Bovey Tracey Primary School


Due to the national lockdown introduced on 5th January 2021, we are no longer able to offer visits to our school.  Please contact us by emailing or phoning 01626 833257 if you have any questions.  Thank you.

We are a Community school and Devon County Council is the admissions authority, responsible for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission.  We have an admissions policy for each academic year.  They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code and School Admissions Appeals Code.  We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council.


Come and visit us

If you are interested in your child joining us, either in our main intake into Reception or at any other time, please do come along and visit us. If you would like to make an appointment to visit, please contact the Administrator, Mrs Claire Wilson, here at the school on 01626 833257 or by emailing

Applying to come here

Once you decide you would like a place in Reception or at any other time after this, you must make a formal application.  You can do this by applying to the Local Authority and not direct to the school.

For the Normal Round intake into school, children are offered places to start in Reception at the beginning of the September term after their fourth birthday.  Children who are admitted to a vacancy at any time after this point are called 'In-Year' Admissions.


The Local Authority

Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process.  This is at

Applications can be made online at or by using the forms available at

The appeals process is detailed at:

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

Our Admissions Policies

You can find our admissions policies below - 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 2020-2021

This is our determined policy.  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or

School admissions policy 2021-2022

This is our determined policy.  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or

Consultation on our Admissions policy 2022-2023

Below you will see a link to our proposed admissions policy for 2022-23. We are consulting on this between 1 November and 8 January and invite any parent or other person with an interest in our admission arrangements to read the policy and make any comments you wish. You will see where there are changes, the text is in red – either something we propose to add or, if it has a line through it, something we propose to remove.


One of the proposals is to add children who have been adopted from state care outside of England to our oversubscription criterion 1. This is in anticipation that the Department for Education will require this change for all schools as it has just consulted on changes to the School Admissions Code. It is possible that the Department’s timescales may mean that the Code is not amended before the end of February, when we have to formally set our policy. If that is the case, we may have to determine our policy without that change and then alter it later in spring or summer. We are bringing it to your attention though as a change in policy that we expect to have to introduce.


Other than changes in red and dates moving forward a year, the way our policy will work is the same as in the previous year, 2021-22 which you can also see above.


If you have any comments, you can make them to Devon County Council which is co-ordinating the consultation. Further information is at You will be able to view the proposed policies for all state-funded schools in Devon and the Local Authorities policies there too.


The consultation ends on 8 January and all policies must be determined by 28 February and published in the same places by 15 March.

If we can make a place available to you then we will. If not, you would have the right to appeal to a panel that is independent of the school and Devon County Council.

If we have a vacancy then all children are welcome to join us.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2020

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 apply to appeals that are submitted by parents on or before 31 January 2021. They amend the timescales and processes referred to in our admissions arrangements.


Appeals will not be heard at a face to face meeting. They will be heard by remote access – by video or telephone conference. Where it is not possible for a parent to take part by remote access, the appeal panel may make its decision based on the written information that is submitted.


A new deadline for appeals will be at least 28 calendar days from the date of the refusal to admit. Appeals will be heard as soon as possible after they are submitted with parents given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing. Parents may not submit additional evidence on the day of the appeal.

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2021

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Foundation will be heard within 40 schools days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 14 May 2021.  Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2021, 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 schools days of the appeal being lodged.

Foundation Stage Induction


It is important to us that there is a smooth transition to school for all pupils and that children settle into our school quickly and happily. A rigorous and well planned induction programme is in place to enable this to happen, with the flexibility to respond to the needs of individual pupils as appropriate.


The core elements of our induction arrangements are outlined below, but the Headteacher is also very happy to discuss and explain the arrangements further with parents and to answer any specific queries or concerns.


• We have extremely good links with all the local pre schools. The Reception Class teacher visits each setting every term to meet the children who are due to start school with us and to ensure good continuity and progression across the Foundation Stage.
• The term before they are due to start school, children are invited to join our pre-school club (‘Thursday Club’) which meets in the Reception classroom on alternate weeks. This enables the children to become familiar with the school adults and environment and to begin to get to know their future peers.
• The Reception Class teacher holds induction meetings for parents after the final Thursday Club sessions of the term, at which she explains the expectations and curriculum for the Reception Year in school and addresses any parental concerns or questions.
• When children start their first term in Reception, we offer a short, graduated period of part time days leading up to staying all day in the second full week. We pride ourselves in meeting the individual needs of all children and find most are settled well with this approach. We are, of course, able to be flexible (for example if a child would benefit from a longer period of part time hours) and are happy to discuss alternative arrangements on an individual basis.
• The Reception Class has an open door policy before the official school start time each morning. Parents and children go straight into the classroom where children can choose from a range of activities.