The school follows the Admissions Policy of the West Country Schools Trust. Children are admitted into the Reception classes in September of the school year (1st September - 31st August) in which they will be five years of age. (Parents retain the right to defer entry for their child until January of the school year, if their child’s birthday falls between 1st March and 31st August). All school admissions are dealt with through a common application form submitted directly to the Local Authority
The Trust uses the following criteria for admissions:
At the normal point of entry, where there are fewer applicants than the Planned Admission Number (60 pupils in each year group), all children will be admitted unless they can be offered a higher ranked preference. For in-year admissions where there is space in the school, all children will be admitted unless the school can demonstrate that admission would prejudice provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources.
In the event that the School is oversubscribed, the admission authority will apply the following over subscription criteria in order of priority:
- A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.
- A child with exceptional medical or social need Applicants will only be considered under this heading if the parent/carer or their representative can demonstrate that only the preferred school can meet the exceptional medical or social needs of the child. This can be in the form of a testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional who can support the application on an ‘exceptional’ basis. Exceptional medical or social grounds could include, for example:
- a serious medical condition, which can be supported by medical evidence;
- a significant caring role for the child which can be supported by evidence from social services.
- Children with a sibling already attending this school at the time of admission. Children will be classed as siblings if they live in the same household in a single family unit. This includes for example, full, half, step, or adoptive brothers or sisters;
- A child home address is within the designated school catchment area. A child’s home address is defined as the address at which the child is normally resident or, where a child lives at more than one address, the address at which the child lives for the majority of the time.
- Children whose parent/carer is a member of staff employed on a permanent contract at this school
- Other children not shown in a higher over subscription criteria
Appeals: In the event that an applicant is denied a place at the school, the parent/carer will have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Information relating to the appeal process can be obtained from Plymouth City Council’s School Admissions Team.
Consultation on admission arrangements 2022/2023
We will be consulting on our admission arrangements for 2022/2023 through Plymouth City Council. The consultation will be live between 7th December 2020 and 17th January 2021. If you wish to find out about our policy please visit www.plymouth.gov.uk/admissionconsultation.
For any comments on the admission arrangements 2022/2023 please use the school’s email address and NOT SchoolConsultations@plymouth.gov.uk as the responses need to come back to the school direct and not the local authority.