Applying for Bow School

Admission for all School Age Children

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 in Reception or at any other time after this, you must make a formal application. You can do this by applying to the Local Authority and not direct to the school.

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 is 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 or just about the admissions process in general, 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.


School admissions policy 2019-20

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or    


School admissions policy 2020-21

This is our determined policy.  If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or  


School admissions policy 2021-22

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact us at the school or  

Objections can be made up to 15 May 2020 to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator.


School admissions policy 2022-23

We will consult on an admissions policy between 1 November 2020 and 8 January 2021. If you have any comments regarding the policy we propose, you can contact us at the school or  

After the consultation, we will determine the policy at a meeting of the admissions authority held before the end of February 2021.

Once determined, the policy will be updated by 15 March 2021.

Objections can be made up to 15 May 2021 to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator.


The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2020

The School Admissions (England) (Coronavirus) (Appeals Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 apply to appeals that are submitted by parents on or before 31 January 2021. They amend the timescales and processes referred to in our admissions arrangements.

Appeals will not be heard at a face to face meeting. They will be heard by remote access – by video or telephone conference. Where it is not possible for a parent to take part by remote access, the appeal panel may make its decision based on the written information that is submitted.

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.


The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2021

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Foundation will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals on 14 May 2021. Where the application was not made in time for a decision to be made on 16 April 2021, they will be heard within that 40-day period or, if that is not possible, within 30 days of the appeal being lodged. In-year admission 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.

Current Admissions policy