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Although The King’s School is now an academy we are adhering to the criteria for admissions to Year 7 as used by Devon Local Authority. All schools have a limited number of places they can offer in Year 7 for new children joining the school - this is called the Published Admission Number (or PAN). For The King’s School this has been set at 180. If we receive fewer applications than the number of places available, then places can be offered to everyone who wants one. However, for many, many years The King’s School has been over-subscribed with many more applications for places than we have available. In this case we work with Devon using the oversubscription criteria below to prioritise places.  They are a part of our admission arrangements which are determined annually after a public consultation, hosted here:

 LinkDevon County Council Admission Arrangements

 LinkThe King's School Admission Policy 2018-19

 LinkAdmission Policies for previous years

The oversubscription criteria for the academic year 2017-18 are as follows:

1. Looked after Children and those who were Looked After or who were in Care but ceased to be because they were adopted or made the subject of a child arrangements order or a special guardianship order.

2. Children living in our designated area with a sibling on roll here at the point of application.

3. Children living in our designated area and attending a linked primary school at the time of application.**

4. Children of members of staff employed for more than two years up to the point of application or recruited within the past two years to fill a vacancy for which there was a skills shortage.

5. Other children living in the school’s designated area.

6. Children living outside our designated area with a sibling on roll here at the point of application.

7. Children living outside our designated area and attending a linked primary school at the time of application.*

** priority for children who attended a partner or linked primary school in Year 6 ceases once Year 7 begins each September.  The linked primary schools for The King’s School are:

  • Feniton C of E Primary School (a Voluntary Aided school)

  • Ottery St Mary Primary School

  • Payhembury C of E Primary School (a Voluntary Controlled school)

  • Tipton St John  C of E Primary School (a Voluntary Aided school)

  • West Hill Primary School

Further information regarding the over-subscription criteria can be found at the web address shown below. There are no selection tests and students of all talents and abilities are welcome, providing we can accommodate their needs.

“The Next Step” which explains the transfer arrangements to Secondary School is published in accordance with Section 8(5) of The Education Act 1980. It is available online and in paper format from The School Admissions Team, County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX4 2QG.

Devon’s education helpline is 0845 155 1019. Further information and leaflets are available online from:

 LinkDevon County Council School Admissions Service

School Admissions Online

You can apply from home 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a place in our new Year 7 intake - it’s quick and easy to use and there is no risk that your application will be lost in the post. You can apply for a Secondary School place by clicking on the following link from September to the end of October.

LinkOnline Admissions

We arrange for students transferring from local Primary Schools to spend a week with us in the July prior to their September start. This provides a wonderful opportunity for making new friends, experiencing a secondary school timetable and becoming acquainted with the layout of a new school.

In-Year Admissions

A number of our students join the school after the age of eleven as a result of transferring schools or moving into the area. Parents of such students are asked to make an appointment in advance to visit the school but they are required to apply through Devon Local Authority where the in year admissions criteria will be used when considering any application for place at the school outside of the normal Year 7 admissions route. The in-year admissions oversubscription criteria are those detailed above without the priority for children at partner or linked primary schools. As far as possible, students will be transferred onto appropriate courses. The greatest difficulties arise when students transfer during their GCSE course. This is now even more difficult to accommodate as external assessments and module examinations are carried out throughout the whole of years 10 and 11.  We provide a list of the school’s examination syllabuses at GCSE and it is always helpful to consider these in advance.

Sixth-form Admissions

A significant number of students transfer to our Sixth Form to study A/S, A2, Vocational and Occupational courses. We provide subject information for all subjects, parent information evenings as well as student support and guidance to facilitate a smooth transfer.

The designated area or catchment area map can be found by following:

LinkCatchment Area Maps

We consulted on our policy for the academic year 2016-17. See here: 

LinkDevon County Council Admission Arrangements

On our behalf, Devon County Council will send information about this consultation to all County Councillors, local councils, schools and early years settings in Devon, the Church of England and Catholic Diocese, neighbouring local authorities and local community groups who may have an interest in school admissions. Suggestions for other consultees are always welcome.

Consultation for following year:

The proposed admissions policy for 2018-19 is below  

LinkThe King's School Admission Policy 2017-18

Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the School or the School Admissions Team of Devon County Council on 0845 155 1019

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