Pupils are admitted to school in accordance with the School Admissions Policy. The Common Application Form, which is available from the Office, should be completed. This should be returned to County by the deadline indicated on the form.
Places will be allocated according to the School criteria in priority order:
- Children in the care of Kent County Council.
- Current family association (i.e. elder brother or sister in the school at the time of entry).
- Denominational preference (supplementary admission form will need to be completed).
- Health and Special Access reasons (for which a medical certificate for the child may be needed).
- Nearness of children’s homes and ease of access to schools.
The admissions policy is reviewed annually by the Governing Body. The Foundation Stage children start school, following a home visit, over a period of two weeks with half arriving the first week and the second group in the next week when the class is then complete. The ‘staggered entry’ enables the teacher to focus on individuals who require more
support at this important time.
By law children are required to attend school from the beginning of term following their fifth
birthday. Children of the appropriate age who move into the area may join the school subject to availability of places (the maximum number in any one National Curriculum year group is 20).
For full admission criteria please see our admissions policy.
If your child is due to start primary school in 2019 you can appeal between 16 April and 21 May 2019 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by 23 July 2019. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.
It is a great help, particularly to the children’s confidence, if, by the time they start school, they are able to:
- go to the toilet without assistance
- use a knife, fork and spoon
- dress and undress themselves
- understand and obey simple verbal instructions
On the first day of school it would be useful for you to bring your child into school and for them to have:
- a named PE kit
- fruit for morning playtime
- a named lunchbox, if they are having packed lunches, with favourite packed items so that there is nothing new for them to cope with at lunchtime
Your child’s next school
At the age of eleven all children transfer to secondary school. The local authority will send parents particulars of all the options open to them at the end of Year 5. A Year 6 parents evening is held in the Autumn term at school to provide helpful information to parents about the transfer process. Parents will also be invited to attend an individual interview with the Class Teacher to discuss each child and their appropriate placement in a secondary school.
In order to ease the transfer to secondary school each child’s abilities and progress are discussed with the school concerned. Secondary teachers visit Temple Ewell School and the children before they transfer. Most pupils spend a day in their secondary school before they start in the September. All secondary schools hold open days/evenings where parents may visit each school and talk with staff. These evenings are co-ordinated to enable parents to visit as many schools as they wish.
In recent years children from Temple Ewell School have transferred to the following schools:
- Dover Christ Church Academy
- Dover Grammar School for Boys
- Astor College for the Arts
- Dover Grammar School for Girls
- Dover College
- St Edmunds R C Comprehensive School