Admissions

Acorn Multi Academy Trust is the admissions authority for its member schools, responsible for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission.

We have an admissions policy for each academic year and they will be published on this page when they are proposed for consultation and after they have been determined annually. They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code 2021 and School Admissions Appeals Code 2022.

The local governing body plays an active part in the admissions process. 

We have our Little Acorns @Axminster Primary on site, which provides childcare provision for children from the age of 2 years.

Come and visit us

We welcome prospective parents to come and have a look around our school and meet up with the Head of School and the staff. Appointments can be easily arranged by calling the School Office on 01297 33005 or emailing axminsteroffice@acornacademy.org

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.

There are different options for parents of children starting school in Reception. This includes part-time education and deferring or delaying admission until later in the Reception year or, for children with birthdays in the summer term, to the following September. Come and talk to us if you are considering this. 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 www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline.

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 admissions@devon.gov.uk Devon publishes guides to the admissions process: the Step by Step Guide and the In-Year Guide at http://devon.cc/prospectus

In Year Admissions

We welcome visits from prospective parents. Please contact the school office to arrange a convenient time. 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 www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline

Entry to Secondary School

Children from Axminster Primary usually transfer to the The Axe Valley Academy, as we are a feeder school, although some children transfer to Colyton Grammar School or The Woodroffe School. We have very close links with The Axe Valley Academy and a full transition programme takes place during Year 6.   

Please see our Admissions Policies below for full details regarding admissions in year as well as the normal admissions times.

Contact details for individual secondary schools:

The Woodroffe SchoolColyton Grammar SchoolAxe Valley Academy

The Local Authority

We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council. Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and their own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. The links are at:

Devon County Council Admissions

Dorset County Council Admissions

Applications to Devon can be made online at:  www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonlineor or by using the forms available at: http://devon.cc/applicationforms

Admissions Policies

You can find our admissions policies below through the county council website. We review the school policy annually and may make changes if we feel this would be in the best interests of the school and our community. Each academic year has its own policy document, with details about how to apply for a place in school from the start of Reception through to Year 6.

School admissions policy 2022-23

See our determined policies below. If you have any comments regarding a policy, you can contact the school or schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.   

The following amendments were made in August 2021 to the determined policy for 2022-23 to comply with the revised School Admissions Code 2021: priority for children adopted from state care outside England was added to oversubscription criterion 1; wording added to reflect that decisions on in-year admissions must be sent to a parent within 15 school days; provision added for Hard to Place children; advice added regarding applications for overseas children.

Devon County Council Admission Arrangements & Admissions Policies

2022 Admissions Policy

School admissions policy 2023-24

See our determined policy below.  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk

2023 Admissions Policy

School admissions policy 2024-25

See the policy below.  This will be open for comment during a public consultation for all policies in Devon between 1 November 2022 and 6 January 2023 at www.devon.gov.uk/admissioarrangements  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or schoolsadmissionpolicy-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.   

Proposed changes from the policy for 2023 are highlighted in red text.

The policy will be determined by our admissions authority before the end of February and published here by 15 March 2023.

2024 Proposed Admissions Policy

Admission Appeals

Link to Devon County Council Admissions Appeals Timetable

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2023

Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 May 2023. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 17 April 2023, 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. 

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2024

Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 May 2024. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2024, 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.