Admissions

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Marshwood CE Primary Academy is a member of Acorn Multi Academy Trust which 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 Dorset County Council. Most of our children transfer to The Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis, and some move on to Colyton Grammar School. 

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 01297 678 224 or by emailing marshwoodoffice@acornacademy.org and Luke Owen 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 (see below).

Useful Links

In Year Admissions

If you are planning to move your child during the year, all applications must be made in line with Dorset LAs admission scheme. Further information is available through their website below.

Click here to view Dorset in year applications 

Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus

New guidance has been published and is in force from 24 April to 31 Jan 2021

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/admission-appeals-for-school-places/coronavirus-covid-19-school-admission-appeals

Dorset School’s Admission Appeals Timetable

Link to Dorset Admissions Appeals Timetable

Local Authority to publish appeals: 28 February

  1. For a parent to submit an Appeal:At least 20 school days from the parent receiving notice of the refusal of a place
    at a school.
  2. Notice of the Appeal Hearing: At least 10 school days before the hearing
  3. Appellants (usually the parents) to submit evidence
  4. Admission Authority (the school) to submit their evidence 8 school days before the Appeal hearing.
  5. The Clerk (the person organising the appeal) sends Appeal papers to parents, the panel and the school.
  6. 5 school days before the Appeal - additional evidence from the Appellants. (Sometimes the Appellants wish to provide additional information after seeing all the papers)
  7. Decision letters sent to the Appellants. Within 5 school days of the hearing (wherever possible) (The letter that informs the Appellant if their Appeal has been Upheld or refused)
  8. For applications made in the normal way. Admissions Round Appeals must be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals (see a. above)
  9. For In Year and Late Applications - Within 30 school days of the Appeal (those that came in after the deadline being lodge and have not been decided by the offer date) Appeals must be heard.

Admission Appeals:

  • Must always be heard by a properly trained, competent, experienced and knowledgeable, independent panel
  • Have an independent Clerk to the Appeal Panel present, who has a clear understanding and knowledge of the School Admissions Code and the School Admission Appeals Code and can offer Guidance to the panel.

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.

Click here to download the In Year Application Form.

Announcement

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