Admissions

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If you are interested in your child joining the school/college/academy, please contact us to discuss what we have to offer and to arrange a visit if you can.  

Headteacher – Mrs Stephens          admin@stjo.uk            01395 264875

Once you decide you would like a place you must make a formal application.  

How to apply 

Most children join our school/college/academy 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 1 September and 31 October for secondary schools at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline  

If your child lives in another LA, including BCP Council, 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  

If you are interested in your child joining the school/college/academy in-year (once the academic year has started), you can apply for a place through Devon County Council at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline  

There is a right of appeal and to a place on a waiting list for places where an application is refused.  

Admission Arrangements 

  • Parent Privacy Notice   
  • Student Privacy Notice 

Plymouth CAST is the admissions authority for our school. It has responsibility 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 Authority 

We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council. Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. This is at www.devon.gov.uk/admissions 

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

The appeals process is detailed at www.devon.gov.uk/school-appeals 

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.

School admissions policy 2022-23 

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.   

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. 

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.    

 School admissions policy 2024-25 

See the policy below.  This will be open for comment during a public consultation between 16 December 2022 and 31 January 2023 at If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school.

We are proposing to amend the oversubscription criteria for the school.  The policy will be determined by our admissions authority before the end of February and published here by 15 March 2023. 

 2024 admissions policy.pdf 

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2023 

Primary school 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. 

Appeals at the normal round of admissions will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 31 March 2024. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 1 March 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.