Reception or In-year Admissions

If you are interested in your child joining us, either in our main intake into Reception or at any other time, please do come along and visit us.   If you would like to make an appointment to visit, please contact Mrs Brocksom, Senior Administrator (01392 445403  ext 222 / 

We have a PAN of 45 children per year group. If we can make a place available to you then we will. If not, you would have the right to appeal to a panel that is independent of the school and we would place your child’s name on a waiting list for vacancies. 

We have our own admissions policy because we are an Academy school and have responsibility for admissions decisions. Our policy is reviewed every year – we take part in the Council’s annual consultation in December and January and welcome the views of our local community. 

If we have a vacancy then all children are welcome to join us. If we are oversubscribed, we still welcome all children but give priority to particular groups: 


2021-22 Oversubscription Criteria 

Any child whose Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) names this school will be admitted.

Oversubscription criteria (to be used only if we need to prioritise applications 

1. Looked after children and children who were previously looked after but immediately after being looked after became subject to adoption, a child arrangements order, or special guardianship order. 

2. Children based on their exceptional medical (see page 9 & 10) or social needs or those of their parents.

3. Children who are Baptised Catholic. (See note 2)

4. Children who are siblings of pupils on roll at this school. 

5. Children who are members of any other faith.

6. Children of members of staff:  

a)    Where the member of staff has been employed at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, and/or

b)    The member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

7. Other children.

Tie breaker – to prioritise applications in the same oversubscription criterion, we will use straight-line distance from home to school

We only use these oversubscription criteria when we are oversubscribed. For full details of our admission arrangements, please look at our admissions policies below.

How to apply for a place at St Nicholas

We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council which help parents to make applications for admission to school. Parents must apply through Devon for in-year admissions and for the normal round of Reception admissions. 

Once you have applied to Devon we also ask you to complete a Supplementary Information Form (included in the CAST Admissions Policy below) with confirmation from a priest or minister to demonstrate that your child should have higher priority on faith or staff grounds. 

If you would like further information, please contact us in school on 01392445403 or Devon’s Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or visit the links below.