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Herne CE Infant & Nursery School adheres to the admission’s criteria published by Kent County Council. In line with government legislation this will limit class numbers to a maximum of 30 children. The school’s published admissions number is 90 children in each year group.

Admission to Year R

All children start school in the September of the school year in which they are five. The admissions process for Entry to Year R is co-ordinated by Kent County Council. Applications are made on line between November and January through KCC Primary Admissions. Parents are informed by the LA which school their child has been allocated.


Further information can be found on our website under Starting School 2024.


Please also see the information below regarding Admission Criteria.


If you would like to visit the school please see the Tour Dates under Starting School tab.


If you require any help with Admissions please contact the school office who will be happy to help.


Please note: all dates are set by the LA and may differ from those shown.

Admission Criteria

The school does not have a catchment area - Reception places are allocated by the Local Authority (KCC) according to the school's admission criteria, as follows:

  • Children in Local Authority Care
  • Current Family Association - Sibling in Herne Infant or Junior school at time of entry, where the family continue to live at the same address as when the sibling was admitted or, if they have moved, live within 2 miles of the school, or have moved to a property that is nearer to the school than the previous property. (In this context sibling means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters and foster brothers or sisters. This does not include cousins)
  • Health and Special Access Reasons - Priority will be given to those children (or their parents/carers) whose  mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend Herne Infant School. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and Herne Infant School
  • Nearness of children's homes


Full information regarding oversubscription criteria can be found here


This criteria is also used if the school is oversubscribed.

In Year Admissions

If you are looking for a school place in Year R, 1 or 2 please contact the school office to find out if there any places available.  Schools deal with all In Year applications and maintain their own waiting lists. You will need to download and complete an In Year Admission Form and send it to the school you wish to apply for. Further advice on available places in schools can be gained from Kent County Council Admissions and Transport Department, Tel: 03000 412121.


Please use the link for further information regarding KCC In Year Admissions

Nursery Admissions

All applications for Nursery places are dealt with by the school. Please send your completed Nursery Application Form directly to the school. Further information can be found under the 'Windmill Nursery' tab.



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