Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus
New guidance has been published and is in force from 24 April to 31 Jan 2021
We have our own pre-school on site that is part of the school and admit children from their third birthday. This enables a very smooth transition into the Reception class. Parents requiring provision for 2 year olds can attend the Pre-school at St Andrew's, Chardstock. We can then provide a smooth transition to the pre-school at Membury when they turn 3.
Entry to Reception
Children mainly attend our pre-school but we also welcome children from a variety of other settings.
Parents will need to complete the First Steps Steps Common Application form for admission to Primary School. This is the D-CAF1, available from www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline
Entry to Secondary School
Children from Membury Primary usually transfer to The Axe Valley Community College, Axminster, although some children transfer to Holyrood Academy, Chard, Colyton Grammar School or The Woodroffe School. We have close links with Axe Valley and and a full transition programme is planned. Parents will need to complete a Common Application form from the local authority for transfer to Secondary School. For Devon residents, this is the D-CAF3, available from http://www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline or by calling 0845 155 1019. Somerset residents can find more information by clicking here.
Contact details for individual schools
In Year Admissions
If you are planning to move your child during the year then all applications must be made in line with Devon LA's In Year co-ordinated Admissions Scheme. Further information and application forms are available from the school or the Local Authority admissions team (0845 1551019).
We welcome visits from prospective parents. Please contact the school office to arrange a convenient time.
All in year applications must be made in line with Devon's In-Year Co-ordinated Admissions Scheme.
The Governors will usually accept applications for children to join the school subject to KS1 class size legislation. The Devon Fair Access In-Year Protocol may be applied.
If your application for admission is unsuccessful, you have a statutory right of appeal to an Appeals Panel which is independent of the school. If you have not been sent appeal papers with the decision letter refusing your application for admission, you can request a form from the School Admissions Team. You then have no less than 20 school days to return the papers, together with any supporting evidence you wish to include. You do not have to wait for this period of time before submission.
Any appeal for a place here may be subject to Key Stage One or Infant Class Size Legislation; a more limited form of appeal. This is the legal maximum number of children allowed in a Key Stage One class with one qualified teacher. There are very limited exceptions which would allow a school to exceed 30 children in a Key Stage One class.
The Clerk to the Independent Appeals Panel will give you at least 10 days’ notice of the date when your appeal will be heard. You will also be told when you should submit any further information you would like to be considered. You will receive evidence on behalf of the school before the appeal hearing.
After appeals are heard, decision letters should be sent within five school days; you will be able to find out the outcome by telephone before then.
For appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception for the 2020-21 intake, appeal forms should be requested by May 5th, returned by 28th May 2020, and appeals will be heard in June and July 2020.
For in-year admissions in any academic year, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
For further information on the appeals process, parents can contact the school office or the Clerk to the Appeals Panel. Please use the link below for the published appeals timetable.
Devon County Council Admissions Appeals Timetable
Devon County Council Admission Arrangements and Policies Page