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If you have a child who is due to start school in September 2021, or if you are thinking of moving your child from their current school, please contact Mrs Cox on 01233 812781 or by email to


We currently still have a few spaces for pupils joining  in the September 2020/2021 academic year for  Reception year. 




Please complete if you would like more information about pupil spaces at Lady Joanna Thornhill. Please include your child's DOB, current year group, your address and contact details

The information contained on this page should be read in conjuction with the KCC Admissions policy.


Online applications for a reception school place for 2020 open on 5th  November 2019 and close on 15th January 2020.  Alternatively you can submit a paper application by visiting the KCC primary admissions website and downloading a form. 

If you miss the deadline, you can submit a late application up until 6th May 2020, although you will only receive a school place offer in the second round of offers.


If you applied online KCC will email you on 16 April 2018 after 4pm to tell you which school you have been offered. They cannot guarantee the exact time you will receive your email, this will depend on your email service provider. 


You can also log in after 5pm on 16 April to view your offer online.  


If you receive an offer of a place at our school, please be aware that you must send back your form to us to accept or refuse the place by no later than 6th May.  If you are accepting your place, we will also require you to bring in the ID required on the acceptance form and also your child's birth certificate.


If you have applied to our school but have not received a place in the first round of offers you can apply to be placed on the waiting list for the second reallocation round of offers.  The deadline for applications for the waiting list is 6th May 2020.


The second round offers will be sent out on 10th June 2020, after which time we, as a school, will be responsible for our waiting list.  Any applications after this date must be made by completing a Primary In Year Common Application Form (IYCAF) and returning it to the school as soon as possible. 


If you applied by post KCC will send your offer by first class post on 16 April 2020.

Click on the links below to be redirected to the website.


Deferred Entry Admissions for Summer Born Children

Due to the growth in the demand that KCC is experiencing, from parents seeking to defer entry to primary or infant school for their summer born children, a new admissions form has been created.  This form sits alongside the Reception Common Application Form (RCAF) which is used to apply for a school place for September entry each year.
Parents who wish for their child to be admitted out of expected year group require a letter of agreement from the school detailing their consent to the request.  They must then complete the new Summer Born admission form and return it to our team along with the letter(s) of consent from the school(s) they have named.  The form should be completed when admissions are open for the year group they wish to apply to.  Parents who have deferred the entry of their summer born child are unable to apply using our online system.  
Please can you bring the new form to the attention of any parent who approaches you in relation to deferring their child’s admission to school.  It can be found on our website
If you have any queries in relation to the usage of the new form or the admission of summer born children out of expected year group please do not hesitate to contact us.


Starting School

Children reach compulsory school age at the beginning of term after their fifth birthday. The children due to be admitted in any academic year are those born between 1st September and the following 31st August. Each school decides as a matter of policy when to admit four year old. In coming to a decision the Headteacher has to take account of the number of teachers, class sizes and the accommodation at the school.


Admissions Policy

In line with Kent County Council’s commitment to open enrollment, Lady Joanna Thornhill will do its best to provide a place for a child at the school, but this may not always be possible. The capacity of the accommodation or other constraints at our school may mean that parental preference cannot be met.

Admission may have to be refused, for example, if it would lead to oversized classes now or later, or it would prevent resources from being used efficiently. In some years we have not been able to accept all applicants to the school.

The LEA has to plan the number of children admitted to each school very carefully to make sure that no school is overcrowded. For this reason Lady Joanna Thornhill intends to admit a maximum of 60 children into Reception for the new academic year. (There is no set allocation of places for admissions of children entering school other than in Reception).

If the number of preferences for our school is less than this figure, there is usually no problem in meeting parents’ wishes. However, there may be occasions where so many parents want places that difficult decisions have to be made.

When this happens, places at County schools are allocated by the LEA (or Headteacher acting on its behalf) taking account of the following priority order:

  • Children in care of the Kent County Council;
  • Current Family association (a brother or sister in the same school at the time of entry where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted – if they have moved – live within 2 miles of the school – or have moved to a new property that is nearer to the school than the previous property);
  • Health reasons (children who for reasons of health or physical impairment need to attend a particular school);
  • Nearness of children’s homes to school


Changing Schools in Year

If you want to transfer your child from one primary school to another, other than at the normal transfer age (for example because you are moving home), you should contact the school, it would also be helpful if you could inform the Headteacher of your child’s present school. The transfer of a child to another school on educational grounds can be considered at any time.  If you wish to apply for a place at our school for your child in year, you would need to complete the IYCAF and return to the school.  We will then write to you and advise if we have a space available, and if not we will offer you the opportunity to join our waiting list.


Appeals Against Admission Decisions

Parents who are unhappy with an admission decision at a particular County school can appeal in writing to the Education Office. If you are not satisfied with this decision, the case can be referred to members of the Education & Libraries committee. There is a final stage of appeal to an Independent Statutory Appeal Committee, although if the admission of the child would breach Infant class Size Limit, this appeal can only be upheld where parents demonstrated the Authority has acted unreasonably or erroneously in refusing their child a place.


How to apply…

Applications for Reception places are taken online through the Kent County Council Website – KCC Admissions. Please note that there are set deadlines and special forms for children entering Reception. Information is usually available in the December before your child is due to start school, with deadlines for application usually in January before your child is due to start school.

In Year Applications need to complete the IYCAF form – IYCAF FORM – and return it to the school either by post or email.