Marden Primary Academy is a rural primary school for boys and girls of all abilities aged 4-11 years old. We are a one and a half form entry school with a published admission number (PAN) of 45 children per year group. 

Admission to Marden Primary Academy is determined in the first instance by parental preference, provided there are spaces available. If the Academy is oversubscribed, priority for admission will be given to those children who meet the criteria set out below, in priority order:

  • Children in Local Authority care or previously in Local Authority care
  • Current family associsiation (sibling)
  • Health, social and special access reasons
  • nearness of children’s homes to school

The admissions arrangements for children with Education, Health and Care Plans are the responsibility of Kent County Council. For advice on the arrangements to admit your child into school, you should contact your local SEN Officer through your local Additional Educational Needs and Resources office as the process will be different. The West Kent SEN Team can be contacted by telephone on 03000 420997 or via email at 

How to apply for your child to start at Primary school in Reception

Kent County Council manages all primary admissions for Reception year. You will need to make a Reception Common Application (RCAF) either using the online process available at or by contacting for an alternative method. Parents are encouraged to name up to three schools; putting them in order of preference with the one you would like most as first.

For children starting school in September 2022 applications for Reception year open on Friday 5th November 2021 and close on Monday 17th January 2022. If you intend to express Marden Primary Academy as your first preference, our DfE number for your application is 886/2183.


When applying online for school places, you will have to register with the website and create a user account, selecting your own password. The website will ask you to verify your account by clicking on the link provided in the email sent to the email address used to set up the account. This email is not an application. Once registered, you can then make an application for school places either straight away or by logging back in at a later time, provided it is before the closing date. If you need assistance with your application, please contact Miss Vikki Holness, our Office Manager, on 01622 831393 or email 

In Year Admissions

Kent County Council do not coordinate In Year Admissions as there is no requirement for them to do so (2.21 School Admissions Code – Dec 2014).  Parents should complete an In Year Admissions Form (IYAF) and submit it directly to Marden Primary Academy. You will need to complete one form per child.


Prospective parents are very welcome to visit Marden Primary Academy during the day to view us at work, tour the learning environment, meet the Vice Principal, class teachers and the children. Please contact Miss Vikki Holness on 01622 831393 or email to make an appointment and to discuss the admission of your child in more detail.


If we are unable to offer your child a place at Marden Primary Academy, you have the right to appeal against this to an Independent Appeal Panel. 

Appeals should be lodged to: The Clerk of the Governors c/o Marden Primary Academy, Goudhurst Road, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9JX