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St Michael's CofE Primary Academy is responsible for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission to the school.  Applications are, however, made through Devon County Council who also hold the school waiting list.  Our admission arrangements comply with the School Admissions Code and School Admissions Appeals Code.  Information on how to apply for a place at St Michael’s for your children is available at www.devon.gov.uk/admissions .  Devon policies are available at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements

 

Children are offered places 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.

 

You can find our admissions policies below - we review and consult on them annually and may make changes for  future years if we feel this would be in the best interest of the Academy and our community.

Admissions 2023-24

This policy was determined by the Admissions Authority - St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust - on 14 February 2022 following a consultation between 1 November 2021 and 7 January 2022 hosted by Devon County Council at https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/arrangements-and-policies.  The proposed policy is submitted to the Diocese for consultation annually, amended according to their recommendation and then submitted annually to the LA for consultation at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements

Admissions 2022-23

This policy was determined by the Admissions Authority - St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust - on 8 February 2021 following a consultation between 1 November 2020 and 8 January 2021 hosted by Devon County Council at https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/arrangements-and-policies.  The proposed policy is submitted to the Diocese for consultation annually, amended according to their recommendation and then submitted annually to the LA for consultation at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements

VARIANCE TO THE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY 2022/2023

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.

Admissions 2021-22

This policy was determined by the Admissions Authority - St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust - on 24 February 2020 following a consultation between 1 November 2019 and 3 January 2020 hosted by Devon County Council at https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/arrangements-and-policies.  The proposed policy is submitted to the Diocese for consultation annually, amended according to their recommendation and then submitted annually to the LA for consultation at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements

VARIANCE TO THE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS POLICY 2021/2022

The 2021 policy was varied on 04 November 2020. The variation added the following to the school’s admission arrangements and supplementary information form (SIF):

“In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship”.

 

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.

Supplementary Information

Please complete one of these forms if you are wishing to apply for a church place for your child or for a place on the grounds of exceptional need.

Appeals

If you are unhappy with the school place you’ve been offered, you can appeal for any of the schools you named in your application.

If you do not wish to accept an offer of a school place – either because your circumstances have changed or you are unhappy with the alternative offer we have made, please confirm this in writing either to the School Admissions Team or the school.

What to do if your application is refused – waiting lists and the right of appeal

If you have been refused a place, your child’s name will be placed on a waiting list and you have the right of appeal to an admissions appeal panel, independent of the admissions authority. When we inform you of your offer, we will explain how the appeals process works.

If you are refused a place, you can also make additional preferences. If you appeal for a place at a school, the offer we have made is not affected – you do not risk that place on the grounds that you have appealed elsewhere.

Read the Devon County Council guide to school admission appeals for further information.

 

The appeals timetable

The government has issued new legislation and Regulations around how school admission appeals will now be conducted, called the School Admissions (England)(Coronavirus)(Appeals Arrangements)(Amendment) Regulations 2021. Part of the new Regulations disapply the requirement that appeals panels must be held in person and instead give flexibility for panel hearings to take place either by video conference, telephone or through a paper-based appeal where all parties can made representation in writing.

The Regulations also stipulate that appeals cannot be delayed or postponed until they can be heard face-to-face. As a result, Devon’s Independent Appeals Panel Service will continue to offer appeals via video conferencing facilities.

Full details and additional guidance leaflets for parents can be found on the How to appeal section of the guide to school admission appeals.

 

For primary and infant schools

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 28 May 2022. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 19 April 2022, 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.

 

START DATES for Reception – September 2022

The rationale behind our induction procedures are based firmly in the understanding that children need to feel settled, safe and happy to be able to develop as learners.  Parents also deserve the very best of our attention at all times but especially in the first few weeks of what can be an emotional time when very young children first start school.

 

You have previously been informed which group your child is in.  Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this.

 

Group 1

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September

9.00-12.00

Friday 9th September

9.00-1.00 (including lunch)

Monday 12th September onwards

All day 9.00-3.15

 

Group 2

Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th September

1.00-3.00

Friday 9th September

9.00-12.00

Monday 12th to Wednesday 14th September

9.00-1.00 (including lunch)

From Thursday 15th September

All day 9.00-3.15

 

School Motto

‘Enriching Lives Every Day’

Mission Statement

For in Him you have been enriched in every way, with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge. – 1 Corinthians 1-5 is the basis of our Christian Values of: Excellence; Nurture; Respect; Integrity; Compassion; Hope (ENRICH)

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