Admissions to our school

If you are considering Ladysmith for your child, we would be pleased to meet you and talk about what we have to offer. If you would like to arrange a visit, please get in touch with us by phone, email or call in to the school office.


Devon County Council is the admissions authority for our Federation schools, responsible for setting our admissions policy and making decisions when an application is made to join us.  Devon County Council's Admissions Service manages applications on our behalf. For further information or advice about the admissions process, parents can call My Devon on 0345 155 1019 or visit

Parents can apply for a Reception place at the Infant School or a Year 3 place at the Junior School using their Local Authority Common Application Form (for children who live in the Devon County Council area, this is available at or by requesting a copy of the D-CAF1 (Reception) / D-CAF2 (Year 3)  from My Devon. Applications should be made up to the national closing date of 15 January / 31 October – late applications may be at a disadvantage. Decisions are sent to parents around 16 April / 1 March.


In Year Admissions

For admissions at any time after the start of the Reception year or Year 3, you can apply using the D-CAF, wherever your child lives. Copies are available from My Devon.


Admissions Policies 

 You can view our determined admissions policies below.

These documents are also available on Devon’s website, along with the Local Authority’s own policies for co-ordinating admissions applications at

The Appeals Process

Any parent who is refused admission has the right to an appeal that is independent of the school. We use the Independent Devon Admissions Appeal Panel to handle any appeals being made. For further information, please call My Devon or visit


Secondary School Application Process 

For application details for Secondary Schools please visit:


Consultation on our Admissions policy for 2025-26

The consultation on the admissions policy for 2025-26 will start on November 1st 2023. We invite any parent or other person with an interest in our admission arrangements to read the policy and make any comments you wish.

If you have any comments, you can make them to Devon County Council which is co-ordinating the consultation. Further information is at You will be able to view the proposed policies for all state-funded schools in Devon and the Local Authorities policies there too.