Is your child starting school in September 2024?
If your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, you will need to apply for a school place for September 2024. We would be delighted to welcome you to The Grove!
We know that choosing a school for your child is a big decision – it can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for children and parents alike! We understand it can be a daunting process for parents, especially those who are going through this process for the first time - we are here to support families to ensure this important decision is the right one for each child’s learning journey.
We would encourage you to look at the different sections across our website as they contain a wealth of useful information about life at The Grove. Our Explore our Academy page includes an interactive map and a virtual tour of our academy by Mrs Wicksey, our Academy Head. While this video was made to showcase our academy at a time when COVID-19 restrictions meant we couldn’t hold tours, it still gives a flavour of our wonderful academy. You are, of course, also welcome to contact us with any specific enquiries you may have.
The Grove also offers places for Year 3 for children moving on from an infant school.
Come & Visit!
We are so proud of our academy and warmly invite new families to visit us to experience first-hand the welcoming, inclusive and encouraging learning environment we offer.
Please contact the Academy office on 01276 22447 or by emailing email@example.com to arrange a visit
We look forward to welcoming you to The Grove.
How to apply
You can apply for a school place for September 2024 between 30th October 2023 and 15th January 2024.
If you live in Surrey, you can find further information about school admissions and apply online here or you can call 0300 200 1004. If you live in Hampshire, you can find further information about school admissions and apply online here or you can call 0300 555 1377.
The Grove has a Published Admissions Number (PAN) of 60 for initial entry (Reception Class) and 4 for entry to Year 3 (meaning an additional 4 places are available for children to join our Year 3 classes).
The Kite Academy Trust is the admission authority for all its academies. The allocation of school places at initial entry (Reception Class) and entry to Year 3 (having attended an infant school) is co-ordinated by the Local Authority Admissions Team in accordance with our published admission arrangements (see below).
Once places have been offered by the Local Authority, any waiting list for places will be ranked according to our oversubscription criteria and managed by The Grove.
Applying for a place at a school during the academic year and outside of the normal round of admissions (as described above) is called an ‘in-year admission'. An in-year admission may be made, for example, if you move house and your child can no longer attend their current school. Any parent can apply for a place at The Grove at any time.
In-year admissions are co-ordinated by the Local Authority on our behalf. Further information can be found here. Applications should be made using the application form below and submitted to:
School Admissions Team
Surrey County Council
PO Box 475
Alternatively, applications can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance notes can be found below. A hard copy of these notes and the application form is also available from the academy office.
Upon receipt of an in-year application, the Local Authority will process the application as quickly as possible, usually within 15 working days of receiving your fully completed application form. Where an application is refused, there is the right to appeal. Details of how to appeal can be found below.
Where an applicant is offered a school place following an in-year application, and the offer is accepted, arrangements will be made for the child to start school as soon as possible, particularly where the child is out of school.
Right to Appeal
All parents have a right to express a preference for the school they would like their child to attend. The admission authority must offer a place at that school unless there is a legal reason for refusing a place. All parents have the right to appeal against any decision made by or on behalf of an admission authority as to the school their child attends under legislation produced by the Department for Education (DfE). For information about the appeals process, please visit www.surreycc.gov.uk/schoolappeals
Admissions Arrangements 2025/26
Our admissions arrangements for the academic year 2025/26 will be determined by the Board of Trustees of the Kite Academy Trust at their meeting on 7th February 2024.