Message for parents


Provision for Pupils of Key Workers only (children highlighted in the government key workers document) from Friday 27th March and during the Easter holidays will be at Shute Primary School – 01297 33348 or email

The government are advising that, “If it is at all possible for children to be at home they should be”.  Using the school as a care provider should be the last option and only if you cannot keep your child safe at home.  The aim of closing schools is to minimise social interaction and to stop the spread of the virus.

Admissions – Starting School

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. Every day is open day – just phone the school office 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 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, 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 be flexible in our approach and respond to individual needs. Children generally join us at the beginning of the Reception year but we have new starters at any time too.

Can my child start part-time?

You are welcome to start your Reception child at school part time, if you feel they are not yet ready for full-time attendance. However, we will expect attendance for a minimum of 5 mornings a week: 9.00 – 12.00.  This arrangement can continue until your child is 5 years old, when full-time attendance would be expected.  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 at school.

If you have been offered a place for your child to start school in September we will assume that they will be starting full time unless you have contacted the Head of School to discuss other arrangements. Please contact the school office on 01297 32762 to arrange an appointment with Mrs Lee White if you wish to discuss any aspect of admissions.

How to apply for a place

Applying for a place at our school is straightforward. If there are enough places then everyone who applies will be offered a place. We have arrangements in place though in case we are over-subscribed with criteria to prioritise applications if necessary.

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. If we receive fewer applications than the number of places available, then places can be offered to everyone who wants one. Only where we are over-subscribed with more applications for places than we have available, do we work with Devon using the over-subscription criteria in the admissions policy for the academic year. They are part of our admission arrangements which will be determined annually after a public consultation and hosted at:

Further information regarding the over-subscription criteria can be found using the links shown below. There are no selection tests and students of all talents and abilities are welcome, providing we can accommodate their needs.

‘The Step by Step Guide’ booklet explains the admission arrangements for infant and primary schools and is published by Devon County Council. It is available online and in paper format from The School Admissions Team, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX4 2QG. Devon’s education helpline is 0345 155 1019. Further information and information leaflets are available online from 

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 and there is no risk that your application will be lost in the post. You can apply for an Infant or Primary School place by clicking here.

In-Year Admissions

A number of our children 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. Parents must then apply via Devon admissions online or phone Devon to ask for a paper form.

The same criteria will be used if we need to prioritise applications for a place at the school outside of the normal Reception admissions round.

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

Policy documents

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

Admissions Policies

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