School admission policies are the responsibility of the Local Education Authority. Each Devon school serves a particular area, but parents may apply for a place in any school. In general terms the area served by Abbotskerswell County Primary School consists of the village of Abbotskerswell .
We would welcome you to look around our school, even though you may not live in our traditional 'catchment area'.
Statutory School Age
Your child must be in school the term following his/her 5 th birthday (unless you decide to educate at home, in which case you must contact the Admissions Team who will advise you on the process).
Child's 5th Birthday Start School
- 1 st September – 28/29 th February September
- 1 st March – 31 st August January
Admission earlier than the two points above is approved only on exceptional social or medical grounds (normally supported by a letter fro Social Services or a GP). Any agreement would be for one term only and within the academic year when your child would normally be admitted.
Deferred admission is where, when you have been offered a place, you can decide to delay your child's actual start date until they reach statutory school age, within the same academic year.
Children born between 1 st September and 28/29 February can defer entry until the start of the spring term (January). Children born between 1 March and 31 August do not have an automatic right to defer admission.
You still need to apply as normal by the deadline and, after a place is offered, you must inform the Head Teacher that you wish to defer. Your child's place at the school will be kept open for them to join at the later date.
We have an extensive programme of pre-school activities and liaisons. These include home visits, use of school facilities by the playgroup and a series of pre-school activity packs available on loan.
To help with forward planning we would appreciate any expressions of interest completed for the pupils by the time they are 3 years old. This aids future planning. All admissions are handled by Devon County Council and can be contacted by the following ways:-
Address: The Admissions Team, Room 120, County Hall, Topsham Road , Exeter , EX2 4QG
Telephone:- (01392) 382055
Class Size and Organisation
As we are a small school, we have mixed classes with more than one year group.
Most classes have two year groups. Within the classes a variety of teaching styles are adopted, appropriate to the age and ability of the children. At various times children will be taught individually, in groups or as a whole class.