Admissions

Applying for a Reception Place at Peninsula East

We warmly welcome all applications to our Academy from families of children living in the community of Allhallows and Stoke. The age range in the Academy is 3 -11 years old i.e. from Nursery up to Year 6. We encourage families to make contact with the school office as a first point of contact. The office is open between 8.00 am – 4.00 pm daily, and please see the contact information on the website for other ways to get in touch. Peninsula East Primary Academy Avery Way Allhallows Rochester ME3 9HR Telephone: 01634 270428 Admission to the Academy is available to all. We take care to ensure that we do not discriminate against children with Special Educational Need or Disability in line with the Medway County Council Admissions criteria. For new reception children a Medway County Council ‘Reception Common Application Form’ will need to be completed (this is an online process), expressing Peninsula East Primary Academy as your first preference.  Our office staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.  Medway County Council’s information on School Admissions can be found below. 

Primary School places

Allocation of Places, School Admission Policy and Planned Admission Limit

Places will be allocated according to the published criteria in priority order:

  • Children in Local Authority Care.
  • Current family association (an elder brother or sister in the school at the time of entry, where the family continues to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted or has moved to a new property within two miles of the school).
  • Health reasons (for which a medical certificate may be needed).
  • Nearness of children’s homes to school.

Peninsula East Primary Academy has a Planned Admission Limit of 30 children per year group. Parents do not legally have to send their children to school until the term after they are five. We find in practice, due to carefully planned and effective transition procedures, children younger than five cope well in their first year with our wonderful staff who have particular skills with our youngest children. Older children are admitted to the school if we have a vacancy in their year group. 

Applying for a Place in any year Groups (In Year)

We also welcome children from other schools and academies. An application should be made direct to the school: If you wish your child to start at Peninsula East, as a result of moving into the area and/or transferring from another school, please place your child on the list for future entrants by completing an In-Year Admission Form. Details of how to apply are available from our office staff.

IN YEAR CASUAL ADMISSIONS

Applying for a Nursery Place

To apply for a place in our nursery children can start from their third birthday. Please contact the school office for further information and to arrange a visit.

PEPA Tots Admissions Application

Applying for Secondary School

For help regarding secondary admissions please use the following link

Secondary school place

Appeals

If you have not been offered a place following an in-year application, the law entitles you to appeal to an Independent Appeal Panel. This panel is completely independent of the school and the Local Authority. In accordance with the 2022 School Admission Appeals Code Appeals, the admission authority and appeal panels have elected for all admissions appeals to be held online.

If you wish to appeal, please use the links below to complete your appeal online.

  • Reception, Year 1 and 2 – Link
  • Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 – Link

Please do NOT use ANY other appeal form or send your form to your local authority. It is highly recommended that you download the explanatory booklet about appeals which you should read before you complete the appeal form.

Appeals Explanatory Booklet - Education Appeals

If your appeal is for years Reception, year 1 or year 2, you are strongly advised to read the section on Key Stage 1 appeals on page 18.

You should include any evidence or supporting material with your appeal form and you MUST state the grounds of your appeal at the time you lodge your appeal form. Your appeal form will not be accepted unless you give the grounds of your appeal. You may appeal for more than one school.

Please note that the online form will ask you to download two utility bills dated in the last THREE months.  If you do not have access to a scanner, please take two photographs using a mobile phone and upload the photographic files.

If you wish to contact the clerk – email:  clerk@educationappeals.com

Information about Primary Transfer appeals will be posted on this website before 28 February 2025.

Timetable for Appeals

Last day for lodging appeal forms

20 School days after the decision letter informing you that you had not been offered a place.

Invitation letter giving details about your hearing will be sent by the Clerk to the Independent Appeal Panel

At least 10 school days before the hearing.  This MAY be emailed.

All in year appeal will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being lodged.

Closing date for any additional supporting evidence

FIVE working days before your hearing. You are advised that additional paperwork received on the day of the appeal hearing will not be taken into account. Please email to clerk@educationappeals.com

Please note that slightly different rules will apply for any primary transfer appeals into Reception.

Letter from the Clerk informing you of the decision of the independent appeal panel

Due to the high number of appeals, an email is sent a few working days after your hearing with the decision of the panel.  This is followed up around 10 working days later with a letter outlining the panels reasons.