Children begin school at the start of the academic year in which they will turn five years old and whether it is your first child is starting school or your fourth it is important that you choose the school that is right for your child. The school website gives prospective parents a taste of what school life at Bridge & Patrixbourne CEP School is like and the information on this page goes through the procedure and the children's eventual induction. If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to contact us.

Starting Primary School in September 2021

Choosing the Right School for your Child

When applying for a primary school, the most important thing is to ask yourself, 'Would my child be happy here?' and, in normal circumstances, we would certainly encourage you to visit the school and to bring your child with you. 

We will still be holding our parental tours but in order to minimise any risk, we will be making some adjustments to the we hold them. Our headteacher, James Tibbles, will be happy to give you a tour of the school and to show you our incredible children. Unfortunately, we will not be able to enter any of the classrooms but you will be able to see the fantastic learning taking place from the classroom door.

As always tours must be pre-booked and only one family group will be shown around at any one time. The length of each tour varies but they generally last approximately 45 minutes. 

Normally, we welcome children on the tour as well so that they can explore the school, if you can make alternative arrangements for your child then that would be helpful but if not, all children must remain at their parent's side at all times.

All visitors to the school are required to read and sign our COVID-19 visitor agreement on arrival - a copy of which can be found here: COVID-19 Visitor Agreement


We love to share our school and it is with regret that we must impose these restrictions but we are doing our best to keep everyone safe in the current circumstances.

Tours start from Monday 19th October and these can be booked by contacting the school office on 01227 830276.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bridge School.

Key Dates for Primary Transition

Thursday 5th November 2020 School applications open 
Throughout November Individual school tours
Friday 15th January 2021 School applications close
Friday 16th April 2021 (during Easter Holiday) National Offer Day
Wednesday 5th May 2021 Places must be accepted/refused
Thursday 24th June 2021 Transition into School Parent Meeting (via Zoom)
Wednesday 1st September to Friday 3rd September 2021 Individual sessions
Monday 6th September 2021 Year R children start (half-days)
Monday 13th September 2021 Year R children able to start full-time


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