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 along and have a look round to see what we have to offer.
It is important to us that your child feels happy and confident when they start school. 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 other times of the year too.
If you decide to start your child at school part time the school will offer 5 mornings a week, 9.00 – 12.30. Schools are not required to accommodate individual requests for different part time hours e.g. only attending Mon, Weds and Fri. 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 Mr Stokes, Head of School, to discuss other arrangements.
Applying for a place here is straightforward. If there are enough places then everyone who applies will be offered a place. We have arrangements in place though in case we are over-subscribed with criteria to prioritise applications if necessary.
All schools have a limited number of places they can offer in Reception for new children joining the school - this is called the Published Admission Number (or PAN). For us, this has been set at 10. If we receive fewer applications than the number of places available, then places can be offered to everyone who wants one. Only where we are over-subscribed with more applications for places than we have available, do we work with Devon using the over-subscription criteria in the admissions policy for the academic year. They are a part of our admission arrangements which will be determined annually after a public consultation.
Further information regarding the over-subscription criteria can be found using the links shown below. There are no selection tests and students of all talents and abilities are welcome, providing we can accommodate their needs.
“The First Step” booklet explains the admission arrangements for infant and primary schools and is published by Devon County Council. It is available online and in paper format from The School Admissions Team, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX4 2QG. Devon's education helpline is 0845 155 1019. Further information and information leaflets are available online.
If your child is successful in securing a place they will be given buddies to look after them when they join us. We also encourage your child to visit our school before they start and if possible to have some taster sessions where they stay for a morning or afternoon.
You can view our admissions arrangement documents at: https://new.devon.gov.uk/schools/school/widecombe-in-the-moor-primary/ or contact the school office on 01364 621261 for more information.