Admissions

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 refer to our Admissions policy in the first instance.  To arrange a visit to come and see us during the school day, so that you can see ‘Team Woodbury’ in action, please contact the school office on 01395 232614.   Miss Pyle (Head of School) or Mrs Julie Simpson (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.

Policies:  You can find our Admission Policies below, these are reviewed annually with each academic year having its own policy document with details on how to apply for a place.

Admissions Procedure:

Admission into the Foundation Class:  If you would like to apply for a place in Foundation for the beginning of the school you must make a formal application to the Local Authority.  For the Normal Round intake into school, children are offered to start in Foundation at the beginning of the September term after their fourth birthday.  (children who are admitted to a vacancy at any time after this point are called ‘In-Year Admissions’)

We would strongly encourage you to take part in a tour and meeting with Miss Pyle or Mrs Simpson.  Tour dates and times will be published on our website in the autumn term.  Please call the office to let us know you will be attending on, 01395 232614. 

The next year of Foundation entry should be made on at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline.   Please refer to our policy and call the Admissions team if you have any queries.  If you cannot apply online, or have missed the closing date, please phone the Admissions Team on 0345 155 1019. 

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 Foundation, you will need to make a formal application to the Local Authority as an 'In Year Admission' through www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline - see link below.  If you wish to make, or support, your application on religious grounds, you must complete a supplementary form.  The completed forms can be submitted by email to admissions@devon.gov.uk, 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. 

Appeals process:  Should an application be refused, parents have a statutory right of appeal, within 28 calendar days of refusal to admit, 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.  Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Foundation will be heard within 40 school days.  In-Year admission appeals must be heard within 30 school days.  Appeals are no heard face to face but by remote access.  If this is not possible decisions will be made on written information submitted.

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

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.

 

The Local Authority

Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process www.devon.gov.uk/admissions 

Applications can be made online at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline or by using the forms available at http://devon.cc/applicationforms 

For questions about your child joining the school or about the admissions process please contact Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 1551019 or by email to admissions@devon.gov.uk

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY 2021/22 

The following amendments were made in August 2021 to the determined policy for 2021-22 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.

 

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY 2022/23

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.

CONSULTATION ON OUR ADMISSIONS POLICY FOR 2023/24 

We are consulting on the admission arrangements for 2023-24 for this school. We are not proposing any changes from our 2022-23 policy. This consultation is hosted at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements and includes the admission arrangements and education transport policy for Devon County Council and all other state-funded schools in the county. It ends on 7 January 2022. We will publish the final version here by 15 March 2022. Comments and queries can be made to the school or to schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk or to Admissions and Transport Policy, Room L60, County Hall, Exeter EX2 4QG

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