Consultation on school admission arrangements
The consultation on school admissions arrangements for the 2019 to 2020 academic year will be live from the 11 December 2017. Please revisit after this date.
The consultation on school admission arrangements for the 2018 to 2019 academic year is now closed.
Consultation on school admission arrangements for the 2018 to 2019 academic year
Admission authorities must set (determine) admission arrangements annually. Where changes are proposed to admission arrangements, the admission authority must first publicly consult on those arrangements. If no changes are made to admission arrangements, they must be consulted on at least every seven years. Consultation must be for a minimum of six weeks and must take place between 1 October and 31 January of the year before those arrangements are to apply. For example, for arrangements which are to apply to applications in 2017 (entry in September 2018), consultation must be completed by 31 January 2017. This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any concerns about proposed admission arrangements.
We're consulting all stakeholders on the proposed admission arrangements for admission arrangements for 2018/2019. Amongst others, we will be consulting with:
- All maintained schools in Plymouth
- Pre-schools in Plymouth
- Local community groups
- Neighbouring local authorities
- Schools in neighbouring areas
- Church of England (CE) and Roman Catholic (RC) Diocesan Directors of Education
- City Councillors and Members of Parliament
- Trade unions
- Relevant Trusts and Associations
The consultation is based on the Department for Education (DfE) School Admissions Code. Current admission arrangements for Plymouth maintained schools are published in the:
- Starting infant or primary school booklet (starting school for the first time)
- Starting junior school booklet (transfers from Year 2 of an infant school to a junior school)
- Next step (year 7 admissions) booklet (transfers from primary or junior school to secondary school at Year 7)
- Another step (year 9 and 10 admissions) booklet (starting at a key stage 4 institution for the first time at Year 10)
- In-year admissions booklet (transfers at any point other than those stated above).
The admission arrangements within this consultation have been based on the School Admissions Code 2014 and the School Admission Appeals Code 2012.
We are consulting on the co-ordinated admission scheme arrangements for the 2018 to 2019 academic year during this current consultation process. We are also consulting on the admission arrangements for 2018 to 2019 for all community and voluntary controlled nursery, primary, junior and secondary schools:
- Primary: Compton CE Primary School, Dunstone Primary School, Ford Primary School, High View Primary School, Hyde Park Infants School, Knowle Primary School, Laira Green Primary School, Lipson Vale Primary School, Mary Dean's CE Primary School, Pennycross Primary School, Pomphlett Primary School, Shakespeare Primary School, Tor Bridge Primary School and Victoria Road Primary School
- Junior: Hyde Park Junior School
- Secondary: Plymouth High School for Girls
and on behalf of the following own admission authority schools:
- All through: Plymouth School of Creative Arts
- Primary: Austin Farm Primary Academy, Beechwood Primary Academy, Boringdon Primary School, Chaddlewood Primary School, College Road Primary School, Drake Primary School, Eggbuckland Vale Primary School, Elburton Primary School, Ernesettle Community School, Glen Park Primary School, Goosewell Primary Academy, High Street Primary Academy, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Hooe Primary Academy, Keyham Barton Catholic Primary School, Leigham Primary School, Manadon Vale Primary School, Marine Academy Primary School and Nursery, Marlborough Primary Academy, Mayflower Community Academy, Montpelier Primary School, Morice Town Primary Academy, Mount Street Primary School, Mount Wise Primary School, Oakwood Primary Academy, Pilgrim Primary School, Plaistow Hill Infant and Nursery School, Plympton St Maurice Primary School, Prince Rock Primary School, Riverside Primary School, St Andrew's CE Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, St Paul's Roman Catholic Primary School, St Peter's CE Primary School, St Peter's RC Primary School, Salisbury Road Primary School, Sparkwell All Saints Primary School (which is situated in Sparkwell, Devon), Stoke Damerel Primary School, Stuart Road Primary School, The Cathedral School St Mary, Thornbury Primary School, Weston Mill Community Primary Academy, Whitleigh Community Primary School, Widewell Primary Academy, Widey Court Primary School, Woodfield Primary School, Woodford Primary School and Yealmpstone Farm Primary School
- Junior: St Budeaux Foundation (CE Voluntary Aided (VA)
- Secondary: All Saints CE Academy, Coombe Dean School, Devonport High School for Boys, Devonport High School for Girls, Eggbuckland Community College, Hele's School, Lipson Co-operative Academy, Marine Academy Plymouth, Plympton Academy, Plymstock School, Sir John Hunt Community Sports College, Stoke Damerel Community College and Tor Bridge High
- Key Stage 4: Scott Medical and Healthcare College
The following own admission authority schools aren't taking part in the consultation hosted by Plymouth Local Authority but may still be consulting on their admission arrangements:
- Old Priory Junior Academy
- Oreston Community Academy
- St Edward's CE Primary School
- St George's CE Primary School
- St Mary's CE Infant School
- St Matthew's CE Primary and Nursery Academy
Please refer to the schools own website for more information.
The following schools aren't consulting on their admission arrangements for 2018/2019 as they will remain the same as those in effect for 2017/2018:
- Notre Dame RC School
- St Boniface RC College
- Studio School Plymouth
- UTC Plymouth
The full consultation documents are available on the following pages:
- Co-ordinated scheme of admission
- Maintained nursery schools
- Community and voluntary controlled primary schools (excluding Plympton)
- Community and voluntary controlled schools (Plympton)
- Own admission authority primary schools
- Junior schools
- All through primary and secondary schools
- Secondary schools
- Own admission authority key stage 4 provision
Paper copies are also available from the School Admissions Team on request.
The published admission numbers (PANs) for schools within this consultation will remain the same in 2018 to 2019 as they were for 2017 to 2018 with the exception of:
|School||2017/2018 PAN||2018/2019 PAN|
|Devonport High School for Boys||
|Mount Wise Primary School||
|Woodford Primary School||
You can also send your comments in writing to School Admissions Consultation, Learning and Communities, Plymouth City Council, Windsor House, Tavistock Road, Plymouth PL6 5UF or by email to the School Admissions Team firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments must be received by 29 January 2017 as the consultation will close on this date.
Having taken into account any responses to the consultation, admission authorities must set their arrangements by 28 February 2017 and then, within 14 days, notify those they consulted of the new arrangements. In setting their admission arrangements, authorities must 'act in accordance with the School Admissions and Appeals Codes (Education and Inspections Act 2006). Once set, objections to arrangements can be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator.
Once the admission arrangements have been formally determined, objections to the admission arrangements can be made to the Schools Adjudicator who will consider whether the arrangements do not or may not comply with the mandatory requirements of this Code or the law. Objections should be submitted by 15 May 2017.