The Village Academy

The Village Academy is a group of town, city and village schools that have joined together to provide the very best education for the children in our care and where we believe that education is very much a matter of the individual.

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Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting prospect. Here at Petham, we will offer a common sense approach to education, which places the individual firmly at the centre.

If you are wondering if our small village school is the correct setting for your child, the best way to find out is to come and visit us. 

Please contact our School Office on 01227 700260 or send an email to for a convenient appointment.

Admissions Criteria

The Governing Body is the admissions authority for Petham Primary School. The Published Admission Number (PAN) for children to Year R is 24. Children will be admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. Before the application of over-subscription criteria, any child with a Statement of Special Educational Need naming the school will be admitted, in which event the Published Admission Number will be reduced accordingly. The Directors recognise and agree that the school was created to provide education for the village community within the Parish of Petham; we also recognise and agree that continuity of the provision of education within the family is important.

Our Admissions Policy and the criteria associated with it are designed to reflect those priorities, together with requirements that are statutory obligations prescribed by current government regulation.  If applications exceed the number of places available, the over-subscription criteria will be applied in the following order of priority.  This will also be used if applications within any of the categories exceed places available and it is necessary to decide between them:

1. Looked After Child or Previously Looked After Children

2. Sibling

3. Children with Exceptional Compassionate, Social, Medical/Health or Special Access Needs

4. Children of Staff at the School

5. Distance/Nearness of Children's Home to School 

Procedures for admissions will be as described in the Local Authority’s admissions booklet.

For further information on admissions, including in the event of over-subscription, please see page 6 of our Admissions Policy.

When to Apply

The Village Academy Trust takes part in the admissions scheme of the Local Authority. Information can be found online at Applications are usually are usually made on-line within a specific dated window each year. However, parents are able to request a paper copy from the local school. The forms are all submitted to the Local Authority who allocate places at schools each year, according to the published and relevant admissions criteria.

Admissions Appeals

If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2019 you can appeal between 29 March and 16 May 2019 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by  July 2019.  For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals.  For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.

Visiting the School

We strongly advise all parents to visit the school before applying. You are welcome to visit without an appointment at any time, although should you wish to discuss matters with the Headteacher, an appointment, made by telephoning the school office, would be needed.

Once a place has been offered and accepted you and your child will be invited to visit the school on several occasions, both in school time and after school, to help integrate your child and ensure that their first day goes smoothly.

Starting School

Reception children attend school for mornings only for the few weeks, moving to full time attendance following discussions between parents and the class teacher. The school day begins at 8:50am and ends at 3:10pm for Reception children and 3.20pm for all other children.

Changing Schools

If you wish to apply for a place for an older child at Petham Primary School, the criteria set out above still apply. Places will be offered provided the admission does not involve us exceeding our standard number per year group. Currently our standard number is 20. Contact the Headteacher for further information.

Transfer to Secondary School

When your child approaches their final year of Primary School, you will need to start thinking about which secondary school they will go to. A good place to start finding out about getting your child into secondary school is to read the booklet Admission To Secondary Schools In Kent.

The booklet is updated annually by the Local Authority and tells you everything you need to know about the admissions process together with details of Kent secondary schools and their dates and times of open sessions.

Children leaving Petham to move to Secondary education go to a variety of schools. In their final year at primary school pupils can, if parents wish, undertake the selection test for a Grammar school place (11 plus or Kent Test).

Many of the secondary schools in our area have their own entrance tests or have specific criteria for admission, details of which can be obtained direct from the schools concerned.

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