

April 2024

(Usually following the Easter Holidays)

1st Apr 2019 – 31st Aug 2019  

(also known as a Summer Born child)

September 2023

September 2024

(starting from Year 1)

While all children have the option to delay at least some of their first year of school, summer born children are different as they don’t reach CSA until the beginning of Year 1. This means that their parents/guardians can consider the following options:

  1. Apply for a Year R school place during 2023 main admissions round and start in September 2023 aged 4.
  2. Apply for a Year R school place during 2023 main admissions round and delay entry until the child reaches CSA or the after the beginning of the final term in April 2024. After April, the child must start school in order to retain their Year R place. Parents/guardians may also wish for their child to start school on a part time basis before they reach CSA.
  3. Apply for a Year 1 school place through the 2024 In-Year Admission process and start in September 2024.
  4. Request to be considered for an application outside the normal point of entry to the school’s admission authority, starting from Reception Year in September 2024. While the School Admissions Code allows parents/guardians to decide to use options 1,2 and 3, they are required to request agreement for this option and you will have to complete a similar process when their child transfers to a new school, including Secondary school, or to Junior school where they currently attend an Infant school.


Upon receipt of a request for a summer born child to be educated outside of their normal age group, the following steps will be taken: 

  1. Please read the DfE’s parental advice.
  2. Make contact with the school to obtain information and advice from teachers about the provisions and support available; helping them decide if delaying entry to school would be in their child’s best interests.
  3. To apply for a Year R school place during 2023 main admissions round and start in September 2023 while their request is being considered. This ensures a place will be available for the child if the request is not upheld. Applications are open between 4 November 2022 – 16 January 2023 at
  4. Provide the opportunity for parents/guardians to provide supporting evidence with their request if they wish, to be considered by the school’s admission authority.
  5. Contact made with the school’s admission authority to make an informed decision based on the information and evidence provided. The admission authority may wish to hold a decision-making panel with relevant professionals and the parent/guardian(s) to hear the circumstances of the case. The admission authority must consider the views of the headteacher.  
  6. The admission authority must notify the parent/guardian of the decision in writing, explaining the reasons why the request was accepted or refused, by National Offer Day on Monday 17th April 2023.
  1. If the request is agreed admissions authorities will advise the parent/guardian of the following:
    1. Withdraw their current application.
    2. Apply during next year’s admission round for entry to Year R September 2024 using a Summer Born Application form attaching written agreement from the admission authority of each school named as a preference. Please email to request the form. Applications will open in November 2023. Please note, if the request is accepted this does not guarantee the child a place and the parent/guardian must still make an application during the 2023 main admissions round which will be assessed solely in line with the school’s oversubscription criteria.
    3. The decision does not bind any other admission authorities and so the parent/guardian will need to reapply separately for education out of year group to any other schools.
    4. The parent/guardian will need to re-apply for education out of year group ahead of moving to a new school, such as transition to a Junior or Secondary school.
  1. If the request is refused admissions authorities should advise the parent/guardian of the following:
    1. The parent/guardian will receive an offer of a school place on National Offer Day (Monday 17th April 2023) to start from Year R in their normal age group in September 2023. The parent/guardian must accept or refuse this offer.
    1. Alternatively, the parent/guardian can delay their child’s entry until September 2024 starting in Year 1 by withdrawing their current application and completing an In Year Application form to their preferred school(s) during the summer of 2024.
    2. If the parent/guardian is unhappy with the decision, they do not have a statutory right of appeal, but the admission authority should ensure parents/guardians are directed to the relevant complaints’ procedure.

Admission Appeals

Kent LA appeals

DfE admissions code


Timetable for appeals


Admission authorities must set a timetable for organising and hearing appeals that:

  • Includes a deadline for lodging appeals. The deadline must allow appellants at least 20 school days from the date of notification that their application was unsuccessful to prepare and lodge their written appeal (during coronavirus, this is now at least 28 calendar days’ written notice - please see the first section above)
  • Gives appellants at least 10 school days’ notice of their appeal hearing (during coronavirus, this is now at least 14 calendar days’ written notice - please see the first section above)
  • Includes reasonable deadlines for appellants to submit additional evidence, for admission authorities to submit their evidence, and for the clerk to send appeal papers to the panel and parties
  • Ensures that decision letters are sent within 5 school days of the hearing, wherever possible (during coronavirus, letters are now to be sent within 7 calendar days of the hearing or panel decision - please see the first section above)

Appeals timetables must be published by admission authorities on their website by 28 February each year.

Here are the deadlines for hearing different types of appeals: 


Type of appealDeadline for hearing appeal
Applications made in the normal admissions roundWithin 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
Late applicationsWithin 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged
Applications to sixth forms where the offer of a place was conditional upon exam resultsWithin 30 school days of confirmation of those results
Applications to sixth forms where the offer of a place was not conditional upon exam resultsWithin 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals
Applications for in-year admissionsWithin 30 school days of the appeal being lodged

Any appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline must still be heard, in accordance with whatever timescale is set out in the timetable published by the admission authority.

This information is set out in paragraphs 2.1-2.4 of the school admission appeals code, linked to above.


Membership of appeal panels


Admission authorities must appoint a clerk to the appeal panel "who is independent of the school and the education functions of the LA".

The admission authority, or the clerk acting on the authority’s behalf, must appoint an independent appeal panel consisting of:

  • A chair
  • At least one lay person (this can include governors or other volunteers from other schools, but not anyone with personal experience in school management or provision of education)
  • At least one person with experience of education (this can include people who are acquainted with educational conditions in the LA, or parents of registered pupils at school)

Panel members may not be:

  • Members of the LA
  • Members or former members of the school’s governing board
  • Employed by the LA or school
  • Connected to the admission authority in a way that might raise doubts about their impartiality

A person cannot sit on a panel unless they've attended the training required by the admission authority arranging the appeal.

Applying for a school place for our Pre-School classes 2024-2025

If you have a child who is 3 years old before 31st August 2024, you will be entitled to receive free 15 hours per week at our Pre-School. We are also offering up to 30 hours childcare if eligible.


If you would like your child to attend our Pre-School please leave your details with our school office staff.  They will be able to let you know of any availability and the waiting list process.

What happens when we can't offer a place due to being oversubscribed?



Cliftonville Primary School is an academy with the Coastal Academies Trust.  Academies are their own admissions authority (rather than the Local Authority having this duty).  Academies must meet all of the mandatory provisions of the School Admissions Code.  As an academy, we are committed to a fair and transparent admissions policy.  This includes appeals, which are carried out on our behalf by the Local Authority.  You will need to contact the Local Authority if you wish to make an appeal.

Click on this link below that will direct you to the correct section on Kent's website.



Waiting lists

If you wish for your child’s name to be added to the waiting list, please contact the school office. Places are allocated according to our admissions criteria which means that your child’s ranking on the waiting list may change.  Please note that at the end of the three seasonal terms (Autumn/Spring/Summer) all applicants will be removed from the waiting list. At the start of the following seasonal term, should you still want a place, you will have to re-apply to this school in order for your child to be placed on the waiting list.  Due to the volume of children on the waiting list the school will not issue reminders to parents to re-apply.


If you are having trouble finding a school in the area with spaces, please contact Kent County Council on 0300 333 6472 and ask to speak to the In Year Admissions Team.