Start and End of the School Day
No child should be on the school premises before 8:40am unless they are attending the Early Bird Club which commences at 8:00am. When children arrive to school, they go straight to their classrooms where they will be expected to change into their trainers ahead of the daily mile that all children take part in. All children should be in the school by 8:55am.
Children should be collected promptly at 3:15pm. A member of staff will be on duty until 3:30pm, but any child not collected by that time will be placed in the care of the after school club and the appropriate charge for this facility will be passed on to parents.
If you have arranged for another parent to collect your child from school please let your child’s class teacher know or in an emergency please telephone the school office.
Attendance and Absence
Morning registration starts at 8:55am.
Any child not in school by 9:15am must be accounted for and it is part of our morning routine to ‘chase’ any absences that are unaccounted for.
Our attendance policy states that 'The times children can safely arrive at school and can go into their classroom will be clearly communicated to parents. The attendance of children who arrive late will be registered as follows:
- a child arriving after the register has started but before the register has closed will be coded as "late" (code L). 8:55am - 9:15am.
- a child arriving after the register has closed will be coded as "late after registration closed" (code U). This is counted as an "Unauthorised Absence" after 9:15am
- The times from which children will be marked as "late" or "late after registration closed" will be clearly communicated to parents.
If you know your child is not going to be in school through illness, please telephone the office before 9:15am. If you know your child is going to be absent for any other reason, please let the office know, in writing, in advance, so that the register may be marked accordingly.
As far as requests for absence during term time are concerned; please read the school policy (available on the website) and submit a completed Absence Request form in advance of the requested dates. There is a selection of exceptional circumstances whereby we can authorise absence. If the request does not fall within these criteria, the absence will be unauthorised.
Each year we have an attendance target set by the DfES and your co-operation in ensuring that the children are in school as much as possible, is greatly appreciated.
Thinking of joining us?
We welcome visits from parents and children who are considering applying for a place here, as this is a great opportunity for you to see what we have to offer. If you would like to visit, please contact us to make an appointment. (Visits are not a compulsory part of the admissions process and will not affect decisions on whether a place can be offered at our school.)
Our Admissions policies:
The Admissions policies for pupils' admissions during the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22 can be found below. They include a timetable for appeals. However, new regulations apply to appeals at the moment because of covid-19.
Consultation on our Admissions policy for 2022-23
- Please click here to access a link to the First Federation Trust proposed admissions policies for 2022-23, including the policy for our school. (You will be able to view the proposed policies for all state-funded schools in Devon and the Local Authorities policies there too). 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 policies 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 policies 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 policies will work is the same as in the previous year, 2021-22 which you can also see using the same link. The only exception to this is the admission policy for Salcombe CE Primary School, where we are proposing to reduce the PAN from 15 to 12, in order to keep the number of children attending the school within the capacity of the school.
- If you have any comments, you can make them to Devon County Council which is co-ordinating the consultation. Further information is available at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements.
- The consultation ends on 8 January and all policies must be determined by 28 February and published in the same places by 15 March.
The government has issued new regulations about holding admission appeals over the coming eight months or so. Due to covid-19 restrictions, there is no requirement for appeals to be heard in person at a face to face hearing. For appeals lodged until the end of January 2021, the default position will be appeals by video call or by telephone conference. Those parents unable to take part can have their appeals heard in absence on the papers that are submitted. The strict timetable for appeals to be heard within a set number of days has been abandoned during this period too: they must be heard as soon as is reasonably possible, particularly over the summer holidays. The appeals timetable referred to in the above policies no longer applies for this summer.
How to apply for a school place in Devon:
More information about admissions to schools in Devon can be found on Devon County Council website by clicking on the following links: