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Sherwell Valley Primary School

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Our Nursery

We are excited to announce that, after a really successful trial period since Christmas, our extended nursery opening hours will be continuing in September, 2019. 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


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


We hold an open evening in the Spring and would love you to come and have a look around the nursery and meet the staff.


We are also extending our nursery opening times from September to be the same as those for children attending the school (7.45am to 6pm) to support families who need care for their children either before or after school.


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/when you decide that Sherwell Valley Nursery is the best place for your child in September, please complete the click on the link for the form, below, giving us details of the days/times you would like your child to attend.


We will then notify you regarding whether your child has a place in the nursery in May.


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:


You may find the following useful:

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.

We currently have 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. 

We are holding an open morning for parents interested in a Reception class place for September, 2020, at 9:15 a.m. 7th January, 2020. Please email to let us know if you would like to attend.

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

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 


Moving onto Secondary School


When your child is in year 6 you will need to make an application for your preferred Secondary School.


For up to date information click the link below to access the Torbay secondary school admission website. – secondary school admissions