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, just phone the school office on 01297 32762 or email to make an appointment –

Transition to school in the Reception year or on admission to Nursery (FSU)

Parents who are applying for a place in our Nursery (FSU) or Reception can book a date to bring their child to a stay and play session.   You can stay with your child and get a feel for the setting and have an informal chat with Mrs Brogan and the learning support staff.     Should you wish to make a booking, please email us to request further information.

It is very important that your child feels happy and confident when they start school. In order to provide a smooth transition to the Reception year, we offer transition mornings in the summer term.

The key to successful induction is good communication between home and school and this ensures we are able to respond to individual needs.

Can my child start Reception part-time?

Once you have been offered a place for your child to start school in September we will assume that they will be starting full time.    If you feel they are not yet ready to start full-time, part-time attendance can be offered for a minimum of 5 mornings a week: 9.00am – 12.00 noon.  This arrangement can continue until your child is 5 years old (compulsory school age) , when full-time attendance is then required.   In practice we find nearly all of our children have insisted on full-time before that as they do not want to miss out on the fun and learning at school.

How to apply for a place

Once you decide you would like a place in Reception or at any other time after this, you must make a formal application.   All applications are via the Local Authority, Devon County Council.   Applications for a Reception place must also be made for children who are attending our Nursery.

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.

Applications can be made online – Applying for a place (clicking here.)

The designated area or catchment area map for our school can be found by following:

Applications for nursery places are made direct to our school.   Please see further information on our Nursery page – FSU Information

For the Normal Round intake into school, children are offered places to start in Reception at the beginning of the September term after their fourth birthday. Children who are admitted to a vacancy at any time after this point are called ‘In-Year’ Admissions.

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 15.

The Local Authority

Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. This is at

The appeals process is detailed at

For questions about your child joining the school or just about the admissions process in general, please do not hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or by email to

In-Year Admissions

Children can 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.  Again applications are made via Devon County Council.   For more information – clicking here.

Policy documents

Each academic year has its own policy document, with details about how to apply for a place in school from the start of Reception through to Year 6.

You can find our admissions policies below – we review the school policy annually and may make changes if we feel this would be in the best interests of the school and our community.

You can view our admissions arrangement documents at Devon Admissions online.

Before you apply we encourage you to do the following from Devon County Council:

Admissions Policies - If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or

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