Admissions, transport and relevant areas consultation
Local authorities are required to publish coordinated 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).
Devon County Council’s annual consultation on School Admission and Transport Arrangements will take place between Tuesday 1 November 2022 and Friday 6 January 2023. Policies will be determined by the end of February and published by 15 March.
School admission arrangements
This will include the normal round co-ordinated admissions scheme and in-year co-ordinated admissions scheme for 2024/25, detailed at devon.cc/lapolicies and the admissions policies for individual state-funded, mainstream schools in Devon for 2024/25.
The following schools will also be included.
- Jacobstow Community Academy
- Marhamchurch C of E Primary School
- St Mark’s C of E School
- Portesham Primary School
- Old Priory Junior Academy
- Plympton St Mary’s C of E Infant School
- St Budeaux C of E Primary Academy
- St Edward’s C of E Primary School
- St George’s C of E Primary School
- St Matthew’s C of E Primary and Nursery School
- St Peter’s C of E Primary School
- Holyrood Academy
- Neroche Primary School
- All Saints, Babbacombe C of E Primary School
- Brixham C of E Primary School
- Collaton St Mary C of E Primary School
- Ellacombe Academy
- Galmpton C of E Primary School
- Ilsham C of E Academy
- Oldway Primary School
- Roselands Primary School
- Shiphay Learning Academy
- St Marychurch C of E Primary School
- St Michael’s C of E Academy
- Upton St James C of E Primary School
- Warberry C of E Academy
A summary of significant proposed changes for policies will be published during the consultation at devon.cc/schoolpolicy.
Within each document, proposed changes are highlighted in red text. If this presents accessibility issues for you, please contact the Senior Policy Officer for an alternative version.
There are proposed changes to the school catchment boundaries for many schools across Devon. This is so that the boundaries follow recognisable geographical features such as roads, footpaths, field boundaries and watercourses.
Some residential properties are proposed to move from one catchment to another or, where the current boundary crosses through a property, they would be confirmed to be in the catchment area of one school.
Education Transport Policy
This will be for the policy for primary and secondary schools and for post-16 education for the academic year 2024/25.
Devon relevant area for school admissions
Devon County Council as the admission authority for community and voluntary controlled infant, junior, primary and secondary schools and with responsibility for co-ordinated admissions schemes and the Fair Access Protocol proposes no change to the relevant areas for admission arrangements which were set for 2024/25. That is, for 2025/26 and 2026/27, they will be:
- the administrative area of Devon County Council (not including the administrative areas of Torbay Council or Plymouth City Council)
- an area within 3 miles of the border in the local authorities of Cornwall, Dorset, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay.
The academy trusts or governing bodies of academy, free, foundation and voluntary aided infant, junior and primary schools acting as their own admission authorities, located within the Devon County Council administrative area, will be required to consult within the following relevant area:
- a 10 mile radius of the school, or, where this covers a neighbouring authority area, up to 3 miles into that area.
The academy trusts or governing bodies of academy, free, foundation and voluntary aided secondary* schools (including studio schools and University Technical Colleges) acting as their own admission authorities, located within the Devon County Council administrative area, will be required to consult within the following relevant area:
- A 15 mile radius of the school, or, where this covers a neighbouring authority area, up to 3 miles into the area.
Responses to the admissions, transport and relevant areas consultation must be submitted either in writing to Senior Policy Officer, Room L60, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to individual schools.
After the consultation, responses will be considered by the Local Authority and the admission authority for each school. A report will be presented to The Cabinet of the Council for its consideration on 10 February 2023.
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 County Council and individual 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 information below constitutes an appendix to all local authority policies:
- DfE School admissions code
- Office of the schools’ adjudicator
- Education and Skills Funding Agency
- UK – General education and learning information
- 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 email@example.com or write, marking the letter ‘School Admissions and Transport Policy’ to: Senior Policy Officer, Room L60, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.