We welcome applications to our school.  Whether your child is starting school for the first time or moving from another school we will ensure they have the best possible induction.

Devon County Council is responsible for our admissions policy because we are a community school. The policy is reviewed every year in the Council’s annual consultation in December and January. This welcomes 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: children who are looked after by the local authority, children with an exceptional need to come to our school, children who live in our catchment, children with siblings already here and children who live closer to us. These oversubscription criteria are only used when we are oversubscribed. For full details of our admission arrangements, please look at Devon’s co-ordinated admissions schemes as they constitute our policy.

We take part in the co-ordinated admissions schemes of Devon County Council which help parents to make applications for admission to school. Parents can apply through Devon for in-year admissions and through the local authority where the child lives for the normal round of admissions.


At Shirwell School we have one point of entry.  This means that, providing there is a place available, children may be admitted to school in the September before their fifth birthday.  New children are invited into school to meet the staff and pupils the term before they are due to start.

Parents are encouraged to become fully involved in their child’s education throughout their time at Shirwell.  There will be opportunities for parents to meet with the staff who will be working with their children and also to spend time in school with their child.


Currently the school is allowed to admit up to eight children in any one year group.  It is important that parents register their children as soon as possible so that they can be considered for a place.  Children with special educational needs follow the same admission procedure as all other prospective pupils.

Parents are encouraged to apply on-line for a school place at

If you would like further information, please contact us in school or Devon’s Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or go to:

Admissions information
Devon’s admissions policies
Online applications in Devon
More on the appeals timetable



If you have any questions about any aspect of this process please contact our office and we will give you all the advice and guidance needed.