At Minster we are proud to say we have a long history of providing prospective families with bespoke tours, providing them opportunity to experience first-hand the quality of our relationships, teaching and learning, and curriculum.
We are acutely aware of how important it is for prospective families to gain a sense of how a school looks and feels when making such an important decision as choosing the right school for you and your child and would love to see you for a tour (see details below).
However, we have also created a growing suite of videos capturing the views and experiences from members of our Minster Magic Community. The aim of these videos is to give you an insight into our approaches, what we value and how life at Minster Primary feels.
When your child is three or four years old, parents or carers will need to start thinking about which primary school you would like your child to go to.
At Minster in Sheppey Primary School we welcome you to view the school, by watching our Virtual Tours https://www.minster-sheppey.kent.sch.uk/virtual-tours/ or by attending one of our Open Sessions for families with prospective new entrants. Dates for these sessions are advertised on an annual basis. Please telephone the school office for more details.
The County Admissions procedure is followed on an annual basis, which includes the advice to apply for a school place online. Please see the following link to find the admissions booklet detailing the application process: http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/primary-school-places
Parents are informed by the Local Authority of the decision regarding a place for their child. After you have been informed that your child has been offered a place, you will receive information regarding our induction programme for children joining our Foundation Stage so that you and your child can become familiar with school and can start in September with confidence.
There are 95 places for new entrants in the Foundation Stage each year.
Whenever the school is oversubscribed the following criteria apply:
1. Children in Local Authority Care - a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreements with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who is the subject of a care order under Part IV of the Act. This applies equally to children who immediately after being looked after by the local authority became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. (As defined by Section 46 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 or Section 8 or 14A of the Children Act 1989)
2. Current Family Association (where a brother or sister is at the same school at the time of entry and lives within the same family unit at the same address. The family also continues to live at the same address or has moved to a new property that falls within 2 miles via the shortest walking route to school).
3. Health and Special Access Reasons - Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school's legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Minster In Sheppey Primary School. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents'/guardians' physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Minster in Sheppey Primary 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 the school.
4. Nearness of children's homes to school - the distance between the child's permanent home address and the school is used, measured in a straight line using Ordnance Survey 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 Ordnance Survey. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.
If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2021 you can appeal between April and May 2021. 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.
Transfer to Secondary School
When your child approaches their final year of Primary School, you will need to start thinking about which secondary school they will go to.
Finding a secondary School
A good place to start finding out about getting your child into secondary school is to read the LA booklet. http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/secondary-school-places
The booklet is updated annually by the Local Authority and tells you everything you need to know about the admissions process together with details of Kent secondary schools and their dates and times of open sessions.
We are always happy to support parents and carers in the process when their child reaches this stage and to respond to questions about the procedure.
For entry to Minster Primary School in any year group, at any time of the year - please follow the LA link to read about the Casual in Year process. http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/move-to-a-different-school
In addition complete the attached form and send it to us.