Reception admissions are administered by The Admissions and Transport Team, Kent County Council.
The Admissions and Transport Office, Sessions House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1XQ or you can apply online at

September 2024 – Reception places key dates:

3 November 2023 – Application period opens

15 January 2024 – Closing date for application forms

In the event of over-subscription; places will be offered in descending order to:

  • Children in Local Authority Care or previously looked after children (including those in state care outside of England)
  • 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 – or – 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 and Special Access reasons (Children who for reasons of health or physical impairment need to attend a particular school)
  • Children of teachers
  • Nearness of children’s homes to school
  • Summer born children and admissions out of year group

In Year Admissions

If your child is at the infant stage of schooling (Year R, Year 1 or Year 2) and you want to move them to a different school, you need to apply. This is called an in-year admission. We offer excellent pastoral support for your child when transitioning into our school. Our Senior Leaders work in partnership with new families to ensure they are supported in making new friends and knowing the routines as quickly as possible. If you are interested in applying for a place at our school, you should not remove your child from their current school until we are able to offer your child a place with an agreed start date. Full details of in-year admissions can be found here.


If your child is due to start school in September 2024, you can appeal between the 18th April – 14th May 2024. This will guarantee your appeal will be heard by 19th July 2024. For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days in the deadline of lodging school appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline of lodging appeals where possible.

Admissions Consultation

In compliance with the School Admission Code 2021 whereby admission authorities must consult on their admission arrangements at least once every seven years, Joydens Wood Infant School consulted on our arrangements for entry in September 2023.

The consultation commenced on Wednesday 1 December 2021 and closed at 4pm on Monday 10th January 2022.   Therefore, to comply with the School Admission Code 2021. the next consultation will need to commence before the 1 December 2028.

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