Admissions

Harbertonford C of E Primary School is a member of the Link Academy Trust which is the admissions authority, responsible for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission. We have an admissions policy for each academic year. They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code and School Admissions Appeals Code. We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council. 

Come and visit us

If you are interested in your child attending our school, you are welcome to come in and visit us. You can arrange a visit by calling 01803 732352 or by emailing adminharbertonford@thelink.academy.  Vicky Rawlings, the administrator will be able to discuss admission with you. 

Applying to come here

Once you decide you would like a place in Reception or at any other time after this, you must make a formal application. You can do this by applying to the Local Authority and not direct to the school. A fresh application must be made for children who are attending our Nursery.  Applications for Nursery places are made direct to the school. Please see further information on our Nursery page. 

For the Normal Round intake into school, children are offered places to start in Reception at the beginning of the September term after their fourth birthday. Children who are admitted to a vacancy at any time after this point are called 'In-Year' Admissions. 

The Local Authority

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  

The appeals process is detailed at https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/school-appeals

For questions about your child joining the 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.

Our Admissions Policies

You can find our admissions policies below - we review the school policy annually and may make changes if we feel this would be in the best interests of the school and our community. 

Each academic year has its own policy document, with details about how to apply for a place in school from the start of Reception through to Year 6. 

School admissions policy 2021-22

This is our determined policy. The following amendments were made in August 2021 to the determined policy for 2021-22 to comply with the revised School Admissions Code 2021: priority for children adopted from state care outside England was added to oversubscription criterion 1; wording added to reflect that decisions on in-year admissions must be sent to a parent within 15 school days; provision added for Hard to Place children; advice added regarding applications for overseas children.

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

School Admissions Policy 2022 - 2023.
This is our determined policy. The following amendments were made in August 2021 to the determined policy for 2022-23 to comply with the revised School Admissions Code 2021: priority for children adopted from state care outside England was added to oversubscription criterion 1; wording added to reflect that decisions on in-year admissions must be sent to a parent within 15 school days; provision added for Hard to Place children; advice added regarding applications for overseas children.
 
If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.    
 

School admissions policy 2023-24

We will consult on an admissions policy between 1 November 2021 and 7 January 2022. If you have any comments regarding the policy we propose, you can contact us at the school or schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.   

After the consultation, we will determine the policy at a meeting of the admissions authority held before the end of February 2022.

Once determined, the policy will be updated by 15 March 2022. 

Objections can be made up to 15 May 2022 to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2022 

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 intake: Tuesday 19 April 2022

Deadline for appeal forms to be submitted: Tuesday 31 May 2022

Appeals will be heard within 40 school days, by: Friday 29 July 2022

Where possible, appeals that are submitted after 31 May will be heard by 29 July. If that is not possible, they will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being submitted.