Starting school is a big step in your child's life. Whether your child is transferring from another school or starting school for the first time, we understand that this can be both exciting and unsettling. We will support both you and your child to make their start to school life a happy and enjoyable time.
We would encourage you to come and visit our school, have a tour and meet our staff who will be happy to answer your questions, help and advise you.
Admission of Pupils
Somerset Local Authority is responsible for co-ordinating all first admission applications (starting school). The Starting School booklet ‘A Guide for Parents’ is available on the Somerset County Council website. This sets out the primary admission application process and a range of information about all schools and academies in Somerset. School place applications can be made online at www.somerset.gov.uk/admissions or on paper application forms which must be returned to the School Admissions Team at Somerset County Council. These can be downloaded from the website address above or obtained by calling Somerset Direct on 0300 1232224. Parents are responsible for ensuring they make a school place application by the closing date which is 15 January each year.
The address for Somerset County Council Admissions Team is:
Admissions & Entitlements Team, County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY.
Somerset County Council Starting school website link:
Somerset County Council Admissions Policy website link:
The LA’s admission policy is to admit children to school in the academic year they become five. If a child has a disability they will be treated no less favourably than other children. Our accessibility plan describes the arrangements we have already made and the further proposals planned to improve physical access to the school, access to the curriculum and access to written information. We will make reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils to ensure that they are able to access the curriculum and we will know we have succeeded when disabled students are participating fully in school life. Every effort is made to make a place for your child in our school.
Admissions during the academic year
Applications during the academic year must be submitted directly to the school using the in-year application form (hard copy only) available from the school. Please note In Year Admissions Forms are available for the Reception Class only from September 2016. A decision will be notified in writing by post to the applicant within ten school days.
Where a place cannot be provided, the right of appeal will apply. Proof of address is required to be submitted with the application. This will be either the formal ‘exchange of contracts’ letter from the solicitor for a house buy, a recent utility bill or the signing of a minimum of a six month tenancy agreement. The Admissions Authority reserve the right to seek further documentary evidence to support a claim of residence.
Where there are more applications than places available within a particular year group, applications will be considered against the published oversubscription criteria and places allocated up to the Admission Number.
If you are unsuccessful in gaining a school place you have the right to put your case to an Admissions Appeal Panel.
For further information please see the following link:
Admissions for children starting school in September 2019
If your child is due to start school in September 2019 you are advised to carefully read the Primary Admissions Guide (please follow link below) before making your application. This contains everything you need to know in order to make your school place application including information on the different types of school, Published Admission Numbers and the criteria used to allocate places at schools and academies.
All applications for Primary School places are now on line and the application process is open until January 15th 2019. Please follow this link to access the application portal.