It is important to us that your child feels happy and confident when they start school. In order to provide a smooth transition we offer: a preschool club during June and July, parents’ meetings, meetings with the classteacher and a phased induction in September. The key to successful induction is good communication between home and school and this ensures we are able to be flexible in our approach and respond to individual needs. Children generally join us at the beginning of the Reception year but we have new starters at any time too.
If you decide to start your child at school part time the school will offer 5 mornings a week, 9.00 – 12.30. Schools are not required to accommodate individual requests for different part time hours e.g. only attending Mon, Weds and Fri. If you have been offered a place for your child to start school in September we will assume that they will be starting full time unless you have contacted the Headteacher to discuss other arrangements. Please contact the school office on 01364 652343 to arrange an appointment with Mrs Lee-Gammage if you wish to discuss any aspect of admissions.
Applying for a place here is straightforward. If there are enough places then everyone who applies will be offered a place. We have arrangements in place though in case we are over-subscribed with criteria to prioritise applications if necessary.
All schools have a limited number of places they can offer in Reception for new children joining the school - this is called the Published Admission Number (or PAN). For us, this has been set at 30. If we receive fewer applications than the number of places available, then places can be offered to everyone who wants one. Only where we are over-subscribed with more applications for places than we have available, do we work with Devon using the over-subscription criteria in the admissions policy for the academic year. They are a part of our admission arrangements which will be determined annually after a public consultation, hosted atwww.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements
Further information regarding the over-subscription criteria can be found using the links shown below. There are no selection tests and students of all talents and abilities are welcome, providing we can accommodate their needs.
“The First Step” booklet explains the admission arrangements for infant and primary schools and is published by Devon County Council. It is available online and in paper format from The School Admissions Team, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX4 2QG. Devon's education helpline is 0845 155 1019. Further information and information leaflets are available online fromwww.devon.gov.uk/admissions
School Admissions Online
You can apply from home 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a place in our new Reception intake - it’s quick and easy to use and there is no risk that your application will be lost in the post. You can apply for an Infant or Primary School place by clicking onwww.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline from 14 November to 15 January. At other times, you can apply on a paper version of the form – for Devon children that is the D-CAF1.
A number of our children join the school after the beginning of the Reception year as a result of transferring schools or moving into the area. Parents of such children are encouraged to make an appointment in advance if possible to visit the school. Parents must then apply on a Devon common application form. The same criteria will be used if we need to prioritise applications for a place at the school outside of the normal Reception admissions round.
If your child is successful in securing a place they will be given buddies to look after them when they join us. We also encourage your child to visit our school before they start and if possible to have some taster sessions where they stay for a morning or afternoon.
The designated area or catchment area map for our school can be found by following:www.devon.gov.uk/schoolareamaps
Consultation for 2018 -2019
Our draft policy for the academic year 2018- 2019 is available below for consultation. It will remain open for consultation until 6th January 2017. This will also be hosted at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements. On our behalf, Devon County Council will send information about this consultation to all County Councillors, local councils, schools and Early Years settings in Devon, the Church of England and Catholic Diocese, neighbouring local authorities and local community groups who may have an interest in school admissions. Suggestions for other consultees are always welcome.
Policy documentsYou can view our admissions arrangement documents at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements