Children start primary school in the same academic year as their fifth birthday.
St. James' is a popular school and applications often exceed places available. Applications should be made via the Local Authority (online) by completing a Reception Common Application Form (RCAF); applicants must also complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) which should be handed to the school office. Applications made without a SIF being completed and handed in to the school will be treated as being criterion 6 (see below).
All applications should be received by the school no later that the Kent County Council closing date for admissions, which is usually near the turn of the calendar year before the school year in which a child would be admitted.
Where applications are made outside the usual admissions rounds (called In-Year applications), a SIF will also need to be completed as this will determine where on the waiting list your child will be placed. In-Year applicants also need to complete the In-Year Admission Form (below).
Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with an Education, Health and Care Plan that names this school will be admitted. As a result of this the published admission number will be reduced accordingly.
- Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order under Part IV of the Act.
- Children who physically reside within the area described in Annex A - Residency must be on the closing date for applications and on the date on which places are offered. Please download the SIF form below for details of the roads or parts of roads which comprise this area. A map showing the area can be seen at the school office.
- Children who have a parent/foster parent/guardian who is a practising member of St James' Church included on the electoral role of the parish of St James', Tunbridge Wells at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in the calendar year before the child could start school.
- Children who have a brother or sister at this school at the time of admission.
- Children who have a parent/foster parent/guardian who is a practising member of a local church (defined as being within a radius of 3 miles from the school) that is a member of the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or the Evangelical Alliance.
- All other children.
Where there are too many fulfilling any one of the oversubscription criteria, children will be ranked in accordance with proximity to the school. We use the distance between the child's permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data.
For more information and a more thorough explanation of each criterion please download our SIF which is at the back of our admissions policy (below).
Our admissions officer, Angie Pierce is always happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding admissions to the school.