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September 2021 Admissions


Online applications should be made on the Devon County Website at  by January 15th 2021


If you applied online via the Devon County Council website
 your child’s offer of a school place will be emailed to you on Thursday 15 April 2021

Please make sure your email address is kept up to date.

You can also log into your online account from 15 April 2021 to find out which school has been offered.

If you applied by post a letter will be sent to you by second class post on 16 April.

Your child will be offered one primary school place. If a place was available at more than one of your preferences, the offer will be for the school that can offer a place which was your highest preference. If none of your preferred schools could offer a place, Admissions will make an offer at another school. This may be the school designated for your address if it has a vacancy remaining or the closest school to your child’s home with a vacancy.

What happens next

If you are happy with the school place offered  to your child you do not need to do anything else, other than confirm you want the place to the school itself.

If you are not happy with the offer you may appeal.

Please contact our office on 01392 467984 should you have any queries
or speak to the Admissions department on
0345 155 1019

In year and Foundation Year Admissions


Thank you for your interest in our school. If you are interested in your child becoming a pupil at Pinhoe, please refer to our Admissions policy in the first instance.  


For prospective enquiries, school tours or a conversation with our Headteacher, please contact the school office and ask to speak to Janice Haggett, Senior Administration Assistant on 01392 467984.


Subject to available places, the school can accommodate in year admissions in some year groups at present.  Formal application should be made through the Devon County Council Admissions Team on
0345 155 1019.  


For applications for the next year of Foundation Stage entry, please refer to our policy and call the  Admissions team  if you have any queries.  Application should be made online at  Applications for September 2021 will not open until November 2020.

Dates for our open days will be advertised near the time.


 Pre-School Admissions

Please note that admissions to our pre school and school are managed separately. Please contact our Pre School Administrator, Mrs Edna Davis, for further information about a place at the pre school.


Although our pre school is a governor led setting and part of our school community, a place at the pre school does not automatically mean a place is secured at the school.


All parents/carers with a child attending the pre school, should apply for a school place at the correct time, following the School Place Application Guidance for the Local Education Authority.


The Governors of the Cedar Tree Federation are proposing a variation to the School Admissions Policy 2021/2022 for Pinhoe Cof E Primary School and for Woodbury CofE Primary School.

During the Covid19 pandemic, churches and other religious buildings have been closed by law for public worship and for other uses. Since the oversubscription criteria for the schools include church attendance (at a specified frequency and period of time) parents and their children, who are seeking admission priority on the faith criteria, are unable to meet this criterion under the terms of our current admissions arrangements.

Therefore, to the current oversubscription criteria relating to church attendance for admissions in September 2021 for Reception as given below:

Priority will next be given to children who regularly attend (or whose parents regularly attend) a Christian Church.

The proposed variation is:

In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these (admission) arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship.

The request for variation will be made to the Office of the Schools Adjudicator on our behalf by the Diocese of Exeter.

If anyone has any questions, please contact the school office in the first instance.

Consultation on our Admissions policy for 2022-23


Above 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 below.


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.

Application Declined

Detailed information about the appeals process, including the Online Admissions Appeal Form, can be found at


  • You have the right to an admissions appeal that is independent of the school if your application for admission is refused. This is for any refusal except where a child has been permanently excluded from school twice (the most recent having been within the last 2 years). Appeals are scheduled within statutory timescales, up to 40 school days after the LA deadline for submitting appeals: 29 May 2020. Where they are submitted later, they are heard within 30 school days of being submitted. .
  • Your child’s name will automatically be added to our waiting list and will stay on there until the end of the academic year. You can reapply then if you want to remain on a waiting list.
  • If your application was for in-year admissions – that’s at any time after the start of the Reception year – then the Local Authority will consider whether your child is eligible for consideration under its Fair Access Protocol. In certain circumstances, this may mean the LA will allocate a place in a school even when it would otherwise be full. You can speak to the LA Admissions Team about this; normally this would only be for a child who doesn’t already have access to education and where there is no reasonable alternative. This Protocol does not apply for the normal round of admissions to the start of the Reception year.