Admissions: Nursery, Primary & Secondary

Our Nursery

We are excited to announce that, after a really successful trial period since Christmas, our extended nursery opening hours will be continuing. These hours will be in line with the rest of the school, enabling nursery-aged children to attend from 7.45am to 6pm each day.

After much thought, we have also decided to combine the leadership and provision of our two nurseries (Big Nursery – for children aged 3 or above on 1st September and Little Valley – for children aged 2 on 1st September). We have decided to take this step so that we can get the very most out of our resources whilst also creating a more consistent experience for the children throughout their nursery education. In addition, working as a combined team will provided far greater opportunities for us to share best practice which will, in turn, further improve the excellent care and education that the children currently experience.

We will still have the same staff using the same areas of the school looking after your children but the nursery will be managed as one setting looking after all of the children from 2-4 years old all overseen by our excellent, experienced and fully qualified Nursery Teacher, Miss French. Our intention is that the children will really benefit from being in one setting and being cared for by one group of staff for their entire nursery education

Nursery Admissions

If you need any more information or have any questions please contact the school office either by email: or by phone: 018030 613296

Free Child Care for two year olds

You may be eligible for 15 free hours per week as part of the new Government scheme.  To be eligible for a place on this scheme you need to meet certain criteria, for more information about the scheme and to apply for a place please click here:

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Our School: Primary School Admission – September 2020

If your child was born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016 you must apply for a school place between 1 November 2019 and 15 January 2020.  There will be Open Mornings for people who are interested in securing a place in our Reception classes and Nursery class in September 2020.

The Open Mornings are as follows:

28th October at 9.15 am

4th November at 9.15 am

Please either email us on or ring the School Office on (01803)613296 to let us know which date you would like to visit.

We currently have one space in Reception and Year 3 and 3 spaces in Year 6.  Torbay Council hold the waiting lists for children requiring a space in our school.  If you have a child or know of a child who may be interested in these places please contact Torbay Council in the first instance.  Prospective parents are welcome to come on the two Open Mornings above. Please also either email us on or ring the School Office on (01803)613296 to let us know which date you would like to visit.

Please register your interest in a school place by sending or emailing an ‘Expression of Interest in School Form’.

The School’s planned admission number (PAN) is 90. This means that each year we have 90 places in our Reception classes for children to take up.

For information relating to admissions, please click on the following link:
Primary Schools Admissions

For Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Primary Schools, i.e. Sherwell Valley Primary School,  in Torbay 2019/20: click here

All children start in September, when they will reach their 5th birthday by the following 31st August. There is a short period of induction when children attend part time.

Applying for a place at Secondary School 

Secondary School Admission – September 2020 – for Year 6 Parents

If your child is in Year 6 you should apply for a secondary school place for September 2020 between now and the 31st October.  You can obtain a copy of the TIPS8 guidance and apply online at

You can apply online or complete a CAF1 form which can be obtained from the Connections Office at Paignton Library and return it to Student Services, 4th Floor South, Tor Hill House, c/o Town Hall, Torquay, TQ1 3DR.  You still have to apply for a place even if your child has taken or is taking a selective test for a grammar school place.



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