2020/21 admissions policies consultation
For general information on admissions in Devon or application forms, please see School admissions.
Local authorities are required to publish co-ordinated admissions schemes for the first entry to schools in their area. That means primary schools (reception, a transfer from infant to junior schools, first to middle schools) and secondary schools (middle to high schools and primary to secondary schools).
You will see the combined primary and secondary scheme Devon proposed for 2020-21. There are also links to the proposed arrangements for schools in Devon that are responsible for their own admissions policies and individual policy documents for Devon’s community and voluntary controlled schools. The scheme will be updated from the normal round scheme for 2019-20 to add clarification and reflect good practice following changes in legislation. Dates will be rolled forward a year.
The main change that is proposed is to introduce a common Supplementary Information Form for parents to use if, and only if, they are seeking additional priority for admission to a school on the grounds of an exceptional medical or social need to attend that school.
In Devon, we believe that arrangements should be open for consultation annually, including all aspects of the arrangements such as the number of places available at each school. While not a legal requirement where there are no changes proposed, this enables parents new to admissions and new members of staff and governors at schools to consider the arrangements. You are invited to review the arrangements for Devon and Devon schools and to ask yourself the following questions:
- Are the arrangements reasonable?
- Are the arrangements clear?
- Are the arrangements objective?
- Do the arrangements comply with the School Admissions Code 2014 and the School Admissions Appeals Code 2012 – and the laws and regulations behind them?
- Will the arrangements cause disadvantage or discrimination?
- Could changes be made that would improve the arrangements, including the number of places available at a school, how they prioritise children when they have more applications than places, the designated areas for schools or how applications are managed?
If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us using the details at the bottom of this page. The closing date for responses, either to us or directly to a school is 4 January 2019.
To view the proposed Devon Normal Round Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme 2020-21, the Devon In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme for 2019-20 and the Devon Education Transport Policies for 2020-21, please visit devon.cc/lapolicies.
To view the proposed admissions policies for 2020-21 for Devon state-funded schools and for a number of Plymouth and Torbay academies, please go to devon.cc/schoolpolicy. Admissions policies for each school for 2018-19, 2019-20 which have already been determined and the proposed policy for 2020-21 can be found in individual school folders.
If you would like this in a different format such as large print, Braille or tape, or in a different language, please contact the Council’s Information Centre on 01392 380101 or email email@example.com. Where you see a link, this will take you to further information. If you are unsure of any terms or have a question about any aspect of these arrangements, please contact the Policy and Strategy Officer, marking your email ‘Admission Arrangements’.
Policies will be determined by 28 February 2019 and published here by 15 March 2019.
This constitutes an appendix to all local authority policies:
- DfE School admissions code
- Office of the schools’ adjudicator
- Education and Skills Funding Agency
- Gov.UK – General education and learning information
- Gov.UK – School admissions and transport to school advice
- Ofsted – Office for Standards in Education
- Ofsted – Primary and Secondary schools information and reports
- GIAS – Get information about schools
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or write, marking the letter ‘Admissions arrangements’ to:
Policy and Strategy Officer (Education), Room L60, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.