Transitions and Admissions

Pre-school provision

We have close links with Uplyme Pre-school. This is held daily in Uplyme village hall. Children transferring to the Reception class at Mrs Ethelston's have the opportunity to attend Mrs Ethelston's school every Thursday morning for 2 terms before they start school. However, attendance at Uplyme pre-school does not establish a priority for a place at Mrs Ethelston's school.

For further details please contact www.uplymepreschool.co.uk

Entry into Reception

Parents will need to complete a Common Application form from the home Local Authority for admission to Primary School.  For Devon residents, this is the D-CAF1, available from www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline or by calling 0845 155 1019.  Dorset residents should contact www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions.

Entry to Secondary school

Children from Mrs Ethelson's usually transfer to the Woodroffe School, as we are a feeder school, although some children transfer to Colyton Grammar School or The Axe Valley Community College. We have very close links with Woodroffe and a full transition programme takes place during Year 6. Parents will need to complete a Common Application form from the local authority for transfer to Secondary School. For Devon residents, this is the D-CAF3, available from http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline or by calling 0845 155 1019.  Dorset residents should contact www.dorsetforyou.com/schooladmissions.

Please see our admissions policy for full details regarding admissions in year as well as the normal admissions times.

Contact details for individual schools

In Year Admissions

If you are planning to move your child during the year then all applications must be made in line with Devon LA's In Year co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. Further information and application forms are available from the school or the Local Authority admissions team (0845 1551019).

We welcome visits from prospective parents. Please contact the school office to arrange a convenient time.

In-Year Admissions Over Subscription Criteria 2013/14

 Admission Limits Academic Year 2013/14

Year Group

Admission Limit

R

30

1

25

2

30

3

25

4

30

5

25

6

25

 

All in year applications must be made in line with Devon's In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.

The Governors will usually accept applications for children to join the school in-year up to the advertised admission limit for the Year Group for that Academic Year. The Devon Fair Access In-Year Protocol may be applied.

The Governors can change the advertised admission limits at any time to reflect changes in circumstances at the school.

Admission limits are restricted to 25 in some year groups due to 3 classrooms being classified as small by the DFE. There are 3 classrooms where the space available meets DFE recommendations for a standard classroom. The final classroom is always allocated for the Reception class as it is the only one with access to outside space. Other limiting factors on the total number of children who can be admitted are the lack of school hall, lack of ICT suite, limited shared learning spaces available, the small size of the playground necessitating split breaks and the lack of playing fields.

All applications received on a particular day will be considered on the next school day. If there are more applications for a year group than there are spaces available then the applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee who will apply the oversubscription criteria in the Admissions Policy.

Any applications received over the admissions limit for that year group will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Committee.

A waiting list will be kept by the Admissions Committee for each Year Group. Waiting lists will be kept in order of the oversubscription criteria in the admissions policy. Places on lists will not be prioritised according to how long a child's name has been on the list.

Admission Appeals

If your application for admission is unsuccessful, you have a statutory right of appeal to an Appeals Panel which is independent of the school. If you have not been sent appeal papers with the decision letter refusing your application for admission, you can request a form from the School Admissions Team. You then have no less than 20 school days to return the papers, together with any supporting evidence you wish to include. You do not have to wait for this period of time before submission.

Any appeal for a place here may be subject to Key Stage One or Infant Class Size Legislation; a more limited form of appeal. This is the legal maximum number of children allowed in a Key Stage One class with one qualified teacher. There are very limited exceptions which would allow a school to exceed 30 children in a Key Stage One class.

The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will give you at least 10 days’ notice of the date when your appeal will be heard. You will also be told when you should submit any further information you would like to be considered. You will receive evidence on behalf of the school before the appeal hearing.

After appeals are heard, decision letters should be sent within five school days; you will be able to find out the outcome by telephone before then.

For appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception appeals will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. For the 2013-14 intake, this is 20 May 2013. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 19 April 2013, appeals will be heard within that 40 day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged.

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

For further information on the appeals process, parents can contact the school office or the Clerk to the Appeals Panel.

 

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