Broadwater Lane, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 5RP

Tel: 01892 527588

Broadwater Down Primary School



Information regarding school tours for our Reception 2023 intake will available on the school website from September 2022.  

Please click here to see our school’s Admission Policy,  which has been agreed by Governors and is based on KCC’s model policy. 

How to Apply

You can apply online or by post. Full details of how to apply and admissions criteria are available on the Kent website.

Local Authority website including admission criteria:

For advice: call 03000 41 21 21 or email

You can apply for up to 3 schools, putting them in order of preference. It is in your best interests to list 3 schools. Naming only one school does not guarantee your child a place at that school or give your child priority for a place over another child, neither does naming a school more than once.


Oversubscription Criteria as defined by the Local Authority:

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.

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:

  •  Looked After Children and previously Looked After Children A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local
    authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of  the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.

    A previously looked after child means such children who were adopted (or subject to child arrangements orders or special guardianship orders) immediately following having been looked
    after and those children who appear to the admission authority to have been in state care outside of England and ceased to be in state care as a result of being adopted.

     A child is regarded as having been in state care outside of England if they were in the care of or were accommodated by a public authority, a religious organisation, or any other provider of care
    whose sole or main purpose is to benefit society.

  • 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).

    If sibling priority is lost, it will not be reinstated for any reason. 

    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.

  • Health and Special Access Reasons – Medical, health, social and special access reasons will be applied in accordance with the school’s legal obligations, in particular those under the Equality Act 2010. Priority will be given to those children whose mental or physical impairment means they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Equally this priority will apply to children whose parents’/guardians’ physical or mental health or social needs mean that they have a demonstrable and significant need to attend a particular school. Such claims will need to be supported by written evidence from a suitably qualified medical or other practitioner who can demonstrate a special connection between these needs and the particular school.

  • 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. 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. When we apply the distance criterion for an oversubscribed Community or Voluntary Controlled school, these straight line measurements are used to determine how close each applicant’s address is to the school.

A waiting list will be held for at least the first term of the academic year in oversubscription criteria order.

In-Year Admissions

Admissions in other year groups (In-Year Admissions) need to be made directly via the school. Please contact the school office for more information.  A form can also be downloaded at

Appealing for a place at our school

If you have applied for a place at our school and been offered a different school due to over subscription you can find out how to appeal for your child's school place here: 

From the date of notification on the letter that says your child's application was unsuccessful you have 20 school days to prepare and lodge your written appeal, including submitting additional evidence and sending the reasons for your appeal to the panel mentioned in the link above.

You will receive notice 10 school days before your appeal hearing takes place. We will aim to send you a letter with the final decision within 5 school days of the hearing wherever possible.