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Reception 2021 Admissions


We are unable to hold an open afternoon or tours for parents whose children will be starting school in September 2021.  Our virtual tour is available for you to view.  In addition, our faq's page below includes a wealth of information we hope you find useful.

Applications for September 2021 admissions must be via the Kent County Council website.  The application portal is now open and will close on 15th January 2021, please ensure your application is submitted by this date.

Thank you for your understanding, our prospectus is available upon request and if you have any questions  we are available 8am-4pm Monday to Friday via 01795 477417 or


Summer Born admission

Parents who wish for their child to be admitted out of expected year group require a letter of agreement from the school detailing their consent to the request and complete a summer born admission form.  For further information from KCC regarding deferred entry please click here. The Summer Born admission form will require completing and returning  to KCC Admissions along with the letter(s) of consent from the school(s) named.  The form should be completed when admissions are open for the year group they wish to apply to, the school office will be able to advise if the application can be made online or via the post.  If you wish to seek further guidance regarding admission out of cohort, please contact the school office or KCC Admissions  on 03000416111.

In addition, please click here for further guidance from the Department of Education.




Admission Arrangements for September 2021

In Year Admissions

If you are applying for an 'in year' admission, please click here for further information. 

All in year applications must be made to the school office who will reply to you informing you of the outcome.  

Your child's application will be placed on our waiting list according to our distance criteria, we will contact you to arrange an introduction to Grove Park School when a place becomes available to you.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Samantha Thorne in the school office on 01795 477417 or


In the event of parents' being unhappy with the process or wishing to appeal against a refusal due to the standard number being reached, the Education Office should be contacted.  The address to contact is:


Kent County Council

Room 2.24

Sessions House

County Hall


Kent ME14 1XQ


In Year Admission Form (IYCAF)

Secondary Admissions

For further information regarding secondary admissions please click here.



Admission FAQ's

We have complied a list of FAQ's for your reference, if you have an additional question please do not hesitate to contact your child's class teacher or the school office.

  • How will my child be encouraged to settle into school?

Ensuring your child is happy to come into school is our first priority.  We will start by having frequent, short sessions into school but this is always worked around individuals.  You will build up a great relationship with your child's class teacher and we aim to keep lines of communication between us open at all times.

  • What can I do to encourage independence?

You can encourage your child to take their own clothes on and off, using a knife and fork properly and managing themselves in the toilet.

  • Do I come into the classroom when they start school?

We have always encouraged parents and carers to say goodbye at the door from day 1.  Often, they have been to a setting before and they are now used to doing this.

  • What is the usual child-to-staff ratio?

In a reception classroom, there is always a class teacher who can have up to 30 children and there are always 1 or 2 teaching assistants.

  • What if my child has a friend or relative in the reception class next door, will they see them at all?

Absolutely! We spend a great deal of time mixing with the other classroom during child initiated times and outdoor learning.

  • What are the times for picking up and collecting?

​​​​​​​The classroom doors open at 8.40am and close at 9.00am.  The end of the school day is 3.20pm with the exception of reception, you may collect your child from the reception class from 3.10pm.

  • Where do we collect the children at the end of the day?

​​​​​​​Directly outside your child's classroom.  For years R, 1 & 2 the class teacher will open the door and call your child once they have seen the adult who is collecting them.  Junior children may leave their classroom and meet their parents on the playground.

  • ​​​​​​​Can another adult collect my child?

​​​​​​​Yes, parents must inform the class teacher in the morning or contact the school office during the day.  

  • Can my child play on the equipment outside the classroom before and after school?

​​​​​​​No equipment is to be used before or after school.

  • What do I need to remember when we start school?

​​​​​​​Please ensure your are aware of the dates your child starts school and the timings.  Please bring their book bag, water bottle, jacket and sunhat.  All of which need a label with their name on.

  • What is the best way to label my child's clothing?

​​​​​​​Sewn on or self-adhesive labels are much more effective than writing their name in pen.  Please label everything as getting changed for PE with 30 little people who all have the same jumper can be a challenge!

  • Do they need a water bottle?

​​​​​​​Yes, this will be filled up during the day with water only.  You will take your bottle home to clean at the end of the every day and please ensure it is labelled.

  • Does my child need a change of clothes?

​​​​​​​Yes, it is also useful to keep a change of clothes and spare underwear in their PE bags; these are left on their peg at school.

  • What do they wear for PE?

​​​​​​​The children will need a pair of navy or black shorts, their house colour t-shirt and a pair of plimsolls (no laces please).  For outdoor PE they will need a pair of navy or black jogging bottoms, their house colour t-shirt and a navy or black sweatshirt.

  • When is PE?

​​​​​​​This day will be given to you once the timetables have been finalised but it will also be added to the classroom messages on the door.

  • Can my child wear earrings to school?

​​​​​​​Yes, but only small stud earrings.  These must be removed on PE days.

  • If my child has long hair, can they wear it down for school?

