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Admission Arrangements

Joining St. Andrew’s

Choosing the right school for your child is one of the biggest decisions any family can make. Whether you are about to send your child to school for the first time, or moving into the area, we feel it is extremely important for you to actually come and look around our school and see the school ‘in action’ for yourself, and find out for yourself what we have to offer.

If you would like to visit, please contact us to make an appointment. There are lots of ways you can contact us:

  • Visit the school office to arrange a visit; 
  • Ring us on 01884 32206, or
  • Contact us via email on standrews@ventrus.org.uk

All admissions to the school are handled by Devon County Council’s School Admissions Team. They can be contacted on:

Phone: 0345 155 1019

Email:  admissions@devon.gov.uk 

Website: http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissions

Starting primary school for the first time

Children can start at St. Andrew’s Primary School in the September following their fourth birthday. At St. Andrew’s we have two Reception classes, called Dart. Applications can be completed online and full details can be accessed from the school admissions page of the Devon County Council website (http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissions). This process normally closes in mid January.

Applying for a place here is straightforward. If there are enough places, then everyone who applies will be offered a place. We have arrangements in place in case we are over-subscribed with criteria to prioritise applications if necessary. These criteria can be found in our Admission Policy (see below).

“The First Step” booklet explains the admission arrangements for infant and primary schools and is published by Devon County Council. It is available online and in paper format from The School Admissions Team, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX4 2QG.

Devon’s Education Helpline is 0345 155 1019.

Further information and information leaflets are available online from www.devon.gov.uk/admissions

Starting at St. Andrew’s at any other time, including in the middle of the school year.

Children may need to move school for a variety of reasons and at differing times during the school year. They may have moved into Cullompton from another part of the country or abroad, moved from elsewhere in Devon, or perhaps be seeking a transfer of school for another reason. Parents must apply on a Devon common application form. The same criteria will be used if we need to prioritise applications for a place at the school outside of the normal Reception admissions round. 

If your child is successful in securing a place we will encourage your child to visit our school before they start and if possible to have some taster sessions where they stay for a morning or afternoon.    

If you have any questions, please contact the school or Devon’s education helpline on 0345 155 1019. Alternatively, you can find further information and information leaflets are available online from www.devon.gov.uk/admissions

Applying for a primary school place online

You can apply from home 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a place in our new Reception intake – it’s quick and easy to use and there is no risk that your application will be lost in the post. You can apply for an Infant or Primary School place by clicking on

https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place

At other times, you can apply on a paper version of the form – for Devon children this is the D-CAF1.

St. Andrew’s Primary School Admissions Policy

Our admissions policy is written to comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code, School Admissions Appeals Code and other relevant legislation:

  • So that parents will know how to apply for a school place, when to apply and what happens when an application is made.
  • So that our governors, head teacher and members of staff understand what to do
  • To set out our commitment to fair, clear and consistent admissions procedures.

It should be read along with Devon County Council’s Step by Step Guide to admissions, its Co-ordinated Admissions Schemes, Fair Access Protocol and Education Transport Policy.

Admissions Policy