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05.01.21: school will be open to Key Worker and Vulnerable families only. Our Virtual Tour can be found via the Open Morning/Virtual Tour page in Admissions.

General Admissions Information (including Policies & Prospectus)

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Welcome

Welcome to Chevening St. Botolph's. Usually, we are keen to welcome visitors to our school, hosting regular Open Mornings  between October and January, so that prospective families can see the school in action. Our COVID-19 arrangements mean this is not safely possible, so at present, there are no Open Mornings in Autumn 2020. Should the restrictions and guidance change, we will gladly be ready to welcome the return of visitors! In the meantime, our plans for prospective parents wanting to learn more about our school can be found here.

 

Starting in Reception Class

Chevening (St Botolph's) is a high performing and popular school and may sometimes be over-subscribed for Reception Class entry. However, please do not be put off; usually, the intake stretches beyond the church elements of our over-subscription criteria, to include children who are admitted on the basis of the distance from their home address to the school. Indeed, in some years due to lower birth rates or lower sibling numbers, we have even had spaces in our reception class. We encourage all prospective parents to visit and consider naming the school as one of their options; the myth that you are not able to get a space unless you attend the local church, simply isn't true!* 
To apply for a place in our Reception Class, please complete a KCC Application Form and, if you are regular Church attendees, a Supplementary Information Form.

 

Church attendance at St Botolph's September 2020

For Reception 2021 Applications that need a Supplementary Information Form (in support of Church attendance), Chevening Church have requested that parents/carers post or scan their SIF to Mrs Jess Lewis  at Chevening Church Office : Chevening Parish Hall,  Homedean Road,  Chipstead,  Sevenoaks, TN13 2RU or cheveningoffice@gmail.com by Monday 14th December 2020, so that Rev Hannah Adams can complete the forms. 

Completed forms will then be returned to parents/carers, who will need to submit them to the School Office at Chevening (St Botolph's) Primary School by the application deadline of Friday 15th January 2021.
Completed forms can be posted to the School Office at Chevening (St Botolph's) CE Primary School
, Chevening Road, Chipstead, Sevenoaks, TN13 2SA    or emailed to office@chevening.kent.sch.uk 

 

Entry at Other Points
We sometimes have spaces in our classes, often when families move out of area. The admissions process for applying for an ' in year' places is as follows:

Please contact the Mrs Richardson in the School Office to enquire if there are any vacancies. Where year groups are already full, we operate a waiting list and allocate places as they become available, in accordance with our over-subscription criteria (please see Admissions Policy).
A visit to see our school in action would be ideal, but (due to COVID-19) may not always be possible. In that situation, we will try to schedule a chat with families seeking to join our school, so they can find out more. 

After a visit or chat, families who are interested in applying for an in-year place need to complete the KCC In Year Casual Admission Form (IYCAF) form and, if you are regular Church attendees, a Supplementary Information Form and submit them to the School Office. 
 

July 2020 Update specifically relating to Church Attendance during the COVID-19 Pandemic

For Admissions relating to September 2021 - 2022, we are aware that church attendance has not been possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Admissions Policy has been amended and approved by the Office for the Schools Adjudicator; the amendment states:

"In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.

 

 

Appeals

All parents have the right to appeal if they have not been offered a place at a school that they would prefer their child to attend. You can appeal for a place at any of the schools you named on your original application and were not offered. You can attend the appeal hearing in person should you wish to do so, but you cannot appeal for a school that you did not name on your original application. For further details, see our Admissions Policy and the KCC Primary Admissions Appeal advice https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/67630/Primary-School-appeal-guidance-notes.pdf

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.

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