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Eggbuckland Vale Primary School & Nursery

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Admission Arrangements




    Consultation on admission arrangements 2023/24

    All school admission authorities, including Plymouth City Council, are required to consult on their admission arrangements in accordance with provisions within the School Admissions Code where there is a change to the arrangements or at least once every seven years if there are no changes.  It is important to ensure that school admission arrangements meet the needs of all parents and children and consultation is an important part of the process in formulating and setting school admission arrangements.

    We are consulting all stakeholders on the proposed admission arrangements for admission arrangements for 2023/2024. Amongst others, we will be consulting with:

    • all maintained schools in Plymouth;
    • pre-schools in Plymouth;
    • parents;
    • 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.

    Further information and details of the proposed changes are available on the Plymouth City Council website at from Monday 6 December 2021. As part of the consultation process we would like to canvass the views of as many groups of people as possible. 


    The closing date for the consultation is Sunday 16 January 2022 and any comments should be submitted online using the online form available at or by email to



    Consultation on admission arrangements 2022/23

    Consultations on the arrangements for 2022/2023 are now closed. The timetable for post consultation dates are at the bottom of the page.


    Consultation on admission arrangements 2021/2022

    Consultations on the arrangements for 2021/2022 are now closed. The timetable for post consultation dates are at the bottom of the page.


    Consultation on admission arrangements 2020/2021

    Consultations on the arrangements for 2020/2021 are now closed. The timetable for post consultation dates are at the bottom of the page.


    Below you will find admission information and links for the admission criteria to Eggbuckland Vale Primary School

    Please note that the School Admission Code 2014 has required amendment to our existing admission policies. The 2015/16 policy is therefore amended as follows:


     (i) Wherever the policy refers to a child with a statement of special education need, the same provision also applies to a child with an Education Heath Care Plan.


     (ii) The definition of a looked after or previously looked after child is now replaced with the following definition: A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school.  Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).


     (iii) Admission out of the normal age group: Places will normally be offered in the Year Group according to the child’s date of birth but a parent may submit an application for a Year Group other than the child’s chronological Year Group. We will make a decision on the basis of the circumstances of each case and in the best interests of the child concerned. This will include taking account of the parent’s views; information about the child’s academic, social and emotional development; where relevant, their medical history and the views of a medical professional; whether they have previously been educated out of their normal age group; and whether they may naturally have fallen into a lower age group if it were not for being born prematurely. We will also take into account the views of the head teacher of the school(s) concerned. Parents must not assume that the decision of one school will transfer with the child to a different school as the decision rests with the individual admission authority. Where a place is refused in a different Year Group but a place is offered in the school, there will be no right of appeal.


    SEND Admissions for children with Statements and EHCPs

    All governing bodies are required by section 324 of the Education Act 1996 to admit to the school a child with a statement of special education needs that names the school. Under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 the school named in an Education, Health and Care Plan must admit the child. This is not an oversubscription criterion. Schools must admit such children regardless of whether they have places available. Admission authorities must not imply in their published admission arrangements that they have discretion over the admission of children with statements of special educational needs or an EHCP. Children with Statements of SEND/EHCPs are not admitted through the admissions arrangements and are placed in schools through the statement/EHCP process.

    Children with SEND but no Statement/EHCP It is not lawful for an admission authority to refuse admission to a child who has SEND, but has no Statement or EHCP, on the grounds of the child's challenging behaviour (except in very limited circumstances), or because it believes the child requires a statutory assessment or requires additional support. In line with the Equality Act 2010, children with disabilities are not to be treated less favourably than others in the admission process. A school should make reasonable adjustments to prevent discrimination.