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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 is being consulted on between 1 November 2021 and 7th January 2022 hosted by Devon County Council at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements.  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.  After this period, any consultation responses will be considered and the final Admission Arrangements determined which will then be published on our website by 1st March 2022.

 

 

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 Regulations about holding admission appeals over the coming 8 months or so. Due to Covid19 restrictions, there is no requirement for appeals to be heard in person at a face to face hearing. For appeals lodged until the end of January next year, the default position will be appeals by video call or by telephone conference. Those parents unable to take part can have their appeals heard in absence on the papers that are submitted. The strict timetable for appeals to be heard within a set number of days has been abandoned during this period too: they must be heard as soon as is reasonably possible, particularly over the summer holidays. The appeals timetable referred to in those policies prepared here for schools no longer applies for this summer. The wording provided for school websites includes new information and should be explicit on websites. I have also provided explicit text ahead of next year, summer 2021.

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 29 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.

 

START DATES for Reception – September 2021

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

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th September

9.00-12.00

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September

9.00-1.00 (including lunch)

Monday 13th September onwards

All day 9.00-3.15

 

Group 2

Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th September

1.00-3.00

Thursday 9th and Friday 10th September

9.00-12.00

Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th September

9.00-1.00 (including lunch)

From Thursday 16th 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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