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If you would like your child to attend our school, please see full details of our admission arrangements below. 

GUIDE FOR PARENTS

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Further down this page you will find a link to the Common Application Form, but before you fill in the form, you might like to browse the following frequently asked questions:

 

Q . When should I apply for my pre school aged child and, if I apply earlier, will I be higher up the list?
A. The ‘First Steps Booklet’ which includes the application form, issued by the Local Education Authority (LEA), should be available to you through your pre school, during the autumn term, for children due to start school the following September and January. You will need to complete and return the Common Application Form (CAF) to the LEA by their published deadline which is usually around the end of January. This cyclical deadline applies every year although the actual date may vary slightly. All applications will be considered together after the deadline has passed so getting your form in early won’t have any bearing on the decision to allocate places. You may wish to complete a ‘Register of Interest’ form (available electronically, below) that you can send direct to us, so that we have a note of your details. Important: This form does not constitute an application for a place. The Common Application Form is available online at  www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline

 

Q . Does it help if my child has attended your pre school?
A . In terms of aiding your child’s transition into school then yes, if a child can start school with his or her peers and friends then he or she will usually find the process less threatening. However attendance at pre school has no bearing on the decision to allocate places.

 

Q. So how are places allocated?
A. The Devon County Council criteria is as follows and your application will be placed in one of the following categories:

 

  • Category 1 Living in catchment area, with a sibling already at the school
  • Category 2 Living in catchment area, with no sibling at the school
  • Category 3 Living outside the catchment area, with a sibling already at the school
  • Category 4 Living outside the catchment area, with no sibling at the school

 

Q . What if you have more category 4 applications than you have places available?
A . The school admissions policy (which you can see below) says that the decision would be made on the distance from your home to the school.

 

Q . What if I have a relative living in your catchment area who would let me put their address on my application form – would this move me up into a higher category?
A . This would not be acceptable – the address must be the child’s home address.

 

Q. How can I find out if I live in your catchment area?
A . Please see the link below to the Devon County Council website where these maps can be viewed online. Alternatively you can contact the office on 01392 874583 and request a paper copy.

 

Q . Can I come and have a look round the school?
A . Yes – please phone the administrator on 01837 52866, who will be happy to book an appointment for you to show you around followed by a meeting with the Headteacher.

 

Q . I would like to apply for my children who are already in the school system, how are places allocated for them and who should I apply to?
A. If there are places available in the year group relevant for your child, you would normally be offered a place immediately. If that particular year group was full and you lived outside our catchment area, your application would be refused. If that year group were full but you were living in our catchment area, the Governors would consider offering you a place depending on the size of class groupings. You should apply direct to the school and the application form is available, electronically, below or upon request from the school office on 01837 52866.

 

Q. What if you refuse my child a place but I wish to challenge that?
A. You can appeal through the Local Education Authority who would hear your case and make a decision by which the school would abide.

 

Q . I have more than one child needing a place, if you take one child would you automatically take the other child.
A . No. Places would be offered according to the availability in the relevant year group.

 

Please see the useful contact below and all the links already mentioned.

 

Devon County Council
Admissions Team
Capital Court
Sowton Industrial Estate
Exeter
0345 155 1019

 

Admissions Team: 0345 155 1019 or email admissions@devon.gov.uk

 

Catchment area map http://gis.devon.gov.uk/basedata/viewer.htm?DCCService=schools

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