How to Join Briary
Applying for a Primary School Place
Kent Count Council are encouraging parents to apply online for their primary school places; parents will need to go to www.kent.gov.uk/ola to apply online, or they may wish to download and print off RCAF Form which needs to be returned to Admissions (see address below). Applications open on Monday 5th November for primary or infant school places (reception year) – if your child was born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015. The DEADLINE for applications is 15th January 2019. Application results will be returned to parents on 16th April 2019. Further information from KCC is available here.
Before your child starts school for the first time
We would like you to see the school in action. There’s a lot we need to talk about with you before your child can start school and make sure you know about our various policies and procedures. We try to cover this in one general meeting with parents, a series of visits for the children and individual meetings between parents and teachers. Children attending Briary Pre-School will already have had many informal visits. Parents will be sent dates, times and other details early in the summer term. It is expected that all parents whose children are offered places will attend meetings, because if you know exactly how the school works, there’s less chance of something going wrong later. It’s also a chance to meet many of the people working for the children of Briary School.
When your child starts school
In September 2018, the children were admitted into two classes, Marmaduke and Elmer Class. The September entrants attend school on a morning’s only basis for the first week. This year they started from Monday 11th September and stayed for lunchtime, leaving at 1.00pm. In their second week they start full time. However, if you as parents, or we as a school, feel that any child is not yet ready for full days, they will remain part time with parental agreement.
In Year Admissions
If you would like your child to come to Briary School during the academic year, then the first thing to do is to give us a ring or drop an email to the school. Details of which are on our home page. Our Headteacher Mr McDonagh is very happy to show parents around the school, so that they can make an informed decision. If your child is pre-school age, then we maintain a list of prospective pupils, being on this list ensures we contact you with the necessary details to apply formally. If your child is of school age then you will need to complete a Kent County Council In Year Casual Application form (IYCAF) and return it to Briary School. This form can be obtained from any Kent primary school, including of course our own school office, or you can download one here. We currently have 2 classes of 30 children in each school year group from Reception through to year 6, with a maximum of 60 places in total in each year. For details of oversubscription criteria please see our School Admissions Policy, which reflects KCC guidelines. Primary Admissions in Kent have now been returned to schools in order to offer any available places directly to parents. However, if you have any queries that schools are unable to answer, then you can contact Admissions at:-
Admissions Room 2.24 Sessions House County Hall Maidstone Kent ME14 1XQ
We hope this helps, but of course you are always welcome to just give us a call!