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Victoria Road Primary School

Inspiring a Love of Learning

Admissions, Kent Test and SATS



The school has a standard number of 30 children in each class, which cannot be exceeded, without referral to the governing body. Although the Published Admissions Number (PAN) is 206 based upon the size of the school buildings, the school is committed to accepting 210 onto the school roll. The school accepts that children with a statement of special educational needs or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), which names the school, will be admitted.


For admission to our Reception Class in September each year, the Local Authority (LA) will send the school a list of all applicants. The school will apply the oversubscription criteria (outlined below) and return a list of pupils ranked in priority order to the LA. The LA will make offers to the parents of pupils. In the case where the LA can see that more than one school, including Victoria Road can offer a place, then the LA will ensure the pupil if offered a place at the family’s highest preference school with a vacancy. The lower offer will then lapse.


Casual admissions will follow the same criteria, listed below, and will be managed by the school and referenced to the Code of Conduct.


Admission Criteria

1.   Educational Health Care Plan

Children with a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Educational, Health and Care plan (EHCP) which names the school.

2.   LAC or previously LAC (verified by KCC)

A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions at the time of making an application to a school.


A previously looked after child means such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked after and those children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.


A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

3.   Sibling

Children with 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 property that is nearer to the school than the previous property as defined by distance definition (below).


In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters.

4.   Health and Special Access (to be determined by school)

Children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school.  Equally this priority will apply to children wholse parents'/guardians' physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school.


Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and a particular school.

5.   Distance

Children living nearest the school will be given highest priority.   The distance between the child's permanent home address and the school is measured in a straight line by KCC.


We use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.


“In year” admissions are managed by the school. Where classes are already full, pupils will be placed on a waiting list, in the order as detailed in the admissions criteria above.


For further information on admissions please visit the LA Admissions website



You can read our school's Admission Policy here:

To download your guide for applying for a school place in Kent please click on the link here

Kent Test 

If you want to apply for a year 7 place at a Kent grammar school, you can register your child for the Kent Test. The test assesses whether grammar school is a suitable option for your child.


For more information please click on the link to School Admissions.




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