Admissions – Starting School

Choosing the right school for your child is a big decision for any family. Whether you are about to send your child to school for the first time, or moving into the area with older children, you are always welcome to come and have a look around our school. Every day is open day – just phone the school office to make an appointment.

Transition to school in the Reception year
It is very important that your child feels happy and confident when they start school. In order to provide a smooth transition we offer:
• Stay and play sessions in the Summer Term
• A parents’ meetings to get to know you and your child
• A phased induction offered in September.
• Visits from EYFS staff to pre-school settings
• Home visits in the Autumn Term

The key to successful induction is good communication between home and school and this ensures we are able to be flexible in our approach and respond to individual needs. Children generally join us at the beginning of the Reception year but we have new starters at any time too.

Can my child start part-time?
You are welcome to start your Reception child at school part time, if you feel they are not yet ready for full-time attendance. However, we will expect attendance for a minimum of 5 mornings a week: 9.00 – 12.00 and 2 full days (Monday and Thursday). This arrangement can continue until the term after your child is 5 years old, when full-time attendance would be expected. In practice we find nearly all of our children have insisted on full-time before that as they don’t want to miss out on the fun at school.

If you have been offered a place for your child to start school in September we will assume that they will be starting full time unless you have contacted the Head of School to discuss other arrangements. Please contact the school office on 01297 33348 to arrange an appointment with Mr Patrick Germscheid if you wish to discuss any aspect of admissions.

How to apply for a place.

Shute Primary School is a Community school. Devon County Council 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 on 01297 33348 or by email Ange Haysom 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 Pre-school. Applications for nursery places are made direct to the school. Please see further information on our Squirrels@ Shute – FSU 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

Applications can be made online at by using the forms available at

The appeals process is detailed at

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

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 2019-20

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or

2019 – 20 Shute Primary School

School admissions policy 2020-21

This is our determined policy.  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or

2020 – 21 Shute Primary School

School admissions policy 2021-22

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or

2021 – 22 Shute Primary School


School admissions policy 2022-23

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or

Objections can be made up to 15 May 2021 to the Office of the Schools’ Adjudicator.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2020

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 apply to appeals that are submitted by parents on or before 31 January 2021. They amend the timescales and processes referred to in our admissions arrangements.

Appeals will not be heard at a face to face meeting. They will be heard by remote access – by video or telephone conference. Where it is not possible for a parent to take part by remote access, the appeal panel may make its decision based on the written information that is submitted.

A new deadline for appeals will be at least 28 calendar days from the date of the refusal to admit. Appeals will be heard as soon as possible after they are submitted with parents given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing. Parents may not submit additional evidence on the day of the appeal.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2021

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Foundation will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 14 May 2021. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2021, 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

The designated area or catchment area map for our school can be found by following: School area maps

Policy documents
You can view our admissions arrangement documents at Devon Admissions online.