​​​​​​​We ask for long hair to always be tied up for school.

  • What happens if my child gets Headlice?

​​​​​​​If an outbreak occurs letters will be sent home to parents with recommendations and advice of treatments available.

  • What happens if they need the toilet?

​​​​​​​For reception children, in the first term, we spend a lot of time in the toilets helping the children and encouraging them to manage by themselves.  The summer holidays are always a great time to encourage independence, but a member of staff is always on hand to help.

  • My child is unable to use the urinals?  What will he do?

​​​​​​​There are age appropriate toilets to use also.

  • My child is scared of noisy hand dryers

​​​​​​​These can easily be turned off and paper towels are always available.

  • Where can I see the school lunch menu?

​​​​​​​We send home a copy of our menu, these are also available to view on the classroom door and our website.

  • What if my child is a fussy eater and refuse to eat the dinner?

​​​​​​​We actively encourage that the children have a hot meal at lunchtime and this is encouraged by the staff sitting with the children and eating the same lunch for the first 2 weeks for reception children.  There are always 2 or 3 options available.

  • Will someone help my child cut up their food at lunchtime?

​​​​​​​Yes, help will be provided by the midday supervisor but now is a good time to start practising how to cut food with a knife and how to use cutlery correctly.

  • How do I pay for school dinners?

​​​​​​​All hot meals are free for children in reception and keystage 1.  For junior children school meals are payable via the online payment system Scopay.

  • Do I need to provide my child with a snack?

​​​​​​​Reception and keystage 1 children are provided with a piece of fruit every morning.  Junior children may bring in a piece of fruit for morning break.

  • What home learning can we expect?

​​​​​​​We expect you to read every day with your child and they will be expected to complete a family learning task once a week.

  • When will home reading books come home?

​​​​​​​Once the children have settled into school full-time we will send books home on a regular basis.

  • Can they have a fancy backpack?

​​​​​​​No backpacks please!  1 book bag is all they need.

  • Do they need a pencil case?

​​​​​​​No stationary is required for reception.  For older children, your child's class teacher will advise.

  • What if my child cannot write their own name yet?

​​​​​​​Please do not worry as we will teach them at school.  Pencil control and correct grip is really important to get right.

  • Can you apply suncreen for my child?

No, we ask that you put it on before school and we will guide and support them to reapply if necessary.

  • Are there clubs, before and after school?

​​​​​​​We have Early Birds breakfast club at the cost of £3 per session.  This is a childcare provision available from 7.30am.  Full information can be found in your parents pack.  In order to access the breakfast club, registration forms must be completed and returned to the school office.

We do offer a variety of free clubs after school for children, these are run by school staff throughout the year.  These clubs are not guaranteed and may be cancelled due to staffing levels or inclement weather.  Information of clubs is sent home in September and April.

  • How do I pay for breakfast club/school dinners or trips?

We have an online payment system called Scopay.  Once your child has been started with us, you will be sent a letter asking you to sign up.

  • How is reception and keystage 1 drinks money payable?

​​​​​​​Cash please - directly to your child's class teacher.

  • Will you call me if my child is upset when I leave them?

​​​​​​​Yes, a staff member will always call.

  • If I am running late in the morning, where do I take my child?

​​​​​​​To the school office please, to record their attendance.

  • What do I do if my child is absent?

​​​​​​​Please contact the school office.  You may leave a message on our out of hours absence line.

  • Can I take my child out for an appointment?

​​​​​​​Yes, please inform your child's class teacher or the school office of their appointment for us to record their absence accordingly.

  • When can my child return to school following an illness?

​​​​​​​For sickness and diarrhoea, children must remain absent from school for 48 hours after the last episode.  For any other illness school staff will be able to advise.

  • My child takes medication can this be administered in school?

​​​​​​​Yes, any medication must be clearly marked with your child's name, class and dosage required.  Inhalers will remain in the classroom; other medication will be kept in the school office or designated area for refridgeration.

  • How will a school closure communicated?

​​​​​​​A message will be sent to parents via our app and email. School closures will be kept regularly up to date on our website.  Please ensure your contact details are always kept up to date.

  • Can I park in the car park?

​​​​​​​We have limited parking available and are only able to offer parking for blue badge holders only.  Please present your badge to the school office when making a request.

  • Whom do I contact with a query or a concern?

​​​​​​​In the first instance please always ask your child's class teacher.  IF you need further assistance, please contact the school office.

  • My child has additional needs; how will these be managed in school?

​​​​​​​We have a SENCo in school who will work closely with your child's class teacher to provide access for your child.  Lines of communication are kept open between parents, teachers and other professionals.  Please contact the school office if you wish to discuss this further.

  • My child struggles with English and we speak another home language, how will this be accommodated?

​​​​​​​A language assessment will be carried out on entry to school and provision will be made accordingly.  Our SENCo and EAL leader will be available to help you and your child.

A copy of our Admissions Policy can be found here

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