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Admissions We welcome visits to our school so that parents can make an informed choice about whether we are the right school for their child. Parents should make their applications for admissions by applying to the Devon County Council central school admissions online at www.devon.gov.uk/admissionsonline.


In addition


parents can also fill in a supplementary form (available from our website) if they wish any church links to be considered when pupils are being ranked against oversubscription criteria. For further information please make contact by ringing our school. The admissions policy is available on our website.


Transfer from Pre-school to The Beacon In the term prior to entry, parents are invited to an information meeting (crèche provided) where information about the school and, in particular, the Reception Class, is given. The new children are also invited in for a series of 5 introductory sessions so they get to know staff and their future classmates. We aim to make transition as easy as possible for our families. Good communication is a priority. We do not have a nursery or pre-school at The Beacon however we are able to direct you towards a number that are local to the school.


Transfer from Year 6 to 7 We actively seek to make transition to your chosen secondary school successful for your child. Most of our pupils transfer to Exmouth Community College. Throughout year 6 there are numerous opportunities for visits, including those to take part in Maths challenges, sample lessons and library familiarisation visits. In the last week of the summer term, pupils attend 2 welcome days where they get to meet their future tutor and other pupils in their tutor group. Transition arrangements are strong and prepare our pupils well. For those pupils who transfer to other schools, arrangements are also made for visits and contact.


‘Pupils develop an exceptionally strong sense of community’ Ofsted 2011


‘The school promotes community cohension exceptionally well’


Ofsted 2011


‘Learning makes my child very happy and I think she has been encouraged perfectly’


Quote from parent


Attendance Regular attendance and punctuality are essential in ensuring pupils have every opportunity to succeed. It is the legal responsibility of parents/carers to ensure that registered pupils of compulsory school age attend school. If your child is ill and therefore absent from school you should ensure we are informed. We operate a ‘safe to school scheme’ and will attempt to ring parents on the first day of any unknown absence. included at the back of this booklet.


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Complaints We value the good relations we enjoy with parents and the community. These good relations are based on mutual respect and a willingness to listen to other points of view. It is in the best interest of all parties that any concern is expressed and resolved at the earliest possible stage. Please see our website for more details about the complaints procedures.


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