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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

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Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 404 children on role.
A Message from the Head of School
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 96.0%
  • Year 1 94.2%
  • Year 2 96.7%
  • Year 3 98.4%
  • Year 4 97.0%
  • Year 5 96.9%
  • Year 6 97.5%
  • Whole School - 96.8%

Admission Arrangements

Key dates for 2019 Year R admissions are as follows:


Deadline for applications: Mid January 2019


National offer day: Mid April 2019


Deadline for lodging appeals: Mid May 2019


If your child is due to start primary, infant or junior school in 2019 you can appeal between Mid April and Mid May 2019 to guarantee that your appeal will be heard by Mid July 2019. For applications made in the normal admission round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For late applications, appeals should be heard within 40 schools days from the deadline for lodging appeals where possible, or within 30 schools days of the appeals being lodged.


Kent County Council's admissions team can be contacted on 03000 416 789 for in-year places,

or 03000 416 111 for entry to primary school.

For advice call 03000 41 21 21 or email

For information about appealing for a primary school place, please visit where you will find information and documentation regarding the process.

Consultation Notice on proposed change of Admission Arrangements 2020-2021

Barming Primary School, Belmont Close, Barming, Maidstone, Kent ME16 9DY


Barming Primary School is an Academy, part of Orchard Academy Trust.

The Governors of Barming Primary School propose to amend the admissions arrangements of the school.

The significant change – to be added as point b)

b) Children who appear (to the admission authority of the Academy) to have been in state care outside of English and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted. A child is regarded as having been in state care in a place outside of England if they were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation or any other provider of care whose sole purpose is to benefit society.


Attached to this consultation notice is a copy of the proposed admissions criteria for 2020/21, with the new category, and associated note.

The consultation is for the attention of:

  • Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen

  • Other persons in the area who have an interest in the proposed arrangements

  • All other admission authorities within the relevant area

  • Whichever of the governing body and the local authority who are not the admission authority

  • Any adjoining neighbouring local authorities where the admission authority is the local authority

This consultation period is open for 6 weeks between 26th November 2018 until 14th January 2019.

Comments should be submitted in writing to:

Mrs M Smith

Orchard Academy Trust Business Manager

C/O Allington Primary School

Hildenborough Crescent




ME16 0PG


Alternatively you can e-mail your comments to:


Following the consultation period all submitted comments will be considered at a Governors meeting and the final arrangements will be published on the school website after 28th February 2019.

NEW Admissions Policy - Barming Primary School - November 2017

Admission to Year R


At Barming Primary School we offer places, in September, to all those children who attain the age of five during the course of the academic year. For 2019/20 this will be for children who will be having their fifth birthday on or between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020. Our admission number is 60. If more than 60 applications are made to the school we apply our admission criteria which give place priority in the following order:


Our over subscription policy for the year starting 2019 is:


Before the application of oversubscription criteria, children with a statement of special educational need or Education, Health and Care Plan which names the school will be admitted. As a result of this, the published admissions number will be reduced accordingly.

If the number of preferences for the school is more than the number of spaces available, places will be allocated in the following priority order:


Children in Local Authority Care or Previously in Local Authority Care – a child under the age of 18 years for whom the local authority provides accommodation by agreement with their parents/carers (Section 22 of the Children Act 1989) or who ceased to be so because they became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order under Part IV of the Act.


Current Family Association - a brother or sister in the same school at the 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 as defined by the ‘Nearness’ criterion’ (below).

In this context brother or sister means children who live as brother and sister in the same house, including natural brothers or sisters, adopted siblings, stepbrothers or sisters, foster brothers or sisters.


Nearness of children's homes to school - we use the distance between the child’s permanent home address and the school, measured in a straight line using the National Land and Property Gazetteer (NLPG) address point data. Distances are measured from a point defined as within the child’s home to a point defined as within the school as specified by NLPG. The same address point on the school site is used for everybody.


 In the event of any of the above criteria being oversubscribed, priority will be given based on distance as described above with those closest being given higher priority. In the unlikely event that two or more children in all other ways have equal eligibility for the last available place at the school, the names will be issued a number and drawn randomly to decide which child should be given the place.


Apply for Primary School Places

You can apply between Monday 5th November 2018 and Monday 15th January 2019 if your child is due to start reception year at primary or infant school in September 2018. We will let you know the new dates for 2020/2021 as soon as we do.

The website for applications is  


 In Year Casual Admissions

If you are the parent/carer of a child who has recently moved to the area, or if you are interested in a place at our school for a year group other than our Reception class, please contact the school secretary to arrange a meeting with the Head of School and a visit to the school. See above criteria for over subscription. Applicants who are refused a place at a school have the right of appeal.  These appeals are heard by an independent appeals panel. 


Children need to remain at school until they reach the age of eleven when they transfer to secondary education.


The Kent County Council Admissions and Transport Office is based at:
Sessions House
County Hall
ME14 1XJ

The telephone number is 03000 412121, and then ask to be put through to the Primary Admissions team.  You can also e-mail the Admissions Team at