Acorn Multi Academy Trust is the admissions authority for its member schools, 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 Devon and Dorset County Councils.
The local governing bodies of each school play an active part in the admissions process. Links below will take you to the academy admissions pages.  

Applying to come to our schools

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. 

The Local Authority

Devon and Dorset County Council publish information about admissions and their own policies to support the admissions application and appeals process. The links are at:

Devon County Council Admissions

Dorset County Council Admissions

Applications to Devon can be made online at: by using the forms available at:

Applications to Dorset can be made online at:

For questions about your child joining the school or just about the admissions process in general, please don’t hesitate to contact the school direct or contact Devon School Admissions Service on 0345 155 1019 or by email to:

You can contact Dorset School Admissions Service on 01305 221060 or email to:

Our Admissions Policies

You can find our admissions policies below through the county council websites. We review the school policies 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.

Devon School admissions policies 2021 - 22

2021 admissions policies 

2021 Supplementary Information Form.pdf 

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact the school or   

Devon School admissions policies 2022 - 23

This is our determined policy. If you have any comments regarding the policy, you can contact the school or   Objections can be made up to 15 May 2021 to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator

2022 admissions policies 

2022 Supplementary Information Form.pdf

Devon School admissions policies 2023 - 24

We will consult on an admissions policy between 1 November 2021 and 8 January 2022. If you have any comments regarding the policy we propose, you can contact the school or  After the consultation, we will determine the policy at a meeting of the admissions authority held before the end of February 2022. Once determined, the policy will be updated by 15 March 2022. Objections can be made up to 15 May 2022 to the Office of the Schools' Adjudicator.

2023 admissions policies 

2023 Supplementary Information Form.pdf

Dorset School admissions policies 2021 - 23

2021 admissions policies
2022 admissions policies
2023 admissions policies

The Admissions Appeals Timetable 2022

Appeals at the normal round of admissions to Reception will be heard within 40 school days of the deadline for lodging appeals. Please use the links below for the timetable.



Changes to school admission appeals due to Coronavirus

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

Links to academy admission arrangements

Axminster Community Primary

Mrs E's CofE Primary Academy, Uplyme

Marshwood CofE Primary Academy

Membury Primary Academy & Little Acorns Pre-School

St Andrews CofE Primary Academy & Little Acorns Pre-School, Chardstock

Loders CofE Primary Academy & Little Acorns Pre-School

Thorncombe St Mary's CofE PrimaryAcademy