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Admissions

Come and visit us

If you are interested in your child joining the school, please contact us to discuss what we have to offer and to arrange a visit if you can.

You can contact the school on 01769 572656 or email admin@smups.devon.sch.uk

Once you decide you would like a place you need to make a formal application.

How to apply

Most children join our school at the normal round, the main intake into school from the start of September in Reception. As a parent, you can apply for a place through the Local Authority.

There are different options for parents of children starting school in Reception. This includes part-time education and deferring or delaying admission until later in the Reception year or, for children with birthdays in the summer term, till the following September. Come and talk to us if you are considering this.

Do also come and talk with us if you are interested in a place in a different year group for any reason.

Applications for residents of Devon are made between 15 November and 15 January for primary schools at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline.

If your child lives in another LA, including Somerset, you should apply through that council. The closing dates are the same nationally.

If you are interested in your child joining the school in-year (once the academic year has started), please do not hesitate to contact the school. Applications can be made online at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline or by using the forms available at http://devon.cc/applicationforms

There is a right of appeal and to a place on a waiting list for places where an application is refused.

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

If you are interested in a place at the school, or have any questions about the admissions process, please contact the school on 01769 572656 or email admin@smups.devon.sch.uk

The Devon School Admissions service can also be contacted on 0345 155 1019 or by email to admissions@devon.gov.uk Devon publishes guides to the admissions process: the Step by Step Guide and the In-Year Guide at http://devon.cc/prospectus

Admission Arrangements

As a VA school we are our own Admissions Authority, with responsibility for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admissions. However, we work closely with the Local Authority, and participate in the Devon County Council in year co-ordinated admissions scheme.

Devon County Council publishes information about in-year admissions, and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. This can be found at www.devon.gov.uk/admissions

Our Admissions Policies

We have an Admissions Policy for each academic year, written to comply with the School Admissions Code 2021 and School Admissions Appeals Code 2022. They are published on this page annually when they are proposed for consultation and after they have been determined. They each include information about application and appeal timelines, and Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs). An online application form, together with further information about admissions and appeals, is available on the Devon County Council website: www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline

The governing board has requested an in-year variation to the school’s admissions policy for 2022-23 and 2023-24.  This is to extend the catchment area into the former catchment area for Chittlehampton school. Comments can be made by email to the school and/or to schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk   

The school’s Admission Arrangements for the current year (2022-23) and for the next academic year (2023-24) are attached below.

The proposed Admissions Policy for 2024-25 (also attached below) is available for consultation from 1st November 2022 to 6th January 2023.

School Admissions Policy 2022-23

See our determined policy below. If you have any queries regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or contact schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

The following amendments were made in August 2021 to the determined policy for 2022-23 to comply with the revised School Admissions Code 2021: priority for children adopted from state care outside England was added to oversubscription criterion 1; wording added to reflect that decisions on in- year admissions must be sent to a parent within 15 school days; provision

added for Hard to Place children; advice added regarding applications for overseas children.

An addition to the catchment area requested in August 2022 following the closure of Chittlehampton School is shown in the map within the policy document, and the changes are explained in red text.

School Admissions Policy 2023-24

See our determined policy below. If you have any queries regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or schoolsadmissionpolicy- mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

An addition to the catchment area requested in August 2022 following the closure of Chittlehampton School is shown in the map within the policy document, and the changes are explained in red text.

Proposed School Admissions policy 2024-25

See the proposed policy for consultation below. This will be open for comment during a public consultation for all policies in Devon between 1 November 2022 and 6 January 2023. Please do not hesitate to contact the school or the Devon School Admissions service if you have any queries.

If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school at admin@smups.devon.sch.uk or contact schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

There is a proposed change to the order of priority within the over- subscription criteria from that in the 2022 and 2023 policies.

The policy will be determined by our admissions authority before the end of February and published here by 15 March 2023.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2023

Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 May 2023. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 17 April 2023, 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.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2024

Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 May 2024. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2024, 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.