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Admissions - Starting School

Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision for any family. Whether you are about to send your child to school for the first time, or moving into the area with older children, you are always welcome to come  and have a look around our school. Every day is open day - just phone the school office to make and appointment. 
 

Transition to school in the Reception year

It is very important that your child feels happy and confident when they start school. In order to provide a smooth transition we offer:

  • a preschool club for an afternoon each week during June and July,
  • early parents’ meetings to get to know you and your child
  • 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.

 

Can my child start part-time?
You are welcome to start your Reception child at school part time, if you feel they are not yet ready for full-time attendance.   However, we will expect attendance for the 5 mornings a week: 9.00 – 12.30.   We are much more flexible with afternoon attendance which can be varied from week to week - for instance your child may stay for 3 afternoons one week, 2 the next and none on the third.  This flexibility continues and is very much within your control until your child is 5 years old, when full-time attendance would be expected.  In practice we find nearly all of our children have insisted on full-time before that as they don't want to miss out on fun at school.   

 

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.

How to apply for a place.

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 and hosted at www.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 on www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline 

In-Year Admissions

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 via Devon admissions online: 

 https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/apply-for-an-in-year-place/  or phone Devon to ask for a paper 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  

 

Policy documents

You can view our admissions arrangement documents at  www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements
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