Admissions

Admissions Procedure
 
St Sidwell’s is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Primary school located in the Diocese of Exeter. It is a thriving, multicultural school and welcomes children from all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Up to half of our children have English as an additional language and this diversity gives a rich learning experience for all children.
 
We ask all parents applying for a place here to respect our Christian ethos and its importance to the school community. This does not affect the right of parents who are not of the Christian faith to apply for and be considered for a place at our school.
 
As a Voluntary Aided school, the Governing Body is the admission authority and has responsibility for the admission policy. Please read the full policy when considering applying for a place. (N.B. This policy is reviewed annually and may change, so please check that you are referring to the correct policy for the time of admission.) The policy applies to children of school age only.
 
We also welcome applications to the Nursery for children from the age of 3: please contact the school office for information on nursery admissions or click the link below for information :Admission to the Nursery.
 
Further information on Devon County's Admissions arrangements can be found here: 
 
https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place
 
Admissions Policies 
 
The school's admissions policies should be read in conjunction with the Primary and In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Schemes and other agreed policies of Devon County Council. All policies and procedures seek to comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code of Practice.
 
The school has two Supplementary Information Forms (included as an appendix in the admissions policy) which need to be completed by an appropriate professional to provide evidence of social or medical needs or your priest or minister to be used to provide evidence of religious grounds.
 
Starting School
 
Our Reception class is part of a Foundation Stage Unit (FSU) alongside the nursery class. The FSU is staffed by a team of excellent early years practitioners, Mrs Hillier and Ms Tong and their teams. The unit was judged to be 'outstanding' by Ofsted in 2012 and has been 'badged' as a high quality provider by the Local Authority.
 
Starting School in Reception
 
We work hard to ensure that starting school is a happy and exciting time for both the children and their families. We try to be flexible and to accommodate individuals’ needs as far as possible.
 
In the summer term prior to starting in Reception, parents are invited to a meeting with  our Reception teacher, our Headteacher, other school staff and other adults who may be of help to you. You will learn about the curriculum, day-to-day routines and how to prepare your child for starting school. There will be time for you to ask questions and you will be given our “Welcome Pack” which contains a wealth of information that we hope will be of use and interest to you at this important time. The children will also be invited to spend a session in school so that they can meet their new teacher, other children and become familiar with their new classroom.