- About Us
- Reception 2024
Welcome to Ellacombe C of E Academy! We are delighted that you are considering joining our school family and we would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you to the Learning Academy Partnership. We are really looking forward to working in partnership with you to ensure that your child has the best possible start to their primary education.
If you are interested in your child joining the academy, please contact us to discuss what we have to offer and to arrange a visit if you can with our Head Teacher, Alison Helm – 01803 293040 or email email@example.com. Once you de
cide you would like a place you must make a formal application.
Most children join our academy at the normal round, the main intake into school from the start of September in Reception. As a parent, you can apply for a place to the Local Authority.
There are different options for parents of children starting school in Reception. This includes part-time education and deferring or delaying admission until later in the reception year or, for children with birthdays in the summer term, to the following September. Come and talk to us if you are considering this.
Do come and talk with us if you are interested in a place in a different year group for any reason.
Applications for residents of Torbay are made between 15 November and 15 January for primary schools at https://www.torbay.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/admissions
If your child lives in another LA, including Cornwall, Dorset, Plymouth, Somerset, Devon you should apply through that council. The closing dates are the same nationally.
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 Torbay 01803 208908 or by email to Contact Form (torbay.gov.uk) Torbay publishes guides to the admissions process: the TIPS 4 Booklet
Please also visit other pages on our website, our Twitter page or our Facebook page to find out more about our fabulous academy; we work extremely hard to keep everything up to date, sharing all of the fabulous learning that takes place each term.
The Learning Academy Partnership is the admissions authority for all our academies within the Trust. It has responsibility for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission. We have an admissions policy for each academic year and they will be published on this page when they are proposed for consultation and after they have been determined annually. They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code 2021 and School Admissions Appeals Code 2022.
The Local Authority
We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council. Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. This is at www.devon.gov.uk/admissions
The appeals process is detailed at www.devon.gov.uk/school-appeals
You can find our admissions policies below – we review the academy policy annually and may make changes if we feel this would be in the best interests of the academy and our community.
Each academic year has its own policy document, with details about how to apply for a place in our academy from the start of Reception through to Year 6.
School admissions policy 2023-24
School admissions policy 2024-25
Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 May 2024. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2024, 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.
Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 March 2024. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 1 March 2023, 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.
For Post 16, appeals will be heard within the same 40-day period; where a place would have been conditional upon exam results, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of confirmation of those results.
We invite parents to visit so that we can discuss the provision on offer to children in our Reception class, how it is tailored to meet the needs of the youngest children, parent concerns, how their needs would be met as they move through the school and school readiness. Children follow the same Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in Reception as in Nursery and Childminder settings. The Early Years is delivered in a way where learning involves lots of play and exploration rather than formal learning at tables and can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual child.
The proposed 2025 -26 admissions policy will be open for comment during a public consultation period between 1 November 2023 and 6 January 2024 at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposed changes from the policy for 2025-2026 are highlighted in blue text.
The policy will be determined by our admissions authority before the end of February and published here by 15 March 2024.