We encourage all prospective parents to visit the school and bring your child along with you. We are always really keen to give parents and children a tour of our school so you can see our facilities, see our pupils learning and have the opportunity to ask any questions. Phoenix Community Primary School proudly serves the Bockhanger, Bybrook and Kennington areas of Ashford and beyond. Children begin school at the start of the academic year (September to July) of the year in which they will turn five years old and it is really important that you choose a school that is right for your child and that you know they will be happy at.
We like to build positive relationships with our families and that begins at the start making sure that Phoenix Community Primary School is the right school for your child. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Tours can be booked by contacting our Office Manager, Diane Davis on 01233 622510. We look forward to welcoming you to Phoenix Community Primary School.
The school is usually oversubscribed, therefore all pupils will be considered against the school’s oversubscription criteria which can be found in the Admissions Policy. Our admission number is 30 pupils per year group.
Key Dates for Primary Transition
Friday 3rd November 2023
School applications open - complete via Kent Schools Admissions
October 2023 - January 2024
School tours, please contact the school office to arrange a suitable time for your visit.
Monday 15th January 2024
School applications close
|Tuesday 16th April 2024||National Offer Day. You will receive an email after 4pm informing you or Kent assigned school offer.|
|Tuesday 30th April 2024||
Deadline must be sent to accept or decline the school place you have been offered.
If it has not been possible for Kent to your child a place at Phoenix Community School, you have the right to add their name to the waiting list and lodge and appeal, please see details below.
* When you have accepted your place at Phoenix Community Primary School, you will need to come into school with proof of address of the only or main residence of your child. This will need to be one of the following:
- A child tax and working tax credit letter (TC602)
- The child’s medical card or letter from a medical centre, hospital or GP to confirm the child’s residence
- A letter from the child’s nursery or playgroup
- A bank statement of a savings account in the child’s name AND a utility bill OR a bank or credit card statement
These documents should not be more than three months old and preferably should show that the child was resident at the address at the time of the closing date.
We will need to see these documents for every child admitted (even if they have siblings at the school already). If you are unable to provide the above documents, to prove your child’s only or main residence, the Local Authority has the right to take your child’s place away.
If you have any queries about the admissions process, please ring the school. You can also contact the Kent Admissions Team on 01622 686565 or visit their website.
Changing schools in-year
If you are interested in your child joining Phoenix Community Primary School at any other time other than starting school, for example because you are moving home, you should contact the school on 01233 622510.
If you wish to apply for a place at our school for your child in-year, you would need to complete the IYCAF and return to the school. We will then write to you and advise if we have a space available, and if not we will offer you the opportunity to join our waiting list.
If your child is due to start primary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day.
For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.
Statutory limits on class size mean that, apart from some very limited exceptions, infant classes of 5, 6 and 7 year olds may not contain more than 30 pupils with a single teacher.
Where the published admissions number of a school allows for classes of 30 pupils, then the Admission Authority will have refused admission on the grounds that to admit one more child would breach the infant class size limit.
Although you have a legal right to appeal under this criteria, there are very limited circumstances in which a Panel can direct a child to be admitted to a school.
Summary of how to apply
Reception Places for September entry: through the Kent County Council Website – KCC Admissions.
‘In-Year Applications’: complete the IYCAF form – IYCAF FORM – and return it to the school either by hand, post or email.
Applying for Secondary School: see our separate page for PESE (Procedure for Entry into Secondary Education) - this includes information about entering your child into the Kent Test (11+) for grammar school entry and the Secondary application process
Click to read our Admissions Policy (for September 2024 entry into Year R)
Clcik here for our current Admissions Policy for 'In Year Admissions' prior to this time.