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Information about choosing a school in Medway

If you are unable to find the information you require on this and the related pages, the Student Services Department is happy to offer you further advice and answer your questionss on how to apply for school places for your child. 

Key Dates:

Primary - 2015 Admissions

  • school applications open - Monday 15 September 2014, 9am
  • school applications close (national date) - Thursday 15 January 2015, 4pm 
  • school offer day (national date) - Thursday 16 April 2015

Secondary - 2015 Admissions

  • Medway Test registration opens - Monday 9 June 2014, 9am 
  • Medway Test registration closes - Friday 4 July 2014, 4pm
  • school applications open - Monday 8 September 2014, 9am 
  • school applications close (national date) - Friday 31 October 2014, 4pm
  • school offer day (national date) - Monday 2 March 2015

Things to consider when choosing a school

Families can face difficult decisions when looking to choose schools for their children. You may need to consider a number of different questions, including:

  • How close is the school to the child's home or where is it located?
  • How big/small is the school?
  • What are the values and beliefs of the school?

You can contact schools to arrange an appointment to visit. You can also gather further information by looking at:

  • the school prospectus and website, which will have detailed information on the school
  • school performance information, which is available in the achievement and attainment tables  compiled by Medway Council
  • details of recent school inspections can be obtained from the school or by using the Ofsted website

Online applications for a school place - when to apply?

  • Registration for the Medway Test (for admission to secondary school in September 2015) opens on Monday 9 June 2014, 9am and closes on Friday 4 July 2014, 4pm
  • Secondary admission applications for September 2015 open on Monday 8 September 2014, 9am and close on Friday 31 October 2014, 4pm
  • Primary admissions applications for September 2015 open on Monday 15 September  2014, 9am and close on Thursday 15 January 2015, 4pm

    Please note that you cannot apply online outside of these times.

Online applications and Medway Test registrations can be made on the Medway Online Admissions System during the open periods.

We recommend that you read the relevant school admissions booklet and other information available to you before submitting your application. 

Before starting your application, please ensure that you have read and understood the Terms and conditions for the use of Medway Online Applications.

Admission to school in September 2014

The main offer processes for admission to school in September 2014 have already been completed. Medway Councl is still operating the reallocation of any places that may become vacant until 31 October 2014. If you have not yet applied for or secured a school place for your child, please contact the Student Services Admissions Team for further advice.

We suggest that you read the relevant admission booklet and see further details on the below pages to help you with the process.

If you wish to find out more about the admission arrangements and oversubscription criteria for individual schools and academies for the academic year 2014/2015, please use this link. 

Admission to schools in September 2015

The admission processes for entry to school in Sepetember 2015 begin later in the year (please see the key dates above). Further details will be provided nearer the time.

If you are a Medway resident (i.e. your Council Tax is paid to Medway), then you must apply through Medway Council. If you live outside Medway you will need to contact your home local authority (LA) (such as Kent County Council).

The Medway co-ordinated admissions schemes and admission arrangements for the process for entry to school in September 2015 has now been determined. Please use this link for more information and to view the Medway co-ordinated schemes and admission arrangements, as well as the arrangements for Academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided schools.

In-Year (Casual) admissions

A Casual ‘In Year’ Admission is either for a new applicant who requires a place at a Medway School, a child who is currently being educated at home and now requires a Medway school place, or a child currently attending a Medway school who wishes to transfer. Entry is to year groups reception to year 11 during the academic year and outside of the normal transfer process for Year R, Year 3 and Year 7. 

Casual admission applications for Medway schools and academies must be made either to Medway Council's Student Services team, where they are responsible for administering the process or direct to the relevant school or academy where they have chosen to administer their own.

The following schools/academies are administering their own Casual Admissions:

Primary Schools:

  • Chattenden Primary School - 01634 250861
  • English Martyrs Catholic Primary School - 01634 718964
  • The Phoenix Academy - 01634 829009
  • St James CE Primary School - 01634 270341
  • St Mary's Catholic Primary School - 01634 855783
  • St Michael's RC Primary School - 01634 832578
  • St Thomas More Primary School - 01634 864701
  • The Academy at Woodlands - 01634 338778

Secondary Schools:

  • Chatham Grammar School for Boys - 01634 830083
  • Rainham School for Girls - 01634 362746
  • Strood Academy - 01634 717121
  • Rochester Grammar School for Girls - 01634 843049
  • Thomas Aveling School - 01634 844809

If you name a Medway grammar school on your application, arrangements will be made for your child to be assessed to determine if they are suitable for a grammar school education. This will normally be in the form of a test, but if your child has previously sat the Medway Test, we will seek for academic work to be reviewed. Please contact the Student Services (Admissions) Team for further advice

For further information and an application form please contact Medway Council's Student Services Operations Team on 01634 331155.

Appeals for Medway schools for September 2014 admissions

The planned appeals timetable for Medway Community and Voluntary Controlled schools for primary and junior admissions for September 2014 is as detailed below:

Week commencing 16 June 2014                           Week commencing 23 June 2014
Week commencing 30 June 2014                           Week commencing 7 July 2014
Week commencing 14 July 2014                            Week commencing 21 July 2014

Please be aware that not every day may be used and the specific dates for individual schools is not yet known. If you lodge an appeal the details of the date, time and venue will be sent to you in due course.

For Medway Academies, Voluntary Aided and Foundation schools (primary and secondary), please refer to the individual school's website for the details of their planned appeals timetable.

Medway Council annual report on admissions

Each year Medway Council, along with all other local authorities, is required to produce and publish a report on that year's admissions processes. This report is also submitted to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator. You can read the report for this year here.

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For more information contact Student Services - Admissions team by telephone: 01634 331110 / Fax: 01634 331614 or by email: admissions@medway.gov.uk

Write to: Student Services - Admissions team, Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR