Thank you for considering Okehampton Primary School for your child. We hope you have also had the opportunity to look around our website We welcome pupils from two to 11 years old, although we have new starters at any time too and we invite parents and pupils to visit our school.
Applying for a place here is straightforward. If there are enough spaces, then you will receive an offer on application. However, we do have procedures to follow in the event we are over-subscribed, and will prioritise applications as necessary.
All school admissions and applications are handled by Devon County Council and you can find out more information at www.devon.gov.uk/admissions. The following questions and links are designed to help you navigate your way to applying for a place for your child, whether for a September start or in year applications. The Devon Citizens Portal allows parents and carers of children, to make applications for school places, including in-year admissions (not in year transfers to schools in another authority), two year old funding and free school meals.
Okehampton Primary School Admission Policies
Please follow our page link where you can read our Admissions policies and over-subscription criteria:
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
Devon Admissions Guidance pages have all the information you need to apply for a place in a mainstream state primary school. Please click on the links to see more details:
Questions and Answers
Q . When should I apply for my pre school aged child and, if I apply earlier, will I be higher up the list?
A. Pre-admissions into school are rolled out by Devon Admissions, please follow the instructions outlined on their website, by their published deadline which is usually the 15th 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.
Q . What happens if you miss this deadline?
A . You need to contact Devon County Council direct, who will send you the relevant application forms.
Q . Does it help if my child has attended your Nursery?
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 Nursery has no bearing on the decision to allocate places. Although, if you have a child in Nursery, you will still need to apply for your child's mainstream school place, as this is not an automatic guarantee.
Q. How are places allocated?
A. The Devon County Council website will guide you in the right direction. Please visit the School Admissions page here.
Q . Can I come and have a look round the school?
A . Yes – pre-planned dates are available for you to book a space to visit the school. Please call our school office on 01837 52866, we will be happy to book you in for a place. You will then be shown around the school by the EYFS Lead. However, if you can't make one of the pre-planned dates, please call the school office so we can accommodate and discuss further options.
Q . My child is currently attending another school and I would like to apply for a place at your school, what is the process?
A. In the first instance you can call our Lead Administrator, Nicky Shilston, who will gladly discuss options available to you. However, a direct application will need to be made to Devon Admissions. They will then forward your completed application to our school and the admissions procedure is followed. In the interim period of your application, we welcome parents and children to visit the school for a tour. To arrange a suitable date, please contact Nicky on 01837 52866 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What if you refuse my child a place but I wish to challenge that?
A. Details of the appeal system are available here.
Q . I have more than one child needing a place, if you take one child would you automatically take the other child.
A . Unfortunately, the allocation of all places are made accordingly to availability in the relevant year group.
All new pupils are required to complete a standard Data Collection form, which will be issued to you through the Administration team.
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