Admissions

ProspectusIf you would like your child to attend St Martin’s C of E Primary School please contact Devon County Council’s Admissions Team.

If you are interested in your child joining us, either in our main intake into Reception or at any other time, please do come along and visit us. Appointments to visit the school can be made with Steph Harvey, our  Acting Headteacher, by contacting the school on 01404 515409.

If we can make a place available to you then we will. If not, you would have the right to appeal to a panel that is independent of the school and we would place your child’s name on a waiting list for vacancies.

We have our own admissions policy because we are a Voluntary Aided school and have responsibility for admissions decisions. Our policy is reviewed every year – we take part in the Council’s annual consultation in December and January and welcome the views of our local community.

If we have a vacancy then all children are welcome to join us. If we are oversubscribed, we still welcome all children but give priority to particular groups.

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.

For admissions in 2019-20, the following oversubscription criteria will be used:

  1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order.
  2. Priority will next be given to children based on their exceptional medical or social needs or those of a parent with evidence from a medical specialist or social worker of the child’s or parent’s need and why they must attend this school rather than any other, based on those needs.
  3. Priority will next be given to children living within the catchment area set out in the map in our admissions policy, who are siblings of pupils of this school.
  4. Priority will next be given to other children living within the catchment area.
  5. Priority will next be given to children living outside the catchment area area, who are siblings of pupils at this school.
  6. Priority will next be given to children of members of staff employed for more than two years or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy for which there was a skills shortage
  7. Priority will next be given to children living outside the catchment area, who regularly attend (or whose parents regularly attend) a Christian church.
  8. Priority will next be given to children who are on roll at Little Parrots Nursery at St. Martin’s.
  9. Other children.

We only use these oversubscription criteria when we are oversubscribed. For full details of our admission arrangements, please look at our admissions policies.

We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council which help parents to make applications for admission to school. Parents can apply through Devon for in-year admissions and through the local authority where the child lives for the normal round of admissions. We may also ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) or provide a letter from a priest or minister to demonstrate that your child should have higher priority on faith or staff grounds. The SIF is included in the policy documents.

For in-year admissions in any academic year, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

School Appeals Process

Please find information on the Devon school admissions appeals process at https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/school-appeals

If you would like further information, please contact us in school on 01404 515409 or Devon’s Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019.

Admissions Information: www.devon.gov.uk/admissions
Devon’s admissions policies: http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements
Online applications in Devon: www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline
More on the appeals timetable: https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/guide/guide-to-school-admission-appeals

Admissions to the Nursery

Admissions to the Nursery are managed by the Nursery Administrator under a separate policy. This policy must be read in conjunction to the Nursery Terms and Conditions document. These can be viewed by the links below:

Admission-to-the-Nursery-Policy

Nursery Terms & Conditions

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