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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. We have also launched our brand new fun and friendly after school provision – Seedlings! Seedlings is run by school staff and runs until 5.30pm. Sessions cost either £4 or £7. Further information can be found on our Clubs page.

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.

You can apply to Cedar using our admissions form: TSAT Cedar Admission form. Please send your completed forms to

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.

September 2018 entry

Appeals for children refused a place at a preferred school for admission to Year 7 or Reception class in September 2018 will be heard according to the following statutory timescales:

School admissions appeals timetable
Offer date Appeals lodged Appeals to be heard
Primary 16 April 2018 by 15 May 2018 within 40 school days
After 15 May Within 30 school days


Parents/carers will be notified of their appeal date at least 10 school days before the hearing.

A copy of the school’s statement of case will be sent to each parent/carer seven working days before the hearing.

Any additional evidence parents/carers wish to submit in support of their appeal must be sent to the clerk at least 5 working days before the hearing. Any evidence not submitted by this deadline may not be considered by the independent appeal panel.

You are asked to note that, if the appeal is for Year R, (or any other year in KS1) 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 and this number has been allocated according to the school’s over-subscription criteria. Consequently, there are only limited conditions under which an appeal may be upheld.

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.