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Ilfracombe Infant and Nursery School: Proposal to lower the age range

Ilfracombe Infant and Nursery School is a Community School with a registered age range of 3-7 years of age. The school has a nursery, located on the school site in a separate building, with generous outdoor space. The Nursery class provides places for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Devon County Council is now consulting on a proposal to lower the age range of the school from 3-7 to 2-7 years of age from April 2022. A change to the age range of a Community School requires a statutory process to be followed which includes a consultation and formal representation period.

As a temporary measure, due to the demand for places for 2-year-olds in the area, an extended service provision has been set up so that the school can admit 2-year-olds to the Nursery class before the age range of the school is formally lowered.

Parents will still need to make a separate application to Devon County Council for a place in the Reception class.
There will be no effect to the school’s published admission number for school aged children and the proposal will not put pressure on classroom space as the 2-year-olds will be accommodated within the existing nursery provision. No capital funding is required for this proposal.

If the decision is made to proceed further with the proposals, then the timetable for the remainder of the process (assuming agreement to each stage) is likely to be:
Brief Notice issued and 4-week period for responses – March 2022
Devon County Council makes decision – April 2022
Implementation – 25 April 2022

We would like to hear your views on this proposal.

You can respond to this consultation by:
or writing to:
Strategic Planning Children’s Services, Room 120, Devon County Council, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD.

All responses will be shared with the school unless you request otherwise. Please note that all comments will be properly considered by the decision-makers, but we will not send individual responses to any specific points raised. The Devon County Council Consultation Webpage will be updated, and all statutory requirements complied with.

The closing date for responding to this consultation is 17 February 2022.


Consultation method:
Contact information: Address: Strategic Planning - Children's Services, Room 120, Devon County Council, Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 4QD
Phone: 01392382057