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Admissions Policies

Every school has to have an admissions policy for each academic year. They are mostly the same from year to year though if we believe changes would be beneficial, we will consult on changes so that parents, other schools and interested parties can comment.

 

The policies are written to meet the requirements and spirit of the School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code which are published by the Department for Education.

We review our policies every year - even if we don’t plan to make any changes. We do this in December/January and will provide any updates on this webpage, the school website and also at the Devon County Council School Admissions - Arrangements and Policies webpage.

If you have any queries or comments to make about any of these policies, please contact office@stchristophersmat.org or admissions@devon.gov.uk 

 

Admission arrangements are also published on the schools websites. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

Overview

St. Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust (MAT) is the admissions authority for its member schools.

This means the MAT is responsible for determining the admissions policies for its schools and taking decisions on applications.

 

Most of our schools have a history of being their own admissions authority as they were previously Voluntary Aided (VA) schools. We encourage the local governing bodies of each school to play an active part in the admissions process and they continue to do this with their wealth of knowledge and expertise.

 

Application Process

 

As a parent, you are strongly encouraged to visit schools that you are interested in applying to. Each school welcomes visits from parents and children and it's a good opportunity to look around and see the facilities, meet the staff and find out what they offer. To arrange a visit, please contact the school(s) directly. You can find their contact details in the Schools section of this website.

 

Our schools are located in three separate Local Authority (LA) areas:

  • Devon

  • Plymouth

Torbay

 

Applications for admission into the 'normal round' for a school – that is for the beginning of Reception or Year 7 – should be made to the Local Authority where your child lives.


If you are applying outside of the 'normal round', Devon and Torbay will accept and process applications for their residents. If you are a resident of Plymouth, you should speak directly with the school.

 

You can find out more about the applications process by looking at your Local Authority School Admissions web pages:

 

Admission Appeals

If we have to refuse an admissions application, you have the right to appeal to an Appeals Panel independent of St. Christopher’s and the schools. We make arrangements for this with each of the three LAs (Devon, Plymouth and Torbay) depending on where the school is. In each area, there is an admissions timetable that dictates when they would be held for normal round admissions. That must be set by 28 February each year and to meet this requirement we detail the timetable in each school’s admissions policy. You can also see further information on the LA websites:

 

Primary and Infant Schools

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 15 May 2017. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 18 April 2017, 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 admissions appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

 

Junior Schools Only

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Year 3 will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 15 May 2017. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 18 April 2017, 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.

 

Further Advice

Department for Education School Admissions and Transport

Exeter Diocese Board of Education Admissions and Appeals

 

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love that you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10

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