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Prospectus & Admissions

Why Cedar?

We aim to do an excellent job every day, ensuring that children feel safe whilst making sure they have acces to fun and engaging lessons which will motivate and challenge them.

We have a breakfast club that runs from 7:30 am and can be accessed by pupils from Reception to Year 6. In addition to this we work with Stay and Play who run an after school club up to 6:00 pm in the evening.

We are fortunate enough to benefit from extensive grounds and are well supported by our Trust and by our Parents Association – Friends of Cedar.

We have a range of support and resources that we are able to offer children.

We put Thinking at the heart of everything we do because we believe it is the best preparation for pupils to become life long learners.


We make every effort to ensure starting the nursery and reception classes is a welcoming experience for children and parents.  All our admission and transfer arrangements aim to give parents the best possible information so that we can establish and continue to develop the very important partnership between home and school.

At every stage of the admissions process we arrange opportunities for parents to talk to staff and also to receive written information. If anything is unclear we encourage parents to contact the school office. Our administrative staff are very happy to explain any aspect of admission to parents.


Part Time

Parents can apply directly to the school to have their child’s name put on the school’s waiting list. Children are admitted the term after third birthday, depending on places available.  There are 25 places in our morning nursery session (8.40am – 11.40am) and 25 in the afternoon session (12.25pm – 3.25pm). We have new intakes in September, January and April.

A meeting with the Nursery Teacher and arrangements for admitting pupils are explained to all parents once parents receive confirmation of a nursery place to ensure a happy and successful start.

Admission to the nursery does not secure a full time place in reception. Parents need to apply separately to Medway Council. Please see the information below regarding applications to the reception.

Download the Nursery Admissions Form Here



Places in full-time education are allocated by the Admissions Department at Medway Council  and not by the school.


All pupils are now eligible to start reception in the September after their fourth birthday.

We admit 90 pupils (30 pupils per class) in September each year.

Casual Admissions

The casual admissions process will follow LA guidelines that aim to make a casual admission placement within 10 school days.

  • Parents can apply for a casual admission at any time during the school year.
  • If no places are available at the time of application, a waiting list will be maintained. Names are kept in priority order according to the oversubscription criteria and not according to how long a child’s name has been on the list.
  • Any place that becomes available will be offered to the child at the top of the list.
  • All vacancies will be allocated as they arise
Casual Admissions when transferring schools without moving home

If a parent wishes to transfer their child from another school without moving home, the Headteacher will contact the child’s current school to ascertain the situation so that our school is able to offer the correct support should the child be offered a place.


Parents/carers have the right to appeal if a place is not offered to their child. Appeals will be handled in line with the School Admissions Appeals Code and the Governing Body’s policy on admission appeals.

Admissions Policy 2019/20

Please see our Admission Policy here CCA-Admission-Policy-2019. Any objections should be made in writing to

Note: General enquiries about admissions can be made by phoning Medway Council on 01634 331110 or by email: or write to Medway Council. Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR.  Prospective parents are very welcome to visit the school at any time and should contact the school office for a suitable appointment.