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Woodford Primary School


There is only one intake in September in line with Plymouth Local Authority. Applications must be made to The Local Authority by December of previous year.


Parents are entitled to delay their child's admission to school, depending on their date of birth. however we cannot guarantee that a place would be available at a later stage.


There is also an induction programme agreed by the Plympton  Academic Council that runs for four weeks. The organisation of class units is dictated by the number of children on roll. We have a maximum of 30 children in each class, with 2/3 classes per year group, depending on numbers of children in the particular year group. Each class has a range of books and equipment to suit the age range and abilities of the children. The staff work closely in their year group for planning, assessment and recording, to ensure continuity. Staff also have a variety of experience and expertise that is used effectively when planning to assist and advise other members of staff. We also have a well trained and experienced Teaching Assistant team who assist in the classroom and support additional group work.


Admission Criteria


All applicants must:


  • Complete the Common Application Form available from, and returnable to Plymouth Local Education Authority.
  • In addition, applicants applying under criteria 4 below must complete the Plymouth Supplementary Information form and return it direct to the School Admissions Team, Plymouth City Council.


A child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) which names the school will be admitted.


Where there are less applicants than the PAN, all children will be admitted unless they can be offered a place in a higher ranked preference. In the event that the School is oversubscribed, the admission authority will apply the following oversubscripton criteria in order of priority:


1. Looked after children and all previously looked after children.  A 'looked after child' is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in Section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989) at the time of making an application to a school. Previously looked after children are children who were looked after, but ceased to be so because they were adopted (or became subject to a child arrangements order or special guardianship order).


2. A child with exceptional medical or social grounds. Applicants will only be considered under this heading if the parent/carer or their representative can demonstrate that only the preferred school can meet the exceptional medical or social needs of the child. This can be in the form of a testimony from a medical practitioner, social worker or other professional who can support the application on an 'exceptional' basis.

Exceptional medical or social grounds could include, for example:

  •  a serious medical condition, which can be supported by medical evidence
  •  a significant caring role for the child which can be supported by evidence from social services;


3. Children with a sibling already attending the school at the time of admission. Children are siblings if they are a full, half, step, or adoptive brother or sister, and live in the same family unit and household.


4. A child home address is within the designated school catchment area. A child's home address is defined as the address at which the child is normally resident or, where a child lives at more than one address, the address at which the child lives for the majority of the time. Where the home address is unclear, the Admission Authority will determine the appropriate address taking into account factors such as the address to which the Child Benefit Allowance or Child Tax Credit is payable, registration for medical services etc;


5. Children whose parent/carer is a member of staff employed on a permanent contract by the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made or where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage evidenced by completion of the staff supplementary information form. (This covers staff working at the school to which the application relates but does not include staff who work on the school site for other employers);


6. Other children measured by a straight line on the map using Plymouth City Council’s electronic mapping system – the shorter the distance, the higher the priority. Measurement points will be from the spatial locator identified by the National Land and Property Gazetteer. The spatial locator is the address point based on a general internal point. Flats are therefore taken to be the same measurement point regardless of floor of location.

Woodford Primary follows the Admissions Policy of the Westcountry Schools Trust. All school admissions are dealt with through a common application form submitted to the Local Authority. The admissions procedure to Plymouth schools is clearly explained in the ‘Starting School in Plymouth’ parents’ guide that is published by Plymouth City Council and can be found on their website at

The admissions arrangements detailed on this webpage apply to Woodford Primary School. Westcountry Schools Trust (WesT) are the Admissions Authority. 


Appeals: In the event that an applicant is denied a place at the school, the parent/carer will have the right of appeal to an independent appeal panel. Information relating to the appeal process can be obtained from Plymouth City Council’s School Admissions Team.


Plymouth School Admissions Team

All admissions queries: Telephone 01752 307469

The website at has information about applying for a place at the school, school appeals, and the coordinated schemes of admission.




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If you have any questions please contact us by phone or email.

Please follow the link below to take you to the Plymouth City Council school admissions website.