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Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership

'Academies in Christ' Part of the Archdiocese of Southwark

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Admissions consultation for 2022/23

Full stakeholder consultation:

30 November 2020 to 11 January 2021


Consultation lead contact: Rachel Bushell

Contact email: office@kcsp.org.uk  

Contact address: KCSP, Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent ME18 5BZ


Full consultation process

Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is the ‘admissions authority’ for all 24 of our academies, as listed below:


Primary academies:

Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Maidstone
More Park Catholic Primary School, West Malling
Our Lady of Hartley Catholic Primary School, Hartley
St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School, Tunbridge Wells
St Edward's Catholic Primary School, Sheerness
St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, Margate
St John's Catholic Primary School, Gravesend
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Aylesham
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Broadstairs
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Northfleet
St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary School, Tonbridge
St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Deal
St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Whitstable
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Sittingbourne
St Richard's Catholic Primary School, Dover
St Simon of England Catholic Primary School, Ashford
St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Ashford
St Thomas' Catholic Primary School, Sevenoaks
Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, Folkestone


Secondary academies:

St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury

St Edmund’s Catholic School, Dover

St Gregory’s Catholic School, Tunbridge Wells

St Simon Stock Catholic School, Maidstone

Ursuline College, Westgate on Sea


Every seven years, an admissions authority is required to conduct a full stakeholder consultation process, even if there have not been any changes to the admissions policy.


It is a mandatory provision of the School Admissions Code and the Code of Practice that an admissions authority is required “to consult each time it proposes to make significant changes to its admissions arrangements or every seven years.”


We are therefore required to undertake a public consultation on our Admissions policy for 2022-2023. In accordance with the School Admissions Code, the consultation period must run for a minimum of six weeks and take place between 1 October 2020 and 31 January 2021.


In this case the consultation period will run from 27 November 2020 to 8 January 2021.


The admissions authority must determine admission arrangements by 28 February 2021 and publish these on its website by 15 March 2021.


The draft 2022-23 Primary and Secondary Admissions policies (and accompanying Supplementary Information Forms) are available at the bottom of this page.


Who can be involved in the consultation?

We invite comments from the following groups:

    • parents of children between the ages of 2 and 18
    • other persons in the area of each school who have an interest in the proposed arrangements (stakeholders)
    • all other admissions authorities within the local area
    • the local authority in which our academies are situated (Kent)
    • the body or person representing the religion or religious denomination.


What are the changes?

This will be the first time that schools within the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership are working to a common admissions policy and therefore this represents a change for all schools. There are separate Primary and Secondary policies. The Secondary policy includes admission arrangements for Sixth Forms (where a school has one).


The proposed changes are being made to simplify the process for parents and carers, ensuring the process is as fair as possible while preserving the Catholic character of our schools and ensuring Catholic children have priority in the offering of places. The changes vary across the schools but seek to ensure that:

  • Siblings of children already in a school receive preference after Catholics and looked after children
  • That there is a common approach to prioritising children in relation to attendance at church or the equivalent for non-christian faiths that meets the latest advice from the national schools adjudicator


Changes to the Planned Admission Number

There are proposed changes to the PAN at the following schools:

  • St Augustine’s Primary in Tunbridge Wells will change from a PAN of 45 to 30.
  • St Joseph’s Primary in Aylesham will change from a PAN of 18 to 20.


How can I submit feedback?

Our preferred method of receiving feedback is by email.


Please email your comments regarding the proposed Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership admission arrangements for 2022-23 to Rachel Bushell at office@kcsp.org.uk.


If you do not have access to email, you can write to us at KCSP, Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent ME18 5BZ


All comments must arrive before 11.59pm on 8 January 2021.


Your views are important to us and all comments raised during the consultation process will be taken into consideration before any firm decisions are made.


Contact us - Please call 01622 232 662 or email office@kcsp.org.uk

Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership

Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