Plympton St. Maurice Primary School follows the Admissions Policy of the Westcountry Schools Trust. All school admissions are dealt with through a common application form submitted to the Local Authority. The admissions procedure to Plymouth schools is clearly explained in the ‘Starting School in Plymouth’ parents’ guide that is published by Plymouth City Council and can be found on their website at http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/schooladmissions
Children are admitted into the Reception classes in the September of the school year (1st September to 31st August) in which they will be five years of age. (Parents retain the right to defer entry for their child until the January of the school year if their child’s birthday falls between the 1st March and the 31st August). All school admissions are dealt with directly by the Local Authority and their contact details are as follows:-
For children looking to make an in-year admission, further information about application procedures can also be found online on the Plymouth Schools’ Admissions website in the ‘In-Year School Admissions Parents’ guide’. Information regarding admission arrangements can be found via the links below:
The Trust uses the following criteria for admissions:
At the normal point of entry, where there are fewer applicants than the Planned Admission Number (for Plympton St. Maurice Primary School this is 30 pupils in each year group), all children will be admitted unless they can be offered a higher ranked preference. For in-year admissions where there is space in the school, all children will be admitted unless the school can demonstrate that admission would prejudice provision of efficient education or efficient use of resources.
Before children start school for the first time, parents are invited to an evening meeting to share information. The children are then introduced gradually to school life, with activities sessions and attending mornings only for the first week. Home visits are made by the class teacher and teaching assistant.
In the event that the School is oversubscribed, the admission authority will apply the following oversubscription criteria in order of priority:
Appeals: In the event that an applicant is denied a place at the school, the parent/carer will have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Information relating to the appeal process can be obtained from Plymouth City Council’s School Admissions Team.