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 here

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 your 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 admissions policies below - 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.

Please find our School Admission Policy in our policy section, on the website or by following this link Admissions Policy

The Admissions Appeals 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.

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