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Joining Us...

Bow Community Primary School is a community school.

Devon County Council is the admissions authority, responsible for the admissions policies and decisions on applications for admission. We have an admissions policy for each academic year. They are written to comply with the School Admissions Code and School Admissions Appeals Code. We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council.

Come and visit us

If you are interested in your child attending our school, you are welcome to come in and visit us. You can arrange a visit on 01363 82319 or by emailing Susan Vile, Sue Richards or Mel Butler will be able to discuss admission with you.

Applying to come to Bow Community Primary School 

Once you decide you would like a place at Bow Community Primary School, you must make a formal application. You can do this by applying to the Local Authority. 

For the Normal Round intake into school, children are offered places to start in Reception at the beginning of the September term after their fourth birthday. Children who are admitted to a vacancy at any time after this point are called 'In-Year' Admissions.

The Local Authority

Devon County Council publishes information about admissions and its own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. This can be found at:

Applications can be made online at by using the forms available at 

The appeals process is detailed at

For questions about your child joining the school, please don’t hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or by email to

Our Admissions Policies

You can find our School Admissions Policy in our policy section of the website. 

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 from the start of Reception through to Year 6.

The Admissions Appeal Timetable 

A new deadline for appeals will be at least 28 calendar days from the date of the refusal to admit. Appeals will be heard as soon as possible after they are submitted with parents given at least 14 days’ written notice of an appeal hearing. Parents may not submit additional evidence on the day of the appeal.

Starting School in Reception

At Bow Community Primary 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. 

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 morning or afternoon session every week  (with the preschool 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 Community Primary 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.