Transition and Admission

Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus

New guidance has been published and is in force from 24 April to 31 Jan 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/admission-appeals-for-school-places/coronavirus-covid-19-school-admission-appeals

Pre-school provision

We have our own purpose built pre-school on site that is part of the school. We admit children from their second birthday, and are open daily from 9.00-3.30pm. This enables a very smooth transition into the Reception class.

Entry to Reception

Children mainly attend our Early Years Centre for their pre-school but we also admit children from a variety of other settings.

Parents will need to complete the First Steps Steps Common Application form for admission to Primary School. This is the D-CAF1, available from  Devon Application Page

Entry to Secondary School

Children from St Andrew’s transfer to The Axe Valley Community College, Axminster and Holyrood Academy, Chard, although some children transfer to Colyton Grammar School or The Woodroffe School. We have close links with Axe Valley and Holyrood schools and a full transition programme is planned. 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 Devon Application Pageor by calling 0845 155 1019. Somerset residents can find more information by clicking here.

Please see our admissions policy below for full details regarding admissions including in-year admissions.

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 on 01460 220534 to arrange a convenient time.

Admission Limits Academic Year 2019/20 from September 2019

Year Group Admission Limit
R 20
1 20
2 20
3 20
4 20
5 20
6 20

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 subject to KS1 class size legislation. 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.

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.

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 15 May 2020. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2020, 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.

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. The link to the appeals timetable is below. 

Devon County Council Admissions Appeals Timetable

Devon County Council Admission Arrangements 

ADMISSIONS POLICIES

2020 St Andrew's Chardstock Admissions Policy

2021 St Andrew's Chardstock Admissions Policy

2022 St Andrews Chardstock Admissions Policy draft

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