Consultation:

Education

Below you will see the combined primary and secondary scheme Devon proposes for 2018/19. There are also links to the proposed arrangements for schools in Devon responsible for their own admissions policies and individual policy documents for Devon’s community and voluntary controlled schools. The scheme has been updated from the separate primary and secondary schemes for 2017/18 to add clarification and reflect good practice following changes in legislation. Dates have been rolled forward a year. Also, it is proposed:

  • to amend a number of school Published Admission Numbers (PANs)
  • to amend a number of school designated areas.

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?

The Devon normal round admissions scheme for admissions to all state-funded schools at the normal round for that school:

  • Reception for primary and infant schools
  • Year 3 for junior schools
  • Year 7 for secondary schools
  • Year 9 or 10 to studio schools and University Technical Colleges.

The proposed policy can be found here.

  • The Devon in-year co-ordinated admissions scheme for admissions to all schools after the normal round of admissions, from the reception year to year 11 (policy available soon).
  • The Devon Fair Access Protocol for admissions to all schools after the normal round of admissions, from the reception year to year 11, where a place cannot be offered under the in-year scheme (policy available soon).

Each school has a number of places which are available at the normal round of admissions. This is the minimum number of places which will be offered if there are sufficient requests. No request will be refused if there are remaining vacancies. PANs are determined, taking into consideration the level of demand forecast for the school, the available accommodation at the school and sensible and efficient organisation.

  • The PANs
  • The proposed policies for the following academies in other LA areas:
    • All Saints, Babbacombe, CofE Primary School, Torquay
    • Old Priory Junior Academy, Plymouth
    • Oldway Primary School, Paignton
    • Roselands Primary School, Paignton
    • Oreston Community Academy, Plymouth
    • St Edward’s CofE Primary School, Plymouth
    • St George’s CofE Primary Academy, Plymouth
    • St Marychurch CofE Primary, Torquay
    • St Matthew’s CofE Primary & Nursery Academy, Plymouth
    • Upton St James CofE Primary School, Torquay

The designated (catchment) areas for schools in Devon can be viewed here. Children resident in catchments have an admissions priority for that school.

Amendments are proposed to the catchments and boundaries in the following areas:

  • Dawlish and Cockwood
  • Feniton and Payhembury
  • Tavistock and St Rumons / St Peter’s
  • Teignmouth and Hazeldown
  • Tipton St John.

The following Devon schools do not operate designated areas for admissions purposes:

  • All Saints’ Church of England Primary School (Marsh)
  • Colyton Grammar School
  • Our Lady and St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Teignmouth
  • Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Barnstaple
  • Route 39 Academy
  • Sparkwell All Saints’ Primary School
  • The Steiner Academy Exeter
  • St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School
  • St John’s Catholic Primary School, Tiverton
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Exmouth
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Newton Abbot
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Axminster
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Buckfast
  • St Nicholas’ Catholic Primary School, Exeter
  • St Peter’s CE Aided School, Exeter.

The Local Authority is responsible for providing transport support for eligible children where there is a statutory requirement to do so and where it chooses to exercise discretion to provide it in other circumstances. The proposed policy can be found here.

Post-16 Education Travel Policy 2018/19

The Local Authority is responsible for providing transport support for eligible children where there is a statutory requirement to do so and where it chooses to exercise discretion to provide it in other circumstances. The proposed policy can be found here.

Impact assessment

If you wish to comment on these proposals, please email or write to the address below:

District Devon
Contact information: Address: Policy and Strategy Officer (Education), Room L102, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD
Email: schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk
From
08/11/2016
Until
31/01/2017
Results published
15/03/2017