Bluecoat C of E Primary School admits children into the Foundation Stage Reception Class in the September of the academic year in which they will turn five years old. Our Published Admission Number (PAN) is 75.
Parents, carers and children will be invited in to visit the school once admission has been confirmed and the class teacher will arrange to make a home visit. We offer a “Getting to Know School” induction programme during which the organisation, administration and routines of the school are explained. Parents and carers will have opportunities to find out about the kind of learning experiences their child will meet. They will be informed about how they can get involved in school and also receive ideas on how to support their child at home.
During the induction process the children have the opportunity to spend time in their classroom, to meet their classmates and get to know the adults with whom they will be working. Induction takes place at the end of the term prior to the child starting school.
The school follows the Devon County Council Guidelines for Admissions and our Admissions Policy is available for download in the useful links below.
Visiting the School
Prospective parents, carers and children are welcome to come and look around the school. Please contact us to make arrangements.
Admissions Consultation 2022-2023
Below you will see a link to our proposed admissions policy for 2022-23. 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 policy 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 policy 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 policy will work is the same as in the previous year, 2021-22 which you can also see below.
If you have any comments, you can make them to Devon County Council which is co-ordinating the consultation. Further information is at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements. You will be able to view the proposed policies for all state-funded schools in Devon and the Local Authorities policies there too.
The consultation ends on 8 January and all policies must be determined by 28 February and published in the same places by 15 March.
Nest & Nursery Admissions
The Bluecoat Nest offers high quality care and education in a nurturing and stimulating environment. Children can join The Nest in the term after their second birthday, and parents and carers will need to complete an application form in order to apply for a place. Generally, children will stay in The Nest until the term after they are three and then they will make a gradual and supported transition to the Nursery.
Children can join the Nursery in the term after their third birthday until their entry into Reception.
Application forms are available from the School Reception or can be downloaded in the Useful Links & Downloads below.