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

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.

Applications for residents of Devon are made between 15 November and 15 January for primary schools at

If your child lives in another LA, including Cornwall, Dorset, Plymouth, Somerset, and Torbay you should apply through that council. The closing dates are the same nationally.

For questions about your child joining the school or just about the admissions process in general, please don’t hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or by email to  Devon publishes guides to the admissions process: the Step by Step Guide and the In-Year Guide at

If you are interested in your child joining the school in-year (once the academic year has started), you can apply for a place through Devon County Council at

Devon’s Annual Consultation on School Admission Arrangements

Devon’s annual consultation on School Admission Arrangements 2024/2025 is now running and will close on Friday 6 January 2023.
Responses must be submitted either by email to or in writing to School Admissions and Transport Consultation, Devon County Council, Room L60, County Hall, Exeter EX2 4QG by Friday 6 January 2023. All responses will be shared with schools and considered. A report will be presented to Devon County Council’s Cabinet meeting on Friday 10 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 6 January 2023
Admission arrangements to be determined by 28 February 2023
Admission arrangements to be published 15 March 2023
Deadline for formal objections to the School Adjudicator 15 May 2023
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.
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.


Admissions Policies

Tipton St John Admissions Policy 2024-2025 Approved

Tipton St John Admissions Policy 2023 – 2024 Approved

Tipton St John Admissions Policy 2022 – 2023 Approved 

These documents are also available on Devon’s website, along with the Local Authority’s own policies for co-ordinating admissions applications at: 

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:

When are appeals held?
Appeal hearings are held during the working day. They are not held at weekends, in the evening or during the school holidays.
Generally, we cannot accommodate working patterns and therefore you may need to book time off work. If you know that you cannot attend an appeal on certain dates (for example, you are on holiday) please include this information on the appeal form. If possible, we will try to avoid hearing your appeal on these dates.
Appeal hearings may be held remotely (by video or telephone call), at the Council offices on Topsham Road in Exeter or at other external venues.
You will receive written notification of the date, time and arrangements for your hearing no later than 10 school days before the hearing. The notification will include the school’s submission and a deadline for the submission of any further evidence you may wish to provide other than that already included with your initial appeal form.

Allocation date for the normal round Reception / Year 3 intake: Monday 17 April 2023

Deadline for appeal forms to be submitted: Wednesday 31 May 2023

Appeals will be heard within 40 school days, by: Friday 28 July 2023

Where possible, appeals that are submitted after 31 May will be heard by 28 July. If that is not possible, they will be heard within 30 school days of the appeal form being submitted.


Appeals timetable for in-year admission
For in-year admissions into any academic year group, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of being received by the appeals office.