Swimbridge C of E Primary School admits children into the Foundation Stage Reception Class in the September of the academic year in which they will turn five years old. Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is 15.
Parents and children will be invited into visit school for a 'Stay & Play' session during the summer term before their child starts, once admission has been confirmed. During this session, parents will be given a welcome pack and will have the chance to ask the class teacher any questions. The class teacher will also arrange to make a home visit or book a phone consultation, with parents prior to the start of the September term.
During the 'Stay & Play' session the children have the opportunity to spend time in their classroom, familiarise themselves with their surroundings, and get to know the adults with whom they will be working.
The start of the September term will be phased for the first week in school, with children attending either morning or afternoon sessions. During their second week they will attend for morning session and stay for lunch, with full time commencing from week three.
The school follows the Devon County Council Guidelines for Admissions and our Admissions Policy is available for download in the useful links below.
Visiting the School
Prospective parents, carers and children are welcome to come and look around the school. Please contact us to make arrangements.
Change to 2021 Policy (October 2020)
The 2021 policy was varied on 30 October 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”.
Consultation on Admissions Policy 2022 - 23
Above you will see a link to our proposed admissions policy for 2022-23. We are consulting on this between 1 November and 8 January and invite any parent or other person with an interest in our admission arrangements to read the policy and make any comments you wish. You will see where there are changes, the text is in red – either something we propose to add or, if it has a line through it, something we propose to remove.
One of the proposals is to add children who have been adopted from state care outside of England to our oversubscription criterion 1. This is in anticipation that the Department for Education will require this change for all schools as it has just consulted on changes to the School Admissions Code. It is possible that the Department’s timescales may mean that the Code is not amended before the end of February, when we have to formally set our policy. If that is the case, we may have to determine our policy without that change and then alter it later in spring or summer. We are bringing it to your attention though as a change in policy that we expect to have to introduce.
Other than changes in red and dates moving forward a year, the way our policy will work is the same as in the previous year, 2021-22 which you can also see below.
If you have any comments, you can make them to Devon County Council which is co-ordinating the consultation. Further information is at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements. You will be able to view the proposed policies for all state-funded schools in Devon and the Local Authorities policies there too.
The consultation ends on 8 January and all policies must be determined by 28 February and published in the same places by 15 March.