Admissions

If you are considering a place for your child here, we would be pleased to meet you and talk about what we have to offer. If you would like to arrange a visit, please do get in touch with us by phone, email or letter.

Although we are our own admissions authority and are responsible for setting our admissions policy and making decisions when an application is made to join us, we use the services of Devon County Council’s Admissions Service to manage applications on our behalf. For further information or advice about the admissions process, parents can call My Devon on 0345 155 1019 or visit www.devon.gov.uk/admissions.

How to apply

Most children join our school 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.

Do come and talk with us if you are interested in a place in a different year group for any reason.

Devon’s Annual Consultation on School Admission Arrangements
Devon’s annual consultation on School Admission Arrangements 2025/2026 will run from 1st Nov 2023 and will close on 5th January 2024 (Policy currently being drafted).
Details of the consultation are at Admissions, transport and relevant areas consultation – Education and Families (devon.gov.uk)

Responses must be submitted either by email to schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk or in writing to School Admissions and Transport Consultation, Devon County Council, Room L60, County Hall, Exeter EX2 4QG by 5th January 2024. All responses will be shared with schools and considered. A report will be presented to Devon County Council’s Cabinet meeting on 9th February 2023 for determination including the individual admission policies for community and voluntary controlled schools.

The key dates for the consultation are –
Devon LA consultation ends 5 January 2024
Admission arrangements to be determined by 28 February 2024
Admission arrangements to be published 15 March 2024
Deadline for formal objections to the School Adjudicator 15 May 2024

The consultation includes the co-ordinated admissions schemes for the LA, the education transport policy and relevant areas for admissions purposes.
It also includes the individual school policies for all state-funded, mainstream schools within Devon and the academies in neighbouring LA areas listed below.

There are proposed changes to the boundaries of many schools across the county of Devon for 2024-25. Maps can be viewed at https://www.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/school-designated-areas/

A list of all schools with proposed Published Admission Numbers and the changes to policy that are proposed is at 2024 List of schools for consultation.xlsx
A list of the residential properties that may either a) move from one catchment area to another or b) have a catchment area confirmed where the boundary currently runs through the property was previously shared in September. It is at this link 2024 Proposed map amendments.xl

Admissions Policy

2023 Tipton St John admissions policy

Tipton St John admissions policy 22-23

These documents are also available on Devon’s website, along with the Local Authority’s own policies for co-ordinating admissions applications at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements

Parents may also be interested in the County’s map of school catchment areas.

Tipton St John Church of England (VA) Primary School is in the catchment for The Kings Secondary School.  This is the secondary school where the vast majority of the pupils transfer to at the end of year 6.

The Appeals Process

Any parent who is refused admission has the right to an appeal that is independent of the school. We use the Independent Devon Admissions Appeal Panel to handle any appeals being made. For further information, please call My Devon or visit https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/school-appeals

The Appeals Timetable

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made, 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. Please refer to the policy for more detail.

2024

Allocation date for the normal round Reception / Year 3 intake: Monday 15 April 2024

Deadline for appeal forms to be submitted: Wednesday 29 May 2024

Appeals will be heard within 40 school days, by: Friday 26 July 2023

Where possible, appeals that are submitted after 29 May will be heard by 26 July. If that is not possible, they will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being submitted.