Year R Admissions - September 2021

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If you are moving into Medway and would like a place at any Medway school please contact Medway's Student Services Operations Team or visit

We have 525 places in school.  The pupil admission number (PAN) is 75 per year group.


If we are over-subscribed the following criteria will be applied in the following order

  • 1. Children in public care -as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme, including previously looked children, who are now adopted
  • 2. Children with a current family association (a brother or sister (including adopted, foster and step siblings) in the school at the time of application and still attending at the time of entry).
  • 3. Children with health, medical and special access reasons. Medical evidence must be provided which demonstrates a specific health reason, which requires a child to attend Byron Primary School.
  • 4. Multiple birth children, as defined in the Medway co-ordinated admission scheme
  • 5. Nearness of child’s home to school measured using Medway Council’s criteria.


The main office holds a waiting list for any year group currently full.  The position of individual children on that waiting list is determined by the over-subscription criteria listed above.

Please contact the School Office if you would like to arrange a visit.  A school leader meets every new family either personally or at a meeting arranged for all children joining our Foundation Stage.

Our priority is to ensure that your child settles happily into school.  We give your child (and you) the opportunity to become familiar with the school, its routines and show how you can help your child make the best of their learning.


Fair Access Protocols (Medway)

All primary schools in Medway operate a Fair Access Protocol for in-year admissions.

On receipt of an in-year admission application, we will consider whether the child meets the criteria for consideration under the Medway's Fair Access Protocols (see below). 

The Fair Access Protocols in Medway are triggered whenever a child (whether on roll of another Medway school or unplaced) is considered hard to place, against one of the following categories:


  • those with attendance at the previous school/academy or provision of less than 70% (unless this is for a known reason such as illness) 
  • a child who has been permanently excluded once or whose most recent permanent exclusion was more than two years ago 
  • a child who has been excluded for fixed terms totalling 10 days or more over the previous two academic years 
  • a child currently attending a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or whose most recent placement was a PRU or similar provision for behavioural/social or emotional reasons 
  • school refusers not currently on a school’s roll 
  • Children wishing to return to a mainstream school from home education 
  • A child who has been out of education for 2 months or more


If, based on the information available to us or to the local authority, we can demonstrate that the child meets one or more of the fair access criteria, we will refer the application and all relevant evidence to Medway Council School Admissions and Transport Team for inclusion on the next available fair access panel meeting agenda.


Panel meetings will take place on a monthly basis (11 meetings a year) .


The panel will then discuss the most appropriate school placement, based upon the factors below (not listed in any priority order):

  • Parental/carer preferences
  • Geographically nearest / ease of travel
  • The views of the local authority
  • The most appropriate environment to support the child’s learning and development
  • Fair distribution – the number of children already taken by the school/academy
  • Whether a child has previously attended a Medway school/academy
  • Faith preferences, where evidence is provided in line with the school of faith criteria.
  • General contextual information about individual schools
  • Contextual information about individual pupils and the impact of their placement at particular schools


The school allocation of children who fall under the fair access protocols will take place at the meetings of the fair access panel to ensure places are allocated as quickly as possible.


Appeals for Year R – Academic Year 2021-2022

16th April 2021 - The offer of a place in a school will be given.

14th May 2021 - This is the date by which an appeal for Year R for September 2020 must be handed in if you do not want a place in the school you have been given. Your appeal should state your reasons for this request. Additional information may be submitted later and full information regarding your appeal will be sent to you once the school receives your initial request in writing.


You are asked to note that if the appeal is for Year R, (or any other year in KS1) that the school is bound by infant class legislation. This means that it is against the law to have more than 30 children in any one class. This school has a PAN (Pupil Admission Number) of 75 for Year R and it is likely that all the places will be allocated according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. However, the PAN may be divided in 3 groups meaning that a very small number of appeals may be upheld by the Independent Appeal Panel.


In Years 1 and 2 any successful appeals are unlikely in order that the law regarding infant classes is not broken. Consequently, there are only limited conditions under which an appeal may be upheld. Very, very few appeals, if any, are successful for Years 1 and 2 in this school because it cannot break the law and have more than 30 children in any one class. For the last few years no appeals for these two year groups have been successful at this school.

Any appeals for this school for Year R will be held in mid/late July 2021 but you are advised that there is only a small chance of success.

It is advisable to place your child on the school’s waiting list alongside any appeal request. You are more likely to be given a place from the waiting list than through the appeal process.

Any appeals lodged after 14th May for Reception/‘in-year’ casual admissions will be heard within 30 days of submitting the request.

If you have any queries regarding an appeal, then you are asked to contact the school.



Admissions for School Year 2022/23

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