Finding the right school for your child is a critical decision and we appreciate that you need as much information as possible. If you are considering applying for a place for your child at Woodbury, please arrange to come and see us during the school day, so that you can see ‘Team Woodbury’ in action. Miss Pyle (Head of School) or Mr Chris Holding (Assistant Head) will be delighted to show you around so that you can see the high quality of our provision, our happy and motivated children and get a feel of our ethos and values. To make an appointment please ring the school office on 01395 232614 and speak with Mrs Wells, Mrs Latham or Mrs Doyle who will be happy to help you.
Admission into the Foundation Class: If you are applying for a place for the beginning of the school year September 2020, you will be able to apply online at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline from 15th November 2019 to 15th January 2020. If you cannot apply online, or have missed the closing date, please phone the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.
To help you decide which school would be best for your child, we would strongly encourage you to take part in a tour and meeting with Miss Pyle of Mr Holding. If you would like to do this, please let the office know, 01395 232614. We also suggest that you bring a torch as it will be dark in the evening and we will be crossing the playground to reach some of the classrooms. We are sorry that we do not offer tours during the school day due to the disruption this causes to the children
Admission during the school year or for Year 1 – 6 children: If you require a place for your child to start at a time other than at the start of school in Foundation, you need to complete the Local Authorities’ application form for 'in year admission', see the link below. If you wish to make, or support, your application on religious grounds, you must complete the supplementary form. The completed forms can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to the School Admissions Service, Room L102, County Hall, Exeter, EX2 4QG. It is helpful if you also let us know that you are applying for a place.
How places are allocated: The Local Authority co-ordinates admissions for primary schools. If there are fewer applications than places then no application will be refused. If however there are more applications for our school than places, the governing body will prioritise these according to the over-subscription criteria as detailed in our Admissions Policy, see below. The Local Authority will then look at all applications and offer a place at the highest preference school which has spaces.
Should an application be refused, parents have a statutory right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel. This will review the decision and will decide whether the refusal was justified on the grounds that the school was full. Even if the Appeals Panel agrees that the school was full, it will also consider the impact on the child and family and may still award a place at the school.
We organise our Foundation and Key Stage One children into classes of 30. 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. Any appeal for a place here is subject to Key Stage One or Infant Class Size Legislation; a more limited form of appeal.
Waiting lists: A child refused a place will be automatically entered onto a waiting list for vacancies. This will be kept either until a place is available or the parent no longer wishes to stay on the waiting list. Lists are kept in over-subscription order and are not affected by the length of time a child has been on the list. A child’s place may rise or fall on the list as places are offered and new applications are made. The waiting list will be administered by the County Admissions Team with a copy being held here at the school. If you wish to remain on our waiting list, let us know at regular intervals, for example termly.