Applying for Bow School
Admission for all School Age Children
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 Mrs Susan Vile, our administrator here at the school.
If we have an available place in school, then you will need to contact County Admissions, to express your interest and complete the necessary paperwork - usually this is online. If there are no spaces available, then you will have the right to appeal via a panel that is independent of the school and County will place your child’s name on a waiting list for vacancies.
Devon County Council is responsible for our admissions policy because we are a Community school. The policy is reviewed every year in the Council’s annual consultation in December and January. This welcomes the views of our local community.
If we have a vacancy then all children are welcome to join us. If we are oversubscribed, we still welcome all children but give priority to particular groups: children who are looked after by the local authority, children who live in our catchment, children with siblings already here. These oversubscription criteria are only used when we are oversubscribed.
For full details of our admission arrangements, please look at Devon’s co-ordinated admissions schemes as they constitute our policy.
We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council which help parents to make applications for admission to school.
Parents can apply through Devon County Council, for in-year admissions and through the local authority where the child lives for the normal round of admissions.
Devon County Council Admission Policy 2019
For in-year admissions in any academic year, appeals must be heard within 30 school days of the appeal being lodged.
Starting School in Reception
At Bow School, children may join the Reception Class as “Rising Fives”, although parents have the right to choose whether they should be admitted then or in the term after their fifth birthday, which is the statutory legal school age.
All Children are now admitted at the beginning of the autumn term if they were born between 1st September and 31st August inclusive. School starts at 8.55 a.m. and children should be collected at 3.30 p.m. However, in their first term, for the first week children attend for mornings only, being collected at 12.15pm. During their second week pupils remain over lunch and are collected at 1.30pm. In the third week, pupils are then ready to stay for a full day.
Special Circumstances for Early or Full Time Admission
Parents who wish their child to be admitted at a younger age should apply to the County Admissions Team on 0345 155 1019.
Links with Bow Bears Pre School
There are very strong links between the children and staff at Bow Bears and the Reception Class Teacher, Mrs Fay, who visits them whenever possible to establish relationships with children prior to beginning their school education. Such links give both the children and their parent’s opportunities to become involved in school life at an early stage.
In the half-term before the children start school they come to the classroom for one afternoon on alternate weeks (with the playgroup staff) for a 4+ session. Such visits help these children to settle into a routine prior to starting school. These visits are timetabled to enable all children to make a few visits. We try to include a lunchtime visit as well, so that pupils experience the noise and bustle of the dinner hall.
Introduction to Bow School (Reception Class)
During the last half term before starting school parents are invited to take a tour of the school. Parents will also have an opportunity to informally meet members of staff. A new parents meeting will be held before children start school full time to discuss Reception class routines. The reception Class teacher will also make a home visit to each new pupil during this term.