Current Admissions Policies

The Learning Academy Partnership (South West) is the admissions authority for all academies within our Trust.

Current Policies
The policies below detail the admission arrangements for our academy and should be read in conjunction with the Primary and In Year Co-ordinated Schemes and other agreed policies of Devon Local Authority. All policies and procedures seek to comply with the requirements of the School Admissions Code. There will be 60 places available in September 2022.

Come and visit us
If you are interested in your child attending our academy, you are welcome to come in and visit us. You can arrange a visit on 01803 293040 or by emailing Our Admissions Officer will be able to discuss admissions 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, which can be made online at by using the school application form below.

For the normal round intake into our academy, 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
Torbay Council publishes information about admissions, application and appeals process. This is at

The appeals process is detailed at

For questions about your child joining the academy or just about the admissions process in general, please don’t hesitate to contact the academy direct on 01803 293040 or by email at or contact Torbay Pupil Services , telephone 01803 208908.

Our Admissions Policies
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. These are our determined policies. If you have any comments regarding the policies, you can contact or

Consultation on Admissions Policy 2023-24

We are consulting on the proposed 23/ 24 admissions policy between 1 November 2021 and 7 January 2021. If you have any comments regarding the policy, please contact us at or

After the consultation, we will determine the policy at a meeting of the admissions authority held before the end of February 2022.

Once determined, the 2023 / 24 policy will be updated by 14 March 2022.

Admissions Appeals Timetable 2021

Learning Academy Partnership (South West) as admissions authority for Ellacombe C of E Academy must ensure that appeals lodged by the appropriate deadlines are heard within the following timescales:

  1. For applications made in the normal admissions round, appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 14 May 2021.
  2. 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.
  3. For applications for in-year admissions, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.

Any appeals submitted after the appropriate deadline must still be heard, in accordance with whatever timescale is set out in the timetable published by the admission authority.