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 www.devon.gov.uk/admissions.
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 www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline 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.
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 www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements
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 https://new.devon.gov.uk/educationandfamilies/school-information/apply-for-a-school-place/school-appeals
Secondary School Application Process
For application details for Secondary Schools please visit:
Consultation on our Admissions policy for 2022-23
Below you will see a link to our proposed admissions policy for 2022-23. We are consulting on this between 1 November and 8 January and invite any parent or other person with an interest in our admission arrangements to read the policy and make any comments you wish. You will see where there are changes, the text is in red – either something we propose to add or, if it has a line through it, something we propose to remove.
One of the proposals is to add children who have been adopted from state care outside of England to our oversubscription criterion 1. This is in anticipation that the Department for Education will require this change for all schools as it has just consulted on changes to the School Admissions Code. It is possible that the Department’s timescales may mean that the Code is not amended before the end of February, when we have to formally set our policy. If that is the case, we may have to determine our policy without that change and then alter it later in spring or summer. We are bringing it to your attention though as a change in policy that we expect to have to introduce.
Other than changes in red and dates moving forward a year, the way our policy will work is the same as in the previous year, 2021-22 which you can also see below.
If you have any comments, you can make them to Devon County Council which is co-ordinating the consultation. Further information is at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionarrangements. You will be able to view the proposed policies for all state-funded schools in Devon and the Local Authorities policies there too.
The consultation ends on 8 January and all policies must be determined by 28 February and published in the same places by 15 March.