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Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting prospect. At Lydd Primary School, we offer a common sense approach to education, which places the individual firmly at the centre.


We believe that each child can only achieve their full potential if they are happy and secure in their school environment.

Our small classes, excellent academic record, rural setting may be right for your child.


If you are wondering if Lydd Primary School is right for your child, the best way to find out is to come and visit us.

Our Open Days are:

Wednesday 18th October 9.30am - 10.30am

Thursday 16th November 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Friday 1st December 9.30am - 10.30am

Tuesday 9th January 1.30pm - 2.30pm


(If you are unable to attend on these dates please contact the school office)

Please telephone the School Office on 01797 320362
or email: for a convenient appointment.


When to apply

If your child was born between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, you should be applying for a place in a Reception class in September 2024.


Legally a child reaches compulsory school age in the term following their fifth birthday; County policy is to encourage parents to enrol their children in Reception classes before this deadline.

Applications are open from 3rd November 2023 to 15th January 2024 with the child starting in the following September.


Visiting the school

We strongly advise all parents to visit the school before applying, check the school website or Facebook page for dates of open mornings/afternoons. You are welcome to visit without an appointment at any time, although should you wish to discuss matters with the Head of School an appointment, made by telephoning the school office, would be needed.  A virtual tour can also be found on our website or Facebook page.


Once a place has been offered and accepted you and your child will be invited to visit the school on several occasions, both in school time and after school, to help integrate your child and ensure that their first day goes smoothly.


Starting school

Reception children attend school full time in Term 1, following discussions between parents and the class teacher and a comprehensive transition during the previous Term 6.  The school day begins at 8:50am and ends at 3:15pm.


Changing Schools

If you wish to apply for a place for an older child the criteria set out above still apply.  Places will be offered provided the admission does not involve us exceeding our standard number per year group. Currently our standard number is 40. Contact the Head of School for further information.


Transfer at 11

Children leaving Lydd Primary School to move to Secondary education go to a variety of schools. In their final year at primary school pupils can, if parents wish, undertake the selection test for a Grammar school place (11 plus or Kent Test). 

Many of the secondary schools in our area have their own entrance tests or have specific criteria for admission, details of which can be obtained direct from the schools concerned.


Useful information to help you:

This link will take you to our page on the DFE website which will give you information on the school, its historic performance and how we compare to other schools locally and nationally.