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Primary School Admissions

The information below is for parents and carers whose children are due to start in Reception in September 2014. If you need a school place for a child who is already in primary school, please go to In Year Admissions.
If your child was born between 1 September 2009 and 31 August 2010 and you have not yet applied for a place at primary school, please do so now.
The online application process is no longer available as the closing date has passed but you can download the Common Application Form CAF 2 from this page.  You can save it, complete it electronically and email it to  Alternatively, download the printable version, complete it and take it to your child’s school or your local Connections Office.  
Remember to keep a copy for yourself and ask the school or Connections staff to date stamp this copy.  Alternatively you can send it by post to Admissions & Student Service, First Floor South, Tor Hill House c/o Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3DR.  You can also get a paper version of the form from the Connections office or from Admissions & Student Services.
Before applying you should read the Primary Admissions Booklet TIPS 5.  This contains details of the application process and the admission criteria for each primary school.  Some schools have supplementary forms that will also need to be completed.  You can download these forms below.  School staff members can also download form SUPP1 if you are applying for a place at your school (this is only relevant for some schools – please see admission policy for the school).  No matter what other forms you complete, you will also need to complete the Common Application Form.
Because your application is late it may not be processed until all the on-time applications have been processed.  Please see booklet TIPS 5 for further information about this.
Legally your child does not have to start school until the term following her/his fifth birthday.  However, most children start in Reception in the September of the school year in which they are 5.  You can apply for a school place, but delay your child’s start until later in the reception year without jeopardising the offer of a place. Pupils born between 1 September and 31 December would be expected to take up their place no later than the term following their fifth birthday. The deferred admission arrangements do not allow summer born children to defer admission to the Autumn Term in year 1.  
Child BornNormal date of AdmissionDeferred Admission
1 September – 31 DecemberAutumn TermSpring Term
1 January – 31 MarchAutumn TermSpring or Summer Term
1 April – 31 AugustAutumn TermSpring or Summer Term

Summer born children

For information and advice on the admission to school of summer born children please see Department for Education: Advice on the admission of summer born children opens in a new window,

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