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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 .  Devon policies are available at


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 2022-23

We will consult on an admissions policy between 1 November 2020 and 8 January 2021. If you have any comments regarding the policy we propose, you can contact us at the school or  

After the consultation, we will determine the policy at a meeting of the admissions authority held before the end of February 2021.  Once determined, the policy will be updated by 15 March 2021. Objections can be made up to 15 May 2021 to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator.

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  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


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”.

Admissions 2020-21

This policy was determined by the Admissions Authority - St Christopher's Multi Academy Trust - on 25 February 2019 following a consultation between 1 November 2018 and 4th January 2019 hosted by Devon County Council at  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

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.


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 2020


Welcome to St Michael’s!  As mentioned when we sent out the initial information, the staggered start times shared were subject to change.  Below is the new plan for the first four weeks, all being well.  You will also have received the newsletter sent to all parents containing information about key controls in school, what to expect etc.



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.




Please note – group number is the same as the group number on your transition group letter.



Week 1 (Mon 7th – Fri 11th Sept)


Group 1

9am – 11.45am

Group 2

12.45pm – 3.00pm









Week 2 (Mon 14th – Fri 18th Sept)


Group 1

9am – 12.45pm (including lunch)

Group 2

9am – 11.45am











Week 3 (Mon 21st – Fri 25th Sept)


Group 1

9am – 3.00pm

Group 2

9am – 12.45pm ( including lunch)








Week 4 (Mon 28th Sept – Fri 2nd Oct)


 All in full time – 9.00-3.00









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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