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 part of Swale Academies Trust; we continue to use the Local authority to co-ordinate admissions applications for new school starters in Reception.

For in-year admissions (one that is made outside of the normal time of transfer between schools, for example when a family moves house part way through a school year), applications are initially made to the Local Authority (East Sussex) who then pass the application to the academy.  Acting as our own admissions authority, the academy then decides the outcome of the in-year admissions requests and communicates directly with families.

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.

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.

How Do I Apply?

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.

Starting School for the First Time (Age 4+)

Application Dates for Children Starting Reception for September 2021

  • Apply online from 12 September 2020
  • Closing date for applications: 15 January 2021
  • Allocation decisions sent on (offer date): 16 April 2021
  • Appeal hearings: June and July 2021
  • Induction days: summer term 2021

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.  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 online here or the application box above.  The Academy Trust will then contact you directly with its decision.

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 children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or subject to residence orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following being looked after.
  2. Children who will have a brother or sister at the school (or linked junior school) at the time of admission and who live at the same address, within the pre-defined community area.
  3. Other children living within a pre-defined community area.
  4. Children who will have a brother or sister at the school (or linked junior school) at the time of admission who live at the same address, outside the pre-defined community area
  5. Other children.

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 above.

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 would like your child to attend and they will explain the next steps.

Considering an Appeal

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.  Click on the appropriate boxes for more information.

Useful Links

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East Sussex Application Information

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Apply Online

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School Admissions Booklet

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SEN Caseworker Information

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Considering an Appeal

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Appeal Deadlines