Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus
New guidance has been published and is in force from 24 April to 31 Jan 2021
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 Page or 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.
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.
The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2020
The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 apply to appeals that are submitted by parents on or before 31 January 2021. They amend the timescales and processes referred to in our admissions arrangements. Appeals will not be heard at a face to face meeting. They will be heard by remote access – by video or telephone conference. Where it is not possible for a parent to take part by remote access, the appeal panel may make its decision based on the written information that is submitted. A new deadline for appeals will be at least 28 calendar days from the date of the refusal to admit. Appeals will be heard as soon as possible after they are submitted with parents given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing. Parents may not submit additional evidence on the day of the appeal.
The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2021
Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 14 May 2021. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2021, 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.
Link to Devon Admissions Appeals Timetable
Devon County Council Admission Arrangements & Policies
2020 St Andrew's Chardstock Admissions Policy
2021 St Andrew's Chardstock Admissions Policy
2022 St Andrew's Chardstock Admissions Policy