Admissions to Pluckley

Pluckley Church of England Primary School provides a high quality education in an idyllic rural location.

We are at the heart of the community and are justly proud of our achievements. Please read below comments that have been made about our school from parents, pupils, Ofsted and others.

Comments from parents:

"Communication with parents is good, staff are always friendly and welcoming, always going above and beyond."


"My children love school, the teachers are amazing and I have complete trust."


"Providing a happy safe environment with excellent pastoral care for my children to learn in."


"My children are new to the school and I am so happy and my children are happy here, and they have a lovely teacher."


"The school has great values which I hope will continue to be upheld, Pluckley School strives to achieve high standards in education."


"Brilliant teaching!"

Comments from Ofsted:

"This school is a joyful Christian community. Everyone is accepted, well cared for and loved. The Christian ethos is implicit in all that the school does. Its pupils are confident, articulate, reflective and kind. They are well prepared to continue with the next phase of their education."

2013 Church Inspection


"Pupils’ behaviour in lessons is outstanding. They take turns, help each other and are very willing to support each other’s learning."

2011 Section 8 ICT inspection


"The school shows outstanding strengths in pupils' spiritual moral, social and cultural development, the excellent care, guidance and support it offers all of its pupils, but more especially the most vulnerable."

2010 Section 5 Inspection

Further Information Regarding Admissions

Tours and Open Mornings for Prospective Parents

Do you have a child starting school in September 2024?  

Do you think Pluckley is the school for you?

If so, we would be delighted to introduce you and your child to our school; our Open Mornings for prospective Year R parents take place on:

  • Wednesday 18th October at 10am
  • Wednesday 1st November at 10am
  • Wednesday 22nd November at 10am

If you would like to book a place on any of these visits - or you have any other questions - please do not hesitate to contact us

Contact Us

In Year Admissions

As well as our Reception Class intake each year in September, we also accept in year admissions. Please contact the school office on 01233 840422 or using to find out the current availability of places.

If places are available, you will need to complete an In Year Admissions Form (IYAF).

In Year Admissions Form

After you have completed the form you will need to bring or send it to the school you're applying to.

Please Note - You need to fill in a separate form for each child and for each school you want to apply to.

Information About How To Apply For An In Year Admission Place.


Oversubscription Criteria

If our school is oversubscribed we use the criteria set out in our admissions arrangements, to decide the order in which children are offered places.

How to appeal a school offer - 2024

If your child is due to start primary school in September 2024, you can appeal if you are refused a place at one of your preferred schools on National Offer Day (Tuesday 16 April 2024).

You must submit your appeal before Tuesday 14 May 2024 for it to be considered by Tuesday 16 July 2024. Any appeals received after this time will be heard within 40 school days from the deadline, or where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 school days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged where reasonably possible in line with updated guidance from the Department for Education.

We recommend that you still accept the place your child has been offered. This will not affect your appeal and will guarantee your child has a school place if your appeal is unsuccessful. If your appeal is successful you must remember to tell the school you were originally offered that you no longer want the place.

Information Regarding Appeals

Timetable for Appeals - Primary

Your appeal will be heard at what is called a Hearing, within a time scale of 40 school days from 14th May 2024. It is likely to be heard at the end of June and by Tuesday 16th July.

All other appeals known as ‘in-year’ admissions and those for Year R submitted after 14th May 2024 will be heard within 30 school working days of submitting the request.

Your appeal request should state your reasons for your request and any additional information/documentation/appendices should be submitted five days before the Hearing to allow time for it to be copied and distributed to all the interested parties. At least 10 working days before your appeal, unless you choose to waive this right, you will be sent detailed information regarding the process and also the date and names of the independent panel members who will hear the appeal.

The school is unable to guarantee that any original work/evidence/folders, submitted as part of the appeal, will be returned. Appellants may wish to submit copies in advance and then take important original documents verifying evidence to the appeal. 

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

Admissions for children starting Year R in September 2025

If you have a child due to start school in September 2025 and are considering Pluckley Church of England Primary School please do not hesitate to get in contact to arrange for a tour or just to get more information.

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Admissions Arrangements 2023 - 24 29th Nov 2022 Download
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