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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, just phone the school office on 01297 32762 or email to make an appointment – admin@kilmington-primary.org.uk

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. You can do this by applying to the Local Authority and not direct to the school.   A fresh application must 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: www.devon.gov.uk/schoolareamaps

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 www.devon.gov.uk/admissions

The appeals process is detailed at www.devon.gov.uk/school-appeals

For questions about your child joining the school or just about the admissions process in general, please don’t hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or by email to admissions@devon.gov.uk.

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 schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

School Admissions policy 2022-2023

Consultation on our Admissions policy for 2022-23

Below you will see a link to our proposed admissions policy for 2022-23. We are consulting on this between 1 November and 8 January and invite any parent or other person with an interest in our admission arrangements to read the policy and make any comments you wish. You will see where there are changes, the text is in red – either something we propose to add or, if it has a line through it, something we propose to remove.

One of the proposals is to add children who have been adopted from state care outside of England to our oversubscription criterion 1. This is in anticipation that the Department for Education will require this change for all schools as it has just consulted on changes to the School Admissions Code. It is possible that the Department’s timescales may mean that the Code is not amended before the end of February, when we have to formally set our policy. If that is the case, we may have to determine our policy without that change and then alter it later in spring or summer. We are bringing it to your attention though as a change in policy that we expect to have to introduce.

Other than changes in red and dates moving forward a year, the way our policy will work is the same as in the previous year, 2021-22 which you can also see below.

If you have any comments, you can make them to Devon County Council which is co-ordinating the consultation. Further information is at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements. You will be able to view the proposed policies for all state-funded schools in Devon and the Local Authorities policies there too.

The consultation ends on 8 January and all policies must be determined by 28 February and published in the same places by 15 March.

Proposed Admissions Policy 2022-2023

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2020 - Amended

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 apply to appeals that are submitted by parents on or before 31 January 2021. They amend the timescales and processes referred to in our admissions arrangements.

Appeals will not be heard at a face to face meeting. They will be heard by remote access – by video or telephone conference. Where it is not possible for a parent to take part by remote access, the appeal panel may make its decision based on the written information that is submitted.

A new deadline for appeals will be at least 28 calendar days from the date of the refusal to admit. Appeals will be heard as soon as possible after they are submitted with parents given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing. Parents may not submit additional evidence on the day of the appeal.

 

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2021

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Foundation will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 14 May 2021.

Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2021, they will be heard within that 40-day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged.

In-year admission appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

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