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Sherwell Valley Primary School

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Reception Intake 2023 - applying for a place...


If your child's date of birth is between 1st September 2018 and the 31st August 2019 you are able to apply for a school place through Torbay Council   The first round of applications closed on the 13th January 2023.  Notifications of successful placements will be sent to parents on the 17th April 2023.  


If you missed the first round of applications you can still apply and this will be considered in the second round of applications.

If you are a prospective parent/carer interested in our School, please click on the link below to view our virtual tour. This will give you a taster of what we can offer.

For more information about admissions, please refer to the information below.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to either:

  • ring (01803 613296)


Our Nursery

 The hours for our Nursery are in line with the rest of the school, enabling nursery-aged children to attend from 7.45am to 6pm each day.

The Nursery is overseen by our excellent, experienced and fully qualified Nursery Teacher, Miss Ley.

Nursery Admissions

The new year starts in September. Your child will be eligible if he/she is 2 (or above) by 31st August.

The Nursery admissions policy (see link below), will give you more information about our Nursery and what the options are for your child if you would like them to attend.


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

or telephone: 01803 613296


For parents of children starting (or continuing in) our Nursery from September 2023, please view the Nursery presentation (link below).  We will be inviting parents who are interested in a place in our Nursery to join us for a tour just after Easter and will also be asking parents what sessions they require around the same time.  If you have completed the Expression of Interest form, we will contact you about this after Easter or alternatively if you have any urgent queries, please email:


If you wish to be considered for a Nursery place in future years from September 2023, please complete the Expression of Interest form (link below) and we will contact you nearer the time of admission. 


Early Years Education Funding for two, three and four year olds

Some two year old children are eligible for 15 hours of free education and childcare per week, 38 weeks per year. For more information about the scheme, whether you are eligible and how to apply, please visit:     


All three and four year old children are entitled to 15 hours of free education and childcare per week, 38 weeks per year, while some three and four year olds may qualify for 30 hours of free education and childcare per week, 38 weeks per year. For more information about these entitlements, please visit:


You may find the following information useful:

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, please click the following link:

Welcome to Reception September 2022.

To view the presentation for parents/carers please click: Welcome to Reception

Applying for a place at Primary School


Primary School Admission – September 2023


  • If your child was born between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019 you must apply for a school place between 1 November 2022 and 15 January 2023
  • You can apply for a school place through Torbay Council from 1st November, 2022.
  • Allocation of places will be on the 17th April 2023  

Applying for a place at Secondary School 

Secondary School Admission – September 2023 – for Year 6 Parents




It is possible to appeal when the school that you would prefer your child to attend has turned down your application because, in their view, to admit any further children "would prejudice the provision of efficient education or the efficient use of resources".

You also have the right to appeal if your application for a place at a selective school (a grammar school or Spires College selective stream) has not been successful as your child did not meet the required ability level in the selective tests or your child's score was not high enough.

Further information about appeals can be found in the TIPS 2 Booklet at Torbay Council which can be found here