School Admissions

Tarka Learning Partnership is the admission authority for the schools within the Trust. It has responsibility for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission.

Each school has an admissions policy for each academic year and they will be published on this page and on school websites when they are proposed for consultation and after they have been determined annually. They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code 2021 and School Admissions Appeals Code 2022.

If you are interested in your child joining a TLP school, please contact the school to discuss what they have to offer and arrange a visit if you can (see school pages for school contact details). Once you decide you would like a place you must make a formal application.

Applications (including in-year applications)

We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council.

Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. This is at www.devon.gov.uk/admissions

Applications can be made online at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline or by using the forms available at http://devon.cc/applicationforms

Applications for residents of Devon are made between 15 November and 15 January for primary schools.

Applications for residents of Devon are made between 1 September and 31 October for secondary schools.

If your child lives in another LA, including Cornwall, Dorset, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay you should apply through that council. The closing dates are the same nationally.

If you are interested in your child joining a Tarka Learning Partnership school in-year (once the academic year has started), you can apply for a place through Devon County Council at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline

There is a right of appeal and to a place on a waiting list for places where an application is refused.

The appeals process is detailed at www.devon.gov.uk/school-appeals

Admissions arrangements

Please see our parent privacy notice and student privacy notice published on our privacy notices page.

Please refer to the individual schools’ websites (which can be navigated via the logos below).

Most children join our schools at the normal round (the main intake into primary school from the start of September in Reception and for secondary the start of September in Year 7). As a parent, you can apply for a place to the Local Authority.

There are different options for parents of children starting school in Reception. This includes part-time education and deferring or delaying admission until later in the Reception year or, for children with birthdays in the summer term, to the following September. Please talk the school if you are interested in a place in a different year group for any reason.

For questions about your child  joining a Tarka Learning Partnership school or just about the admissions process in general, please don’t hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or by email to admissions@devon.gov.uk  Devon publishes guides to the admissions process: the Step by Step Guide and the In-Year Guide at http://devon.cc/prospectus

Admissions Policies 

For each school’s policy for each academic year, please see: http://devon.cc/schoolpolicy or school websites.

School admissions policy 2023-24

If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

School admissions policy 2024-25 

For each school’s determined policy for 2024-25 academic year, please see: http://devon.cc/schoolpolicy or school websites.

School admissions policy 2025-26

For each school’s determined policy for 2025-26 academic year, please see: http://devon.cc/schoolpolicy or school websites.

Admissions appeal timetable for 2024-25 admissions:

Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 May 2024. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2024, they will be heard within that 40-day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged. In-year admission appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 March 2024. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 1 March 2023, they will be heard within that 40-day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged. In-year admission appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2025-2026

The deadline for submitting appeals allows appellants at least 20 school days to prepare and submit a written appeal. The appeal must then be heard within 40 school days for the normal round and within 30 days for in-year admissions.

Allocation date for the normal round Reception or the new Year 3 intake: 16 April 2025

Deadline for appeal forms to be submitted: 31 May 2025

Appeals will be heard within 40 school days, by: 25 July 2025

Where possible, appeals that are submitted after 31 May will be heard by 25 July. If that is not possible, they will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being submitted.

Allocation date for the normal round new Year 7 or 10 intake: 3 March 2025

Deadline for appeal forms to be submitted: 22 April 2025

Appeals will be heard within 40 school days, by: 24 June 2025

Where possible, appeals that are submitted after 22 April will be heard by 24 June. If that is not possible, they will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being submitted.

In-year appeals can be submitted after a refusal. They will be heard within 30 school days of an appeal being submitted.