Welcome to Shinewater Primary School and Nursery, please browse our website for further information about us and if you are interested, it is recommended that you ring the school office on 01323 762129 to arrange an appointment to view the school, preferably during a typical school working day, to make sure it is the right place for you and your child. Please do not hesitate to bring your child to have a look around too, as their opinion / reaction can often be an influential factor. They will be more than welcome.

Shinewater Primary School is a part of Swale Academies Trust; however the local authority (East Sussex County Council) is responsible for school admissions and decides how pupils are admitted.  Full details about how to apply for a school place in East Sussex can be found by visiting

Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is 30 pupils in each class.

Applying for a School Place

Although there is no right to choose a child’ school, you do have the right to state a preference for up to three different schools that you would like your child to attend.

Applications If You Live in East Sussex

On your application form, it is recommended that you list at least three different schools in case your first preference can’t be offered.  Do not list the same school more than once as this i) does not improve your chances of admission to that school and ii) it means you would not have indicated what other school you’d prefer if your first preference is over-subscribed.

How Do I Apply?

To apply online, visit

This link takes you to the Synergy parent portal and is used to apply for school places once you have picked several alternative schools.

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll get an email to confirm.

It is important to be careful and accurate in your application – if the decision to allocate a place at school is based on incorrect information (for example, a wrong address or date of birth) the place may be withdrawn.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact the Admissions and Transport Team for a paper application on 0300 330 9472.

Applications If You Live Outside of East Sussex

If your child is transferring between schools as the normal age of entry or starting school for the first time at the age of 4+ and you are interested in them attending a school in East Sussex, you must apply through your ‘home’ local authority.  Your local authority will then pass your details to East Sussex Admissions to consider.  Your ‘home’ local authority will be responsible for letting you know the outcome of your application.

“In-year admissions” are admissions to a school which take place outside of normal entry times.  If your application is an in-year admission, you can even if you live outside East Sussex by visiting

Deadline for submitting appeals

  Appeal deadline Applies to
Primary Appeals Wednesday 22nd May 2019 Children starting Reception Year or Year 3 from September 2019.
In-Year appeals Within 25 school days of being told your application was unsuccessful. All applications that are not part of the main primary, junior or secondary intake for September. This could be for any year group at any time of year.

When will my appeal be heard?

Final date appeals will be heard by
Primary Appeals Tuesday 23rd July 2019
In-Year appeals  (appeals which do not relate to the September intake) Within 30 school days of receiving the appeal

Parents will be given 10 school days notification regarding the details of their hearing; and there is a 7 working days deadline for submitting additional information.

Summer-Born Children

If your child was born between 1 April and 31 August, they don't have to start until a full year after they could have started.  If you defer their start date, then, when they do start school, they will normally join Year 1 but you can request that they start in Reception Year.

Starting School and Compulsory School Age

Children reach compulsory school age at the start of the school term following their fifth birthday.  However, all children can start school in the September following their fourth birthday.

All children are entitled to attend full-time but there are flexible options for parents who do not feel their child is ready for full time attendance. Children may attend part-time until they reach compulsory school age or you can defer entry until later in the school year but not beyond compulsory school age and not beyond 18th April 2017.  If your child does not start by this date you will need to re-apply for a school place. Please discuss your options with the Headteacher once the school place has been offered.

Applying During the School Year or ‘In-Year Admissions’ (E.G. Moving House, Changing School)

‘In-Year Admission’ is the admission of a pupil to a school which takes place outside of the normal entry times (e.g. Age 4+ in Reception, transfer from infant to junior school).  This includes pupils changing schools, pupils coming from a different country or from other parts of the UK, pupils returning to a school from living elsewhere or those that have not been in school.  You can ask to change schools at any time. 

You should apply online direct to East Sussex County Council.  You can apply by visiting

Moving House

East Sussex will only use a new address for the purpose of allocating a school place when either contracts have been exchanged or when a tenancy agreement has been signed.  Without this evidence, your application will be processed based on your existing address.

If you are moving within East Sussex, consider whether your child(ren) can remain at their current school or research schools within the new postcode area.

How Decisions Are Made

If there is a place, the school will normally admit your child.  You will receive a confirmation letter from the school.

If there are not enough places for all the children applying, the school applies its admission priorities when deciding who is offered a place.  Schools cannot make a decision on any other basis.  Shinewater Primary School and Nursery Admission Priorities are as follows:

  1. Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children.
  2. Children with an exceptional medical or social need for whom attendance at any other school would be inappropriate.
  3. Children who will have a brother or sister at the school; at the time of admission.
  4. Children living within the pre-defined community area.
  5. Children living outside the pre-defined community area.

If there are no places available, the East Sussex School Admissions Team will allocate a school place at a new school or they may suggest your child staying at their present school if this is reasonable.  East Sussex will not overcrowd a school if there are vacancies at other schools and additional places will not be created unless there is a shortage of school places to meet a local need.

You can choose to put your child on the school’s waiting list.  You also have the right to appeal if you are not happy with the decision.

Should you wish to consider making an appeal, please read the helpful advice at

Finding a School Place for a Child with Special Educational Needs

If you child has special educational needs and has either:

  • a Statement of Special Educational Needs
  • an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

Talk to your SEN Caseworker about which school you’d like your child to attend and they will explain the next steps.  For more information visit